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TimeformUS Wednesday Analysis

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

Analysis for Wednesday June 17th at Belmont
 
Race 1:  We've said this more than once before, but #6 Cost Affective is the horse to beat here, and, based on his career to this point, we have to be against him.  Yes, he exits the strongest effort of his career, posting a new top speed figure of 99 in a narrow loss at this level, but that was yet another no-excuse loss in what is becoming a long line of them for this horse.  Our alternative to him in here is #1 Yankee Dime.  He starts for the hot Nick Zito barn, and he showed enough in a pair of tough NY maiden races last year to give him a look in here.  #3 My Son Ernie ran talented stablemate Profluent to a photo first time out, and exits a live race at Pimlico last out; speed-type may be compromised with #4 Perfect Danger drawn right outside him.
 
Selections:  1-6-3-4
 
 
Race 2:  #6 Barbara's Smile impressed with wide run in debut win, and comes back to a spot in which she fits well.  
 
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The others have had their chances, and while #4 Sundae School ran well last time, we prefer #1 Devilish Love (who has a long layoff to overcome) and #2 Medaglia d'Argento (who took advantage of a fast pace last time) to her.
 
Selections:  6-1-2-4
 
 
Race 3:  This seems a good spot for ML favorite #6 Penthouse Party, who earned speed figures for her last two dirt races that are faster than anything any of her rivals has run recently, and she has proven in the past that she can bring her race to NY; projects for nice trip out in clear tracking her main rival, #2 Platinum Bombshell, who has the speed and has posted 2 of her 3 career wins over this distance.  
 
Selections:  6-2-1-3
 
 
Race 4:  #11 Stormkeeper could only be second best as a heavy favorite in her debut, but she ran well that day in putting in a game stretch run once altering off the inside, and she figures to benefit from both that experience and the drop in class.  #1 Tordita also ran well while settling for second best last time, and she is an interesting case for our new pedigree ratings as, while she doesn't get much turf influence from her sire, she gets plenty from her dam, who was a three-time turf winner herself and is a half-sister to the graded stakes performer Somali Lemonade.
 
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#2 Prove It All Night flashed plenty of speed and little stamina as a 2yo, so returning at this shorter trip makes sense; drop in for the price won't hurt, but there is other speed signed on here. 
 
Selections:  11-1-2-3
 
 
Race 5:  We expected more from #1A Kate Greenaway last time, and were frankly disappointed with her chase-and-fade effort that day.  In her defense, she caught a muddy track, which she didn't have to like, and she also ran into a very impressive winner.  With a perfect post on the outside from which to track the pace, she can be given one more chance, and perhaps at a slightly better price this time.  #2 Shayjolie made a highly promising debut of her own last time, taking money and closing gamely despite being forced to go around horses to the outside as the winner got a neat split to make the lead; normal caveats apply for the muddy, sealed track she competed over, and that was a race in which the heavy favorite, Brilliant Jewel, was a no-show.  #7 Rapid Repair is a short price on the ML, and her last race was an improvement, but we'd like to see it again, as she was run down by a longshot winner that day without any apparent excuse. 
 
Selections:  1A-2-7-4
 
 
Race 6:  #6 Hillhouse High was the bigger price of a pair saddled by Chad Brown on May 18, but ran the better race by far that day after being forced into an early move after the lead; she has disappointed before, but that was a strong effort within the context of the race last time, and a similar effort will make her tough.  #4 Inspired by Grace faces a tough stretch-out in distance from 5-to-7 furlongs, but she was impressive rolling over maidens last time despite taking a shuffle on the turn.  #7 Knacque posted an easy maiden win over just three others in an off-the-turf event last time, but has turf form that makes her competitive here, and #2 Charm City Girl did a lot of racing with pressure from several challengers to break her maiden in her turf debut last month; her unraced dam is out of the multiple Grade 1-winning turfer Tout Charmant, so it's no surprise that she improved with the switch.
 
Selections:  6-4-7-2
 
 
Race 7:  #2 Mister Popsicle had little chance in a stakes race last time, and got a bad ride being wrangled back off of a walking pace in turf debut at Aqueduct; in position to take advantage of a similar scenario this time, according to Pace Projector.  
 
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#8 Asset Inflation was a clear-cut winner of turf debut last summer at Saratoga, but hasn't been seen since, and returns for a tag with all of his conditions left; trainer aces with runners returning from layoffs.  #3 Archer Hill is capable, but has proven difficult to handle on the track; drops in for the price in third start back this year. 
 
Selections:  2-8-3-6
 
 
Race 8:  Not sure what happened with #7 Papy last time, as he didn't fire as the strong favorite, but he has already run a strong race over this longer trip, and that is no small thing.  Difficult to land anywhere else with confidence.  #3 Special Agent has a big pedigree for dirt, but disappointed there and needed every inch of a perfect trip provided by Castellano to win his turf debut last time.  #4 Upper East Side could be a dangerous player with his speed, but faces a tough hike up in distance. 
 
