Carryover, Stormy, So Elite, Belle spotlight Sunday

1:09 PM – The wreckage left behind by longshot wins from Settle for Medal and Arcodoro includes a carryover of better than 80k for Sunday’s 10 race program.  A rare Sunday card that features three stakes races, two graded and one overnight event, will give punters interested in the Pick 6 a great opportunity to take down a big score.

Some of the highlights along the way include a tough opening leg of the Pick 6 as a full field of maiden claimers will sprint 5.5 panels on the grass.  The favorite will be #5 ATLANTIC BEAUTY, who debuted against much tougher at Belmont and now takes the biggest class drop in racing for trainer Rick Dutrow.  I also like #9 KEITH’S KITTEN, who drops a notch in class for her second off a lengthy layoff.  The turf savvy barn of Mike Maker must always be given extra consideration and his main man Julien Leparoux is riding this daughter of Kitten’s Joy.

Race 6 will now have a field of 11 after the scratch of #10 SILK ROUTE, who was the 2nd choice on the morning line.  Saturday’s races on the inner turf course were dominated by speed and it’s tough to determine who’s going to be on the lead in this affair.  One filly who will be close early is #5 DOE RUN, who returns from a brief layoff for trainer Will Phipps.  She was bested last out by the hard-knocking NY bred Ms Stilleto and this gal showed increased early zip in that race.  Jockey David Cohen is not riding many favorites but he’s shown he can ride the weeds with the best of this colony and you can count on him putting this filly in the right spot.  The favorite #3 IT’S TEA TIME is an obvious “use” in the Pick 6 as well as #8 QUEEN HAZEL.

Race 7 is the Fourstardave and is now a field of 7 with the scratches of both halves of Patrick Biancone’s entry along with #5 CHEROKEE ARTIST, as each of those three will contest the Oceanport Handicap at Monmouth.   The scratch of Cherokee Artist means #2 GET STORMY will be loose on the lead and that will make him extremely tough to catch.  He’s a single in the Pick 6 for me and he’s likely to be an overlay as his poor Canadian effort will drive many players away.

The Curlin will determine how the other half lives as it’ll be the 2nd race for 3YOs of the weekend at the Spa with the big boys having gone yesterday in the Jim Dandy.  I am intrigued by #7 SO ELITE, who will be making his first start on dirt this afternoon for trainer Mark Casse, who conditioned the 2nd place finisher in Wednesday’s Lake George.  This guy’s damside pedigree is full of dirt winners and Casse has a positive ROI with dirt starters over the last two years.  If this guy can get out of the gate and track the pace, he’ll be dangerous from start to finish.

The Ruffian Handicap is between #1 MALIBU PRAYER and #2 UNRIVALED BELLE.  The former enters off a win in the Lighthouse at Monmouth as she dominated a rather soft field from start to finish.  Unrivaled Belle defeated Rachel Alexandra two starts back in the Louisville on Kentucky Oaks day then lost to Life at Ten in the Ogden Phipps as the 3/5 favorite.  She was compromised by a strong speed bias on June 11 and that certainly aided Life at Ten along the way.  I am confident Unrivaled Belle will turn things around this afternoon.

The nightcap is a 2 horse race as #6 MY TWO CENTS and #11 JACKY JUICE look to be significantly better than any rivals they’ll meet today.  The latter hails from the hottest barn around and endured a tough trip in her debut, which has precipitated a drop in class.

Good luck if you’re getting involved in the Pick 6 today or in whatever wager(s) you choose.  Click here for my full-card analysis, which is available each and every NYRA racing day!


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