There are a load of interesting longshot possibilities in this race, including QUIET ASSAULT, who makes his turf debut and could find himself on the engine; OCASTA, a Grade 3-placed colt that was stuck behind a slug-slow pace last time; and the duo of SOUTHERN OCEAN and PERFECT JOISKI, who finished 1-2 in a fast $50,000 claiming affair on June 9.CHURCHILL DOWNS, Race #6
$191 WIN on 2.
$310 WIN on 3.
$250 WIN on 10.
$2 TRIFECTA 2,3,10 with 1,2,3,5,7,10 with 1,2,3,5,7,10
$2 SUPERFECTA 2,3 with 2,3,10 with 1,2,3,5,7,10 with 1,2,3,5,7,10
$2 PICK SIX 2,3,10 with 1,4,5,6 with 2,5,6,8,9,11,12 with 8,10 with 6,7 with 4,9.
TICKET COST: $2,311
RESULT: RESULT: ORDER OF FINISH: 5-1-10 TICKET NOT A WINNER
ROSE MOUNTAIN exploded in mid-stretch to win her latest, which was also her second attempt over the all-weather surface at Arlington Park. Another performance like that and she wins today.ARLINGTON PARK, Race #4
$460 WIN & PLACE on 9.
$10 EXACTA KEY BOX 9 with 2,4,7.
$5 TRIFECTA 5,9 with 5,9 with 2,4,7.
$5 DAILY DOUBLE 2,4,5,7,9 with 5,10.
$15 DAILY DOUBLE 9 with 5,9,10,12.
TICKET COST: $1,120
RESULT: RESULT: ORDER OF FINISH: 4-2-5 TICKET RETURNED $418
From a handicapping standpoint, this race appears fairly clear cut. HIBAAYEB, the only Grade I winner in the field, and ZAGORA, who is Grade I placed, are the best horses and the early splits figure to be very slow… at best. The pace is probably a non-issue — Trix In The City is the only confirmed frontrunner and she looks a bit overmatched against the likes of these; however, I fear the obvious credentials of Hibaayeb and Zagora are sure to supress their odds below what is fair. Thus, I`m inclined to take a shot with GIANTS PLAY, whose latest effort — a close second to the aforementioned Hibaayeb despite almost being strangled by jockey Rajiv Maragh in the early running — was impressive. At today`s shorter distance, I would think/hope/pray that Maragh lets Giant`s Play move a little earlier and I think she`s worth a deuce or two at the right odds (3-1 or greater).BELMONT PARK, Race #6
$249 WIN on 6.
$25 EXACTA 1,7 with 6
$6 PICK THREE 1,6,7 with 3,5,7,8 with 3
$2 PICK THREE 6 with 3,5,7,8 with 2,3,4,5,6.
TICKET COST: $411
RESULT: RESULT: ORDER OF FINISH: 6-1-7 TICKET RETURNED $1323.10
I suspect that CAP?N SWIFTER has some talent (for a $7,500 claiming horse) and that her race at Fairmount Park, after 514 days on the sidelines, was to get her ready for a return to the big leagues today. The real question mark is whether or not the filly can get the early lead against the likes of these and, if not, whether or not she can show the same stretch punch she did at Fairmount (a race-best -7 LSR last time). On the plus side are her connections, as well as a sire known for producing solid AWS runners. And speaking of good connections? TURTLE PIE doesn?t have ?em. Trainer Ronald Goodridge is zip for 77 this year and jockey Josh Molitor has posed for pictures in the winner?s circle just once at the current Arlington Park stand. Yet, this daughter of Wild Zone gets a much-needed class drop and should get a nice, stalking trip.ARLINGTON PARK, Race #5
$249 WIN on 5.
$499 WIN on 10.
$5 EXACTA 5,10 with 4,5,6,9,10,11,12.
$1 TRIFECTA 5,10 with 4,5,6,9,10,11,12 with 4,5,6,9,10,11,12.
$1 SUPERFECTA 10 with 4,5,6,9,10,11,12 with 4,5,6,9,10,11,12 with 4,5,6,9,10,11,12
TICKET COST: $988
RESULT: ORDER OF FINISH 5-6-10 TICKET RETURNED $2366.20
I absolutely love SKY BLUE PINK`s last race, in which he posted a 95 Brisnet speed figure (today`s par is 93) and +3 late speed ration (LSR). There`s a fair amount of early speed signed up too, so it appears the Christophe Clement trainee should get a great trip. Top jock Ramon Dominguez in the saddle only adds to the appeal.BELMONT PARK, Race #8
$999 WIN on 3.
$237 PLACE on 3.
$50 EXACTA KEY BOX 3 with 2,5,6.
$8 TRIFECTA 3,4 with 3,4 with 2,5,6
$4 TRIFECTA 3 with 2,4,5,6 with 2,4,5,6.
$10 DAILY DOUBLE 3 with 2,3,4.
TICKET COST: $1,662
RESULT: ORDER OF FINISH 6-1-3 TICKET NOT A WINNER
HAYLEY?S HALO is a Win Factor Method “Prime Overlay? