Belle Closing Out the Meet

Belle will break out of the 8 post in the season finale on Saturday with Orlando Mojica on board.  The race is on the turf going a mile and 16th and a $7500 claiming tag.

She handled the turf fine and she rated well so trainer and jockey both think she can handle the added distance.  She’s in very good shape so with some speed to run at and a solid early position, we could have a shot at closing the season with a win.

If we still have her after the race we will pack her up and ship her off to Keeneland with the Litfin gang.

It is Paddock Group 3’s turn but given that it’s her last race of the summer, on the last day of the meet in the last race of the season, feel free to join us in the paddock if you are there.  However it will be a full field so please limit the paddock to members only for this race.  We are in the middle of the field so we don’t have room on either side of us to spill over like when we are out of the one hole.

Belle is 8-1 on the morning line in a full and competitive field.  Good luck!

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Belle Fourth

Brilliant Belle tried the turf for the first time in two years and she handled it like a champ.

Jareth Loveberry rode her superbly, keep her just off the early pace and settled in along the rail. When things opened up on the turn for home she angled to the outside and had a clear shot at the leaders. The 7.5 furlongs proved to be too much, however, and she settled for 4th.

I was very happy with the way she ran. She tried hard the whole way and handled the new surface and distance well.

We’ll see how she comes back and if all is well, we’ll try and get her in one more time for the home crowd before she departs for Kentucky (or gets claimed).

Belle on Deck

Literally.

The Club has the deck at Silks reserved so there will be outside seating on what promises to be an absolutely gorgeous day today.  There are also a few reserved inside so you can all enter from the inside and get out on the deck from there.  It’s going to be relatively crowded today for the last Sunday racing day of the year so we’re fortunate to have such a great space – please feel free to take advantage of it!

And just for fun:

Johnny Love, Star Tribune – TACTICAL GIRL lost the bob two back on the turf, and is the pick in this wide-open affair. Be patient, because the veteran mare will be closing late. BRILLIANT BELLE hasn’t been on the turf in over two years, but she brings a ton of early speed to the race, The rail will be a magnet to her with her quick turn of foot. BEAR FACTS runs a good one every other race, so due for a good effort, after running a dud last out. Confirmed closer needs a snappy pace.

 

Race Preview: Brilliant Belle

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belle in SUNDAY

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.