Saturday presents us with one of those ever-interesting very long turf races over the Belmont Inner Turf Course. The Grade 2 $150,000 Sheepshead Bay will be run for the 52nd time and there is a very competitive field of eight taking part. Here are the selections:
I will put #6 Bubbly Jane in the first spot. She has some very strong speed figures compared to the rest of this field. While this will be her 2010 debut effort, she is removing blinkers here and is also 2 for 2 over this Belmont turf course. She also has plenty of experience running these longer distance turf races in her career, which includes six wins from ten starts. For second, I will use a price horse with #1 Pari, who is 10-1 on the morning line. I really think Jon Court might be able to steal this race on the front end, if he is smart with this Sky Classic filly. In her last start at Keeneland, she led all the way at 1 1/2 miles and this race is a furlong shorter. It is entirely possible that no one will go with her and she could make an easy lead. I will put the Barclay Tagg-trained #5 Nehantic Kat in the third spot. Her last time out in the Grade 3 Bewitch at Keeneland was arguably her worst race in the last two years. She has not picked up a win since the 2009 Saratoga meet, but is 6 for 8 in-the-money over this Belmont greenery. I will wrap up the top four with #3 Tarrip, trained by Christophe Clement. There are two Clement trainees in this field and this one offers a better price at 12-1 on the morning line, so she gets included. Here is the play for the Grade 2 $150,000 Sheepshead Bay:
$5 WP #6
$5 EX BOX #1+ #6
Remember, They Are Off accepts no responsibility for any wagers placed in conjunction with these selections. They are merely suggestions. Tune in again on Monday for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!