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RACE 1 BELMONT PARK
SHARP STARR wasn’t at her best when down the field on her most recent course appearance but she can make amends with the step up in trip likely to bring about improvement. CALIDAD and La Kara Mia complete the shortlist.
WIN: SHARP STARR
CONTROL GROUP was in decent form at the beginning of the year and the six-year-old is taken to score on his first outing since February. BLUE PIGEON can enter the reckoning along with Honorable Hero.
WIN: CONTROL GROUP
VALUE: BLUE PIGEON
MICROSECOND sets the standard based on his two efforts to date and Todd Pletcher’s gelding gets the vote to make it third-time lucky. JADE’S DREAM and Blackjack Davey appeal most of the remainder.
VALUE: JADE’S DREAM
CAIRO QUEEN has finished second on her last two starts, both of which came in this grade, and there is every chance that she will go one better this evening. The main threats are likely to be FLASHPACKINBARBIE and Dublinornothin.
WIN: CAIRO QUEEN
ZECHA and Tequila Sunday are both capable of going very well but the vote goes to STAY FOND, who is a previous course winner and she has a good record in this grade.
WIN: STAY FOND
LIFE CHANGER won a competitive maiden on his debut here last month and he can take this race on his way to bigger targets. The shortlist is completed by MISTER WINSTONand Edge Of Fire.
WIN: LIFE CHANGER
VALUE: MISTER WINSTON
Todd Pletcher holds a strong hand here with SNIPER SHOT, who was an impressive winner at Gulfstream last time, and Spinoff, who rattled the crossbar in a valuable contest on the same card. The consistent duo of No Dozing and Backsideofthemoon are respected, but preference is for COMPLEXITY, who was far from disgraced in a Grade 1 when last seen and could thrive in this easier contest for Chad Brown.
VALUE: SNIPER SHOT
Chad Brown holds all the aces here and his course specialist FIFTY FIVE makes plenty of appeal in search of a hat-trick. Stablemate WAR CANOE saw off Kreesie at Aqueduct in November and can confirm superiority here, while Fetching may give the Brown pair most to think about.
WIN: FIFTY FIVE
VALUE: WAR CANOE
PAINITE was an encouraging fourth here last month and won’t need to find much improvement to open her account this time around. CENTRAL CAPITAL is respected in first-time blinkers, with Mizzen The Mark capable if leaving her latest disappointment in the past.
VALUE: CENTRAL CAPITAL
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