Belmont Racing Notebook and Horses of Interest
Each week we follow the races and provide insight into selected races and notes on horses of interest. The weekly notebook is another addition to our reports to assist horsemen and those who wager on the races with additional insight and analysis. This week we analyze horses and races from the past week at Belmont Park.
The Belmont Spring/Summer Meet opened April 28, and we cover all the races Wednesday through Sunday. We’ll be analyzing the races throughout the 54-day meet in the East Coast Handicapping Report (ECHR) looking to uncover key information with helpful hints on the horses to help you win more at the races.
Race 2 CREA’S BKLYN LAW (POSITIVE) – Back in his debut, he ran nicely over a sloppy track for third, and last time out he had the misfortune of running into a fierce duel between Tempestad and Pete Harwick, also finishing third. Today, he again ran third, behind two talented horses dueling the entire lane, Psychoanalyze and Smash Williams, but the effort was solid, and though a bit slow to switch leads, he really came home well once again, before galloping out in front passing the ⅞ pole. Will improve with a touch more ground.
Race 9 STYLISH QUALITY (NEGATIVE) – The 5-2 second choice, he received a perfect trip throughout, in behind the two front runners, nice and relaxed, saving ground into the far, but when the real running began, he offered little, a terrible trip under ideal circumstances as the two runners in front of him, finished 1-2 (as our top pick and second choice at 9-5 and 18-1) despite dueling throughout.
Race 2 UNDERCOVER AGENT (POSITIVE) - Our top pick won nicely at 7-2 running on late, showing a new strategy from off the pace, and as a general rule, when a horse all of sudden shows a nice versatility outside of their usual running style, it’s indicative of a horse doing very well at the moment, a point furthered watching this one stride out down the lane and on the gallop out, very nice.
Race 5 HOPONTHEBUSGUS (POSITIVE) - Finished 6th, but we cannot stress enough what a poor ride he was given by Castellano. Here’s a horse getting healthy, super effective when relaxing midpack before being called upon for more run down the lane, yet, Javier allows him to run early, just 2 ½ lengths behind the leaders while forced to tap on the brakes more than once, just a silly ride, had he taken back and come with one run, he likely wins. He galloped out well, and we’d like to see a reversion to off the pace tactics next time out, preferably with Franco or Cancel taking over.
Race 5 SPIRIT LETS HEARIT (NEGATIVE) - Received a perfect trip throughout, just off the flank of the leader, but turning for home, found little. Running line will show he ran third only because nobody was running on behind him. Looked terrible down the lane, and we’ll look to beat next time out.
June 17th -Racing Cancelled
June 18th -Sloppy Track / Off Turf-
The Belmont Racing Notebook is compliments of the ECHR – eastcoasthorseracing.com