Belmont Park – 5th race – 1-Royal Ekati (4-1)
$180,000 Saratoga yearly purchase finally makes it to the post in this maiden special weight sprint for New York breds and has done everything right in the morning for trainer Barclay Tagg, whose first-timers often run better than they work. The rail is of some concern and the main track could be wet or drying out, but we suspect this colt is the goods, so if he can leave cleanly with his field he should be able to graduate at first asking. At 4-1 on the morning line he’s a straight play and rolling exotic single.
Belmont Park – 10th race – 1-Morandi (8-1)
Was making his first start since last July and appeared well-meant and ready to win in strong Keeneland allowance nine furlong affair, but lacked room the length of the lane and never really had a chance to mount a rally when fifth, beaten just over two lengths. Past classer (he was second in the French Derby) should benefit greatly from the outing and this step up to Grade 1 company appears well within his range. Retains Castellano and offers plenty of wagering value at 8-1 on the morning line if you can get it.