RACE 6 (The Victory Ride): 1. Lost Raven, 2. Coppa, 3. Appealing Maggie, 4. Malibu Stacy.
COPPA is 2-for-2 at Santa Anita and trainer Phil D’Amato gives him a shot in a graded stakes. California speed is different so he willbe out winging but LOST RAVEN is a true closer.
Race 7 (The Dwyer): 1. #7 Swipe (6-1), 2. Economic Model, 3. Fish Trappe Road, 4. Voluntario.
This colt SWIPE chased Nyquist all last year and got a slow start in 2016. Now trainer Keith Desormeaux reunited the son of Birdstone with his brother jockey Kent Desormeaux. This 3-year-old hasn’t received the best of rides in his two races this year and I think he’s ready to give his best effort.
Race 8 (The Belmont Derby): 1. #2 Ralis (20-1), 2. Long Island Sound, 3. Humphrey Bogart, 4. Deauville.
This colt RALIS may have found a home on the grass with two runner-up finishes on the grass at Santa Anita. Yes, this is a huge step up for him, but the son of Square Eddie seems to want to go this far. Jockey Mario Gutierrez just needs to stay out of trouble in this talented field.
Race 9 (The Suburban): 1. Mubtaahij, 2. Noble Bird, 3. Effines, 4. Eagle.
Race 10 (Belmont Oaks Invitational): 1. #10 Land Over Sea (20-1), 2. Catch a Glimpse, 3. Magnanime, 4. Coolnmore.
We loved LAND OVER SEA in the Kentucky Oaks and Black Eyed Susan but she may have run out of steam after a tough spring. She also didn’t receive the best of rides from Gutierrez in either race. This is her toughest spot yet, but notice one thing on her PPs: She broke her maiden over the Del Mar grass last year in her only turf appearance so if Gutierrez can keep her out of trouble maybe we’ll have a huge upset..
Race 11 (Belmont Sprint Championship): 1. Green Gratto, 2. Private Zone, 3. Roxbury N Overton, 4. A.P. Indian.