Selections:  7-4-8-12
 
 
Race 9:  Finale projects to be run at a fast pace, and that plays best for #10 You You, who switches back to dirt at a likely level; posted much-the-best win from off the pace when last on the main track here.   #2 Three for Me was part of a contested pace in a race that fell to closers last week, but he's run well from off the pace before, and he hasn't had many fair chances since debut win.  #3 Donttellyourmother drops down while switching from turf to dirt, and has earned some of the best figures in the field, but he's a speed horse and faces a tough scenario here.  
 
Selections:  10-2-3-8
 
 
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Analysis for Sunday at Belmont

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

 
TimeformUS Sunday June 15th Analysis
 
Race 1:  #2 Bella Castani is a handful to ride, but has some ability; perhaps cutting back to this shorter distance will allow her to settle better.  #3 Quay is second back from a short rest and has done little wrong to this point.  #9 Good So Far is third off the layoff for Clement, and has turf-sprint form from France that makes her competitive.
Selections:  2-3-9-8
 
Race 2:  #2 Bambisfrostyracer dropped down for last start and was shuffled out to last through the turn, losing his best chance; this is an easier spot.  
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#4 Pepi's Find improved with the switch to dirt last time, and will be competitive in this spot with a similar effort.  #1 No Nukes has had too many chances, but he was shut off while trying to challenge the leaders two back, and was stuck chasing lone speed Scare City last time. 
Selections:  2-4-1-8
 
Race 3:  #2 Cherubim and #3 River Rocks are talented new faces to NY, each with efforts out of town that will make him tough in this spot.  Cherubim has the edge on early pace ratings, which may put him on a clear early lead, but River Rocks starts for a trainer sporting a near perfect rating with horses running out of his barn for the first time (99, with limited sample size). 
Selections: 2-3-1A-4
 
Race 4:  #9 Saucon Valley survived after speeding clear early in off-the-turf debut, and is entered back on the surface she figures more comfortable with; trainer wins frequently with last-out maiden winners.  #2 Image of Noon closed hard and came up just short off the layoff; moves inside, needs a little pace.  #4 Fantastic Eyes is off the layoff and perhaps a little cheap, but she's a solid turf sprinter and will be running at the end.
Selections:  9-2-4-1A
 
Race 5:  Good spot for #1 Arc Above, who handles distance and is racing at the proper level for streaking trainer.  #4 Manchurian High enters here off a solid win out of town, and he's run well over this trip in the past.  #5 Syros arrives for dangerous ship-in trainer and figures to have plenty of bottom coming off the jumps; picks up Lezcano.
Selections:  1-4-5-3
 
Race 6:  #7 Matching Skies doesn't care for a wet track, so we'll forgive her two most recent efforts; perfectly drawn outside in race that has plenty of speed signed on.  #1 Your Move sped away on a too-fast pace and wilted late in the slop last time; may prove tougher to catch over fast track.  New face #3 Justalittleloopy is dropping off the layoff after compiling solid record in California; unknown on dirt, though we worry more about the surface switch the other way. 
Selections: 7-1-3-5
 
Race 7:  #7 Vicki's Dancer finished very well to be second to stakes repeater Free as a Bird last time; scratched from tougher spot last week to await this.  
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#10 Double the Energy is a dangerous speed in a race lacking much of same, and #2 Unbelievable Dream is back in with fellow NY-breds for the first time since impressive debut win as a 2yo.
Selections:  7-10-2-4
 
Race 8:  #2 Antonia Autumn was beginning to deliver on her ample potential in Florida over the winter before a setback forced her to miss some time; tough spot for her return, but she fits with these on her best.  #6 Gathering endured tough trip two back at Keeneland and then ran into stakes-bound Filimbi here last time; has looked very good at times.  #1 Caroline Thomas has acquitted herself well in graded stakes company over the past several starts; doesn't get as much class relief as she might have expected entering this spot. 
Selections:  2-6-1-4
 
Race 9:  #3 Miz Lee has come up short in first three starts, but has run well in all three and figures tough with typical effort.  #1 Forensic didn't handle mud that well last time, but she has also run well on grass without winning, and is all upside.  #5 Coronette ran well in Saratoga debut in race that featured a walking pace, and is eligible to be much improved with natural development.
Selections:  3-1-5-11
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TimeformUS Analysis for June 14th

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for Saturday June 14th at Belmont
 
Race 1:  ML favorite #2 Brother Ralphie is a tough call.  On the one hand, he is lightly raced and facing a nondescript group, and he earned one of the better recent speed figures in the field for his debut win.  On the other hand, he was with a gold rail all the way in that win, drops way down in class without being given much of a chance by his new connections, and has to stretch out in distance.  We have too many questions to take him as the favorite, and will instead go to #5 Sunnyinseabrook on top, as he is dropped back into a realistic spot for the first time since demolishing a weak field of maiden claimers last November.
 
Selections:  5-2-3-4
 
 
Race 2:  #1 Lofty Heart has raced himself into shape after an extended layoff, posting back-to-back convincing wins at Gulfstream and Keeneland, and then failing to find room in the stretch in strong allowance field last time.  
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#9 Animal Style is the horse to beat despite being held off at this level last time; handles give in the ground, should that be the case on Saturday.  #7 Golden Itiz has ability and ran a big race in first start for Jacobson back in April; handles all surfaces, but has never sprinted on grass.
 
Race 2:  1-9-7-5
 
 
Race 3:  #6 Love the Breeding ships in for a dangerous trainer after winning three of four right off the claim, and she figures to handle the distance of this race better than her main rival, #4 Rosie My Way.  The latter just won a race around two turns at Monmouth, but she's better as a sprinter.  #3 Go Olivia Go was unlucky when caught in stretch traffic on turf last time, and should be competitive in here.
 
Selections:  6-3-4-1
 
 
Race 4:  #2 Liatris was impressive running over favored rival in the stretch despite obvious greenness; may have a tougher time of it chasing #3 Lindy, who sped away from several next-out winners at Presque Isle, but we were impressed enough with her debut to take Liatris here.  We suppose that the Pletcher firster #6 Fashion Alert could be one of his good ones as she debuts in stakes company, but each of the top 2 have already run well enough to make this a tough spot.
 
Selections:  2-3-6-4
 
 
Race 5:  #9 Birchwood Road is competitive with his best race here, and we like him to improve second off the layoff after taking a wide run at the lead through the turn last time.  #7 Elroi is improved as a 4yo, and failed to work out the cleanest of runs in either start since strong maiden win off the layoff; feels like the horse to beat.  #4 Toy Cannon was blocked in the stretch in first start off the layoff, but also had a pace to close into, and he has come up just short one time too many.
 
Selections:  9-7-4-1
 
 
Race 6:  We liked what we saw from #1 Infinite Magic as a 3yo, and are interested to see how he returns from the layoff; drew well on the inside for this distance on the inner.  #2 General Logan also impressed in spots last season, and also has a layoff to deal with, and these two face some solid older rivals.  Of those, we prefer #3 Swift Warrior, who had little chance the way the Fort Marcy was run, and handles this trip.
 
Selections:  1-2-3-7
 
 
Race 7:  #2 Bake Shop takes a big drop in class, but so do a few others in here, and he projects to be hooked up on a fast pace, so we'll look elsewhere.
 
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#6 Tug of War may not be able to run competitively anymore, but he's been in very tough since his last win back in December 2012, including that last one, which was a super-tough open $25k claimer; one final chance. #7 Pretension has also been facing much tougher, and switches from turf to dirt for this.
 
Selections:  6-7-2-5
 
 
Race 8:  #4 My Jopia has done little wrong on turf, holding her own vs. solid open company rivals, and winning 2-of-3 with NY-breds; has a start under her belt this year for trainer off to good start here.  #8 One Time Only may be the horse to beat as she ships in to face NY-breds for the first time, but these horses are often badly overbet, and there are some good horses in here.  #2 Atlantic's Smile is off the layoff, and may not want to tussle with One Time Only early, but she can run and sprinting is her game.
 
Selections:  4-8-2-5
 
 
Race 9:  Wide-open turf sprint is open to several different horses, and may just come down to trips.  We are big fans of #4 Barrel of Love, who held his form in Tampa over the winter and is capable of competing with these despite his lack of similar credentials; taking him at what should be a square price.  #2B Strong Impact remains in form as an 8yo, handles this trip, and is dead game; think he's the horse to beat in here.  #9 West Hills Giant is another price to consider, as he has plenty of room to improve, but he had better if he's going to compete with horses like these.
 
Selections:  4-2B-9-3
 
 
Race 10:  #11 Alabaster City made a promising run despite having debut rained off turf; a similar run on turf, which he is bred for, makes him tough.  #1 Blue Chips Only was well-backed in Saratoga debut, now returns on grass, a surface over which his dam was a three-time winner.  #8 Spa City Treasure is a 5yo maiden with only two starts, but he's run okay, and this will be his first start with NY-breds.
 
Selections:  11-1-8-12
 
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Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, June 14, 2014

Race 4, 2-year-old Fillies, $100,000 Astoria, 5 ½ furlongs, 2:53 p.m.

FASHION ALERT (bay filly, Old Fashioned—Titan Queen, by Tiznow) is set to make her debut in a stakes stakes. She has one sibling of racing age, Renee’s Titan, who placed in a pair of stakes as a 2-year-old and won the Grade 2 Santa Ynez as a 3-year-old. Their dam is a placed full-sister to Roman’s Run, who was staked placed at Jebel Ali in Dubai, and a half-sister to Big Band Sound, who took the Grade 2 Play the King on the turf at Woodbine, and Silver Prospector, who captured the restricted Don Rickles at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Owner: George Bolton

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $125,000 Keeneland September yearling