At the Gate - Wednesday
May 22, 2013
By Mike Dempsey
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For the 35th straight year we are left with no Triple Crown winner after Gary Stevens and Oxbow stole the Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday, with Orb floundering in fourth.
While the Belmont Stakes (G1) in three weeks has lost much of its luster, early indications are it is going to be a large field which may include both Orb and Oxbow.
Trainer Shug McGaughey said he would like to run in the Belmont, but will keep a close eye on how the Derby winner comes out of his Preakness effort.
“I want to see him bounce back and see his soundness level and his energy level,” he said. “I think there are a lot of good wins down the road for him.”
Golden Soul, who was the runner up in the Kentucky Derby at a big price will be back in the Belmont, as will Derby third place finisher Revolutionary.
Revolutionary will be one of at least three Todd Pletcher trainees in the race. The five-time Eclipse Award winning trainer also said that Palace Malice, Overanalyze and the filly Unlimited Budget will be pointed to the race.
Trainer Bob Baffert said either Code West or Power Broker would be sent to New York for the race.
Code West beat allowance foes in the Pimlico on Preakness Day. His best performance this year in stakes company was a runner up finish in the Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds on Feb. 23.
Power Broker would be making his third start of the year if he runs. The colt was fifth in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 6 which was off a five-month layoff. In his most recent start he beat allowance company on May 10 at Churchill Downs.
Freedom Child will come into the race off a win in the Peter Pan (G2), taking the field gate to wire and winning by 13 ¼ lengths over a sloppy track. The racing strip was strongly favoring inside speed that day.
Others that are possible for the race include Itsmyluckyday and Will Take Charge.
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Here is today’s opening from Belmont Park to get the day off to a good start:
BEL Race 1 OClm $75,000N1X (1:05 ET)
3 Alydorable 5-2
7 Corporate Culture 4-1
2 Similu 3-1
1 Maximova 5-1
Analysis: Alydorable tracked the early pace, took over the lead in the stretch and could not match strides in the last few jumps with the winner in a runner up finish at Keeneland on poly, beaten head for the top spot while nearly five lengths clear of the rest of the field. The filly broke her maiden on the grass two back at Fair Grounds off a 3 1/2 month break. She is in good hands with the Maker barn and this gal has seven sibs that are also grass winners including stakes winner Gastronomical ($468,088). The Maker barn is 25% winners moving runners from synth to turf.
Corporate Culture was not a threat in her last two starts in stakes company and drops into a better spot here while returning to turf. Last out on poly at Turfway she checked in a well beaten 11th in the Bourbonette Oaks (G3). She broke her maiden over the grass here last fall in her second career outing. She figures to bounce back with a better effort here with the class relief.
WIN: #3 to win at 2-1 or better.
EX: 3,7 / 1,2,3,7
TRI: 3,7 / 1,2,3,7 / 1,2,3,4,7
Today's Featured Race of the Day from Belmont Park:
BEL Race 8 OClm $35,000SAL (4:45 ET)
5 Pontus 5-1
7 Saved the Best 3-1
3 Sky Lover 6-1
2 Exporter 4-1
Analysis: Pontus was beaten just a nose last out at Philly in a game effort on the main track against $25,000 starter allowance foes off a two month break. She has been on turf twice, coming in her first two career starts, her best effort a fifth in her second career outing. The gelding owns the top last out speed fig and I am willing to give this guy one more look on grass. He is in good hands with the Nevin barn, a former assistant to Rick Dutrow. The gelding is out of the turf stakes winner Surya ($400,971) who has dropped four turf winners including turf stakes winner Aruna ($994,879).
Saved the Best is one of two in the field that has beaten winners, taking a $35,000 non-winners of two or three year olds going a mile on field turf here. He broke his maiden three back on the grass at Gulfstream Park for a $35,000 tag. The gelding looks like a good fit here. He is out of the turf stakes winner La Dolce Vita ($331,668).
WIN: #5 to win at 7-2 or better.
EX: 5,7 / 2,3,5,7
TRI: 5,7 / 2,3,5,7 / 2,3,5,7,9
These are price plays for exotic players looking to find a couple of extra contenders to use in their trifecta and superfecta wagers. Or for those with smaller bankrolls, you might want to get in a small win-place wager.
R3: #3 Rufus Ruth 8-1
R3: #8 Carole Lee 15-1
R6: #6 Budge Man 12-1
R9: #2 Pumpkin Lane 10-1
Good luck today!
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