Monmouth Park – 5th race – 7-My Country (5/2)
Finally makes it to the races at age four, more than two years after she brought $120,000 at the OBS March Sales, where she breezed a furlong in a very impressive 10 seconds flat, displaying superior speed. Has a series of sharp drills to her credit leading up to this race both at Belmont Park and over this main track, draws a comfortable outside post, and seems capable of dominating this moderate field from gate to wire. At 5/2 on the morning line she’s a straight play and rolling exotic single.
Belmont Park – 6th race – Sport (8-1)
Had a rough go in his debut at Gulfstream Park in February and seems sure to perform much better today. Broke slowly and was very rank early, finally settled midway while racing widest of all, continued to lose ground into the lane but kept on nicely and finished with interest although never a factor in what has turned out to be a strong, productive race. Shows a steady, healthy work pattern in recent weeks for a barn that has excellent stats with second time starters, so we’re expecting a significant forward move from this son of Hard Spun. Saez got to know this colt in his debut and if he can secure some cover along the way he should have plenty of horse underneath him when it matters in the final furlong. There’s good value here at 8-1 on the morning line both in the straight pool and in rolling exotic play.