Race of the Day
Belmont Park, Elmont, NY, Race 3, 2:05 PM ET
First-Level Allowance, 1 1/16 miles, 3 year olds, Purse: $77K
An impressive purse is on the line for five three year olds in the third race from Belmont Park. Roman Approval (#1, 6-1) has scratched.
It’s quite possible that we’ll see some stakes runners emerge from this race, with the a slew of competitive graded events still on tap for the second half of the summer. The race starts with the even-morning morning-line favorite Charge Now (#2, 1/1) for William Mott. Charge Now is a son of Tiznow. A Winstar farm homebred, he’s out of the same mare as Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, Supercharger. He’s bred for greatness and has shown speed on the track in his short career.
Getting past Charge Now is difficult, but Lieutenant Seany O (#4, 5-1) has been racing well since in the David Jacobson barn. He returns to a route — his preferred distance. He certainly could be a factor today and rates an outside threat to Charge Now. Long Water (#6, 3-1) is a Kiaran McLaughlin trained, Darley home-bred that has finally begun to touch his potential. Nevertheless, he’s a bit slower than either Charge Now or Lieutenant Seany O. Howl (#5, 12-1) comes out of a maiden claiming win and is a bit too slow. However, he excelled in his first try on the Belmont dirt track, and could put in another solid effort today. Steve Came Through (#3, 30-1) is outclassed.
- Will Charge Now emerge as a contender in the three-year old division? He’s well-bred and has shown good speed on the track. A superb performance will vault him up the charts.
- How will Lieutenant Seany O appreciate the added distance? He’s been a new horse for Jacobsen, and could very well win if Charge Now does not improve.
- Is Howl a potential Belmont Park “Horse for Course”? It’s one explanation of his improvement last time, although he’s still likely too slow here.
Charge Now should be the best in the race. But Lieutenant Seany O offers some serious upside at a price, and certainly is a strong contender for second. We’ll check the exacta prices during our livehost @alldayracing on twitter.