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Saturday, June 8 - BELMONT DAY
Post Time 12:45PM
RACE 1 (1:10) 1-1/16 miles [Turf] Clm 7500/N1Y

3. ARIDUS showed 'mild late interest' in $35k turf route that produced three winners.

5. REPRISE gets class relief in first start for McMahon, has won on Pimlico lawn.

2. LONESOME CHEROKEE set soft pace and held second off seven-month layoff.


RACE 2 (1:15) 1-1/16 miles Md 10000

4. WARREN'S BUGLER made up 10 lengths in final half mile to finish second in sprint.

3. SEATTLE SALUTE finished off board for first time in four starts at distance, sheds weight.

2. MR. TITAN was forwardly placed, held second at 31-to-1 odds.


RACE 3 (1:45) 1-1/16 miles [Turf] (F) Alw 42000/N1X

8. HOLD OUR DESTINY caught 4-for-5 turf rival but couldn't hold off sharp winner.

4. EXPLAINABLE swung off rail at 1/8th pole, got up for second as the fave at distance.

10. GREEN WAVE GIRL finished a neck behind Explainable, moves inside out.


RACE 4 (2:16) 6F Clm 15000/N2L

3. PHIL THE BISHOP tracked dueling leaders, couldn't gain position in local debut.

2. MISTER MEEHAN just missed off 10-month layoff in 6F dirt sprint two back.

8. TIMBER THUNDER looms forward threat on drop and return to main track.


RACE 5 (2:48) 5F [Turf] (F) Clm 25000/N2L

6. MAMASAN sat good trip in victory and is ideally spotted for repeat.

1. FIXIN THE BOOKS has speed and the rail for second start as a 4-year-old.

4. AVIE floated 4-wide at top of lane, finished second to wire-to-wire victor.


RACE 6 (3:20) 1-1/16 miles Clm 14000

1. PEACEADAACTION seized moment in pace-less race, held on despite lost whip.

2. MY CHARMING CLYDE closed with a flourish to win for 12th time and off re-claim.

3. CONFLICTING REPORT 'gained mildly' behind the faves in fast-paced sprint.


RACE 7 (3:52) 1-1/16 miles [Turf] Md Sp Wt 40000

1. ART CLASS got the jump on 2-to-1 winner, missed by a nose at 1-1/8 miles.

5. LOVE'S NOT FAIR made quick move, the re-bid late in promising turf try last fall.

6. WHATA SOANDSO hit board in five straight turf routes before drawing post 13.


RACE 8 (4:24) 6F OClm 50000/N1X

2. DO IT FOR DON won his last three 6F sprints by a combined 10 lengths.

7. DANCIN N' DEALIN chased top one around the track in 4-horse field, switches barns.

1. FLY BYE POMERY hasn't been seen since first-out win at Saratoga last summer.


RACE 9 (4:56) 1-1/16 miles [Turf] Clm 25000/N2L

7. MUCKRAKER 'advanced to stretch' despite wide journey, finished out of the money.

13. SARBANES seeks duplicate of rally two back at distance, draws post twelve.

11. MESA DRIVE broke maiden on turf, worked forwardly for return, faltered in two-turn mile.


RACE 10 (5:27) 6F (F) OClm 25000/N2X

2. ROMANTIC CUVEE hit board for 14th time in 16 starts off layoff, drops off claim.

7. MORE THAN A CRUISE got unwound too late as even-money fave two months ago.

6. DONATE can maximize her speed at proven distance.


RACE 11 (5:25) 5F [Turf] Md 25000

9. CROSS TOWN RIVAL has speed; dam is half to $167k turf earner Please Sign In.

7. BEE RAPID can be excused for latest, runs first time for a claiming tag.

5. MARRIAGE FEVER rallied for second in well-bet debut on main track.

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TODAY'S BEST CHEF'S CHOICE

GIMMICK GUY

Boogie Biz (9th race)
D C Dancer (8th race)
Exacta (6th race): Box 2-3-4
PICK 4 (early) Pick 4 (late) Jackpot Pick 5
2nd race: 2, 4, 5
3rd race: 2, 4, 8, 9
4th race: 3, 6, 8
5th race: 1, 6
Cost for 50-cent ticket: $36
7th race: 5
8th race: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7
9th race: 6
10th race: 2, 3, 6, 7
Cost for 50-cent ticket: $10
Has ended for this meet.

Pedigree Spotlight

Make Lemonade (7th race) is half to stakes winners Celestial Legend (6-9, $213k) and Amie's Legend ($104) and to stakes-placed turfer Legendary Journey.

Horses to watch

MISS SPEAKER – Hit the repeat button.

HIGH BAR – Will pay for Colonial day trip.

COCO DELITE – In peak form on turf.

 

Jockey of the Week
Forest Boyce rode MSW winners Magic Eight Ball ($89.20) and Grateful Nation ($3.80) Sunday at Pimlico to cap a 17/3-4-3 week and move into the top 5 in the jockey standings.
 
Trainer of the Week
Kieron Magee sent out Haitian Nation ($7.60) to win off the claim and Marataya's Tune ($5.80) to win for the fourth time in five starts on turf during a 7/2-2-0 week at Pimlico.