Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing

Some Belmont, Gulfstream opinions Wednesday, June 24

BELMONT PARK

Race 2: #3 Midnightatmarions (MTO) (15-1)

I would be just fine if this filly was in on the grass but she’s not so MTO. She was in the thick of things a year ago before bolting in the stretch and jumping the rail. She comes out of a maiden race that produced 5 next out winners. Jockey Kendrick Carmouche has been hot lately so taking a shot if it comes off the turf.

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Race 6  – Bel

#6 Prize Taker (8-1) ***

Our Eyes:  Trainer Charlton Baker (has won 3 of last 8 entries) does well in NY-bred races and this mare has been running OK against some open company. The big change here is a switch to jockey Jose Ortiz after a bunch of no name pilots.

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GULFSTREAM PARK

Race 3 – GP

#7 Summer at Susan’s (15-1) ***

Our Eyes:  Still trying to find her level on this circuit after wintering at Tampa. She won her last race on the dirt and returns to it here. She drew a dreadful 13 post last race and has no shot. That race has produced three winners so far.

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Race 8 – GP

#9 Dreamin of Clarise (6-1) ***

Our Eyes:  Trainer Marcial Navarro has been spotting his horses just right at this meet (6-for-11) and he is 44% in a horse’s second race off the claim. This 3-year-old is taking a drop in class and jockey Luis Figueroa, who is 2-for-2 with Navarro, takes the mount.

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Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Horse racing

Belmont, Churchill opinions for Friday, June 5

BELMONT PARK  

Race 2: #7 Joking (12-1)

Trainer Charlton Baker is 30% with beaten favorites. The gelding should enjoy the extra furlong and his runner-up effort last time.

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Race 4: #3 Swipe (12-1)

This colt is still a maiden, but had a nice runner-up effort at Santa Anita and trainer Keith Desormeaux puts him on a plane for New York. By Birdstone, this horse should enjoy the extra furlong and brother, Kent Desormeaux rides back.

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Race 7: #5 Boone Station (15-1)

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is 29% the second time he puts a horse on the turf and this son of Street Cry should going further.

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Race 10: #9 Manchurian High (8-1)

We liked this 7-year-old on the Preakness undercard, but we didn’t get the kick in the stretch we expected off slow front end fractions. Maybe that was a better than looked and he’ll like going the 2-mile distance here.

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CHURCHILL DOWNS                  

Race 8: #4 My Shout (NL)

Trainer Bret Calhoun may be trying to pull a fast one here as he drops this Louisiana-bred into a claimer for the first time, a move he is successful 26% of the time. Look back at this gelding’s best race ever because it came at this exact distance.

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