Belle will try for 2 in a row Sunday afternoon in race 7. The race is a $7500 claiming race going 7 1/2 furlongs over the turf. She’ll break from post one with hot rider Jareth Loveberry aboard.
It is Group 2 in the paddock and I’d like you all to prove to the Group Oners out there that they aren’t the only paddock group that can win!
We have a spot in Silks so look for the signs. It’s supposed to be a pretty good day with little chance of rain.
Let’s take a look at the field and then we’ll look at how Belle could win. I did not cover the Main Track Only entry, Strength N Beauty, or the Also-Eligible, Ten Percent Down.
BRILLINAT BELLE (LITFIN/LOVEBERRY)
Dakota Peach Pie (Rickert/Bedford) – She has not been in great form recently and returns to the turf for only the second time.
She Starts Theball (Donlin/Lindsay) – Is really stepping up in here coming in from some of the smaller tracks. Will really need to improve over the turf to be a contender.
Chub’s Charmer (Westerman/Mawing) – Closer ran a game 3rd last out at this level and will need some pace to run at in here.
Waytogo Trish (Anderson/Thompson) – Another closer who had a really nice go two back at this level in June. Came from well off the pace and drew off to win easily. Was absent for nearly 2 months and then threw in a clunker.
Natalies Storm (Pearson/Lopez) – One who should prompt the pace, the 8-year old has won twice over the Canterbury lawn.
Emmy Got Even (Anderson/Sanchez) – Another pace prompter but this one is trying grass for the first time.
Tactical Girl (McShane/Hernandez) – A pair of nice grass tries at this level this meet coming from off the pace.
Passing the Grade (House/Hamilton) – Six of eight in the money over the turf here. It’s fair to assume she should be better than her speed and fade last out after a six month break but has been off another 6 weeks after that effort. Should be pushing the pace.
Sweet Tango (Bethke/Velazquez) – Minnesotan has had a tough go versus open company this season.
Bear Facts (Lund/Ramgeet) – Had a turf score to kick off the meet at $10,000 though the last out, at $7500, was clearly inferior to that effort. May be able to draw a line through that one, though, given the near miss the start before.
Lady Babako (Bravo/Mojica) – Speedster drew the outside which is always tough coming out of the chute. Cleared his last condition at $20,000 and is settling in here at $7500 after a poor last out.
There is some speed in this race which I think bodes well for Belle. We’re not really concerned about the turf – she’s handled it before with a 3rd in her second career start in a maiden race in Indiana. She cruised along in 2nd most of that race so I don’t anticipate any issues handling the surface.
She rated well last time out so breaking from the one the speed should get out past her but she should be able to settle in behind the early pace.
They key is the distance. Can she get 7 1/2 furlongs? That will be the question that will need to get answered. If she can she’s going to be very tough. Jareth Loveberry has been simply on fire as of this writing, winning 7 races over the weekend so far.
We’ll have that question answered tomorrow afternoon.