At the Gate - Wednesday
June 12, 2013
By Mike Dempsey
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The Triple Crown is now in the books, with Palace Malice winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, meaning we have a different winner of each jewel this year following wins by Orb in the Kentucky Derby and Oxbow in the Preakness.
I was encouraged by a few emails I receive on Sunday with a few saying thanks for having Palace Malice rated so highly. The colt was my second choice in the race. Some of you bypassed on the 2-1 odds of my top choice Orb and were rewarded with a $29.60 win payoff.
I thought things were looking really good in the stretch with Orb coming and Oxbow seemingly likely to wilt after being up on a sharp early pace.
However, the Preakness winner held on gamely for the runner up spot, Orb settling for third, and my third choice Incognito rounding out the superfecta at 18-1.
The $2 superfecta returned $20,602.00, but Oxbow made the vast majority of my tickets worthless.
There is still plenty of good racing to keep us busy until Saratoga gets here in July, starting with Saturday night’s Downs After Dark program at Churchill Downs.
There are four stakes on the card and defending champion Ron the Greek will be back in the $500,000 Stephen Foster (G1). Others pointing toward the race include Successful Dan, Fort Larned, Take Charge Indy, Golden Ticket and Pool Play.
Royal Delta is back to defend her title in the $175,000 Fleur De Lis Handicap. It looks like it may end up a small field as On Fire Baby will not run as planned after spiking a fever according to her trainer Gary Hartlage.
The only other runners that are confirmed as of Monday to take on Royal Delta are Wine Princess and Funny Proposition.
Saturday night’s card also includes the $100,000 Matt Winn (G3) and the $100,000 Regret (G3). I will have my full card report available on Friday afternoon.
Click here to purchase my full card report for Belmont Park for Wednesday.
Here is today’s opening from Belmont Park to get the day off to a good start:
BEL Race 1 OClm $25,000SAL (1:05 ET)
3 Longhunter 4-1
2 Quick Money 2-1
6 Magical Season 5-2
4 Avenging Spirit 8-1
Analysis: Longhunter stalked the early pace, made a good middle move and drew off late to a sharp win against $20,000 non-winners of three or a race on turf since Oct. 27. The gelding was making his first start off the claim by the Maker barn and this guy has some back class, a stakes winner who looks like a good fit here facing starter optional claimers. The turf course was labeled as yielding on Sunday and we got more rain on Tuesday, but I am hoping we are going to be on turf here.
Quick Money chased the early pacesetter and could not get by him in the stretch, settling for the runner up spot against $20,000 starter optional claimers. The winner of the race was Tightend Touchdown, who came back to win the PA Governors Cup at Penn National in his next outing on June 1. The gelding beat $15,000 starter handicap foes two back on the main track at the Big A and has done some of his best running on the turf here where he has landed in the exacta in 5 of 10 trips.
WIN: #3 to win at 5-2 or better.
EX: 2,3 / 2,3,4,6
TRI: 2,3 / 2,3,4,6 / 2,3,4,6,8
Today's Featured Race of the Day from Belmont Park:
BEL Race 7 Md Sp Wt (4:13 ET)
8 Mail 4-1
3 Force Multiplier 7-2
7 Bernie's Best 3-1
1 Three Streets 6-1
Analysis: Mail makes his first start since last November where the colt was not much of a threat in a seventh place finish in a field of 12 on the main track at Churchill Downs going long. The colt lands with the Chad Brown barn that has solid numbers with newcomers to the barn and with layoff types. He is by Medaglia d'Oro out of the stakes winner Tap Dance ($378,176) who was best on dirt and has dropped three winners including one turf winner. The $475,000 purchase picks up Rosario.
Force Multiplier stalked the early pace, came with a four wide bid and made a good late rally to finish a close up third last out, beaten just a half-length for the top spot. The runner up Rugged came back to break her maiden here for a $60,000 tag on June 5. The colt adds blinkers here for his second start off nearly a three month break. The extra furlong here should suit.
WIN: #8 to win at 3-1 or better.
EX: 3,8 / 1,3,7,8
TRI: 3,8 / 1,3,7,8 / 1,3,4,7,8
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.
R1: #4 Avenging Spirit 8-1
R2: #5 Kimmies Lucky Star 8-1
R4: #2 Cash Bear 10-1
R5: #6 Two Susans 12-1
R6: #4 Luxury Appeal 12-1
R8: #6 Make the Moment 8-1
Good luck today!
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