Belle’s race is Sunday. Sorry for any confusion. The previous post has been amended. Details are correct.
Brilliant Belle will be running this Sunday afternoon in race 7. She will be breaking from her favorite post, one, in a 7 1/2 furlong grass race. The conditions are $7500 claiming, a bit of a bump from her last race (a conditioned $6250 claimer) and she’ll have Jareth Loveberry aboard.
It will be Group 2 (Nierman – Zessman) in the paddock.
We really wanted to get a $6250 starter allowance but it didn’t fill so we had a pair of options: the $4000 starter where we would have to run for the $6250 tag or the $7500 race that we ultimately entered.
It will be interesting to see how she handles the extra distance, though she should be able to go a bit longer on the turf than she does on dirt. We know she can handle the turf as she ran a nice 3rd in a turf race back in Kentucky.
We decided on this race to challenge her a bit, see if we have real turf ability which would option up options down the road and go with a higher claiming price to force anyone that wants to buy her to pay us what we bought her if they’re willing to take a risk on her. She was tough against cheap but not sure if she can beat much higher than what’s in here…IF she can beat what is in here!
It’s a full field and we’ll break it down for you in the next couple of days.
Nevada explains how races are selected by the racing secretary and plans for Brilliant Belle to be entered today even though the race will not be used until Sunday.
We’ll be looking for another race for Belle as soon as next weekend. Right now it looks like we’d have to run her back for $6250 and that’s not something we’re willing to do right now given her last performance. We’d prefer to get her in a Starter Allowance or a higher claiming race ($10,000 or so) but we’ll have to see. Maybe we’ll take a shot in an allowance?!
She’s been training really well and Nevada has been happy the way she’s bounced back out of this last race. It sure would be fun to pick up another win in front of the home town fans – and prove that it doesn’t have to be Group 1’s turn in the Paddock for her to win!
Nevada Litfin talks about Sunday’s win and what might be to come.
Hard to imagine things going better than they did yesterday. Belle broke well, stalked the early pace and, under a patient ride from Orlando Mojica, found room in the lane and just blasted off to win by 4 3/4 lengths.
Kudos go out to Nevada and Veronica Litfin and team for getting her back on track – so to speak. She was ready to roll and roll she did. Also a very nice job by Orlando biding his time, keeping her relaxed, then finding a way through when the rail didn’t open up and letting her loose.
We’ll see how she came out of the race, let her get back to work and see what races remain in the meet. Providing all is well and we get a race that fits, we may be able to get one more start in before the meet ends.
Here is the chart of the race: CBY081317USA9
Congratulations everybody! Photos will be available downstairs in the track photographer’s office starting Thursday evening after 6:00 PM.