Wednesday, June 25: Race of the Day, Belmont Park, Race 7, 1 Mile. 1st Level Allowance, plus claiming. 3 year old only. Purse: Purse $77K.
A sizable purse is on the line for a solid group of 3-year olds routing at Belmont Park. The scheduling and distance of this race are an ideal for the start of a Travers Stakes campaign, so we could very well see someone of note emerge from this group.
- Venetian Mask (#2, 5/2) starts off an dominant seven furlong maiden score at Parx. A son of Pulpit, out of a Carson City mare, this horse should fit the distance perfectly. He’s been training well and adds Rosario. Legitimate, but this is a deep field.
- Protonico (#6, 4/1) who joins the Pletcher barn after a brief two-year old campaign that showed promise. Pletcher is taking the blinker offs — always a sharp move. A strong win here off the layoff could have Protonico pointed towards the Travers. Always worth a paddock look of the layoff and trainer change.
- Big Guy Ian (#3, 6-1) has done very little wrong in his career. He ran decently in the famed February 22nd allowance at Gulfstream in which Constitution beat eventual Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist and Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong. Possibly prepping for later today — seems to want longer. Could see him down the road.
- All My Memories (#4, 8-1) came into his own last race for Jason Servis, winning impressively over this track. There’s no reason this one can’t win today and could offer great value for those who bet longshots.
- Magic Cash (#5, 6-1) comes into the Tony Dutrow barn. A son of Tapit out of a Storm Cat mare, this horse could be a star. Training lights-out at Fair Hill, he’d still need an improved performance to win here, but that’s not an unreasonable task.
- Lietenant Seany O (#1, 3-1) has been finishing second for the Jacobson barn as of late. Solid, but Jacobson’s runners typically lose form the more they run. With a tough field here, I’d think he’ll be overbet.
What I’m thinking of betting:
I’ll take a good look at Protoncio and listen to @maggiewolfndale’s analysis, especially with the layoff and trainer change. The potential is sky-high with this one. There are still lots of chances, so I’d need to see a decent price of around 4-1 to win. All My Memories is also probably worth a small bet — especially through multi-race exotics — over 10-1 to win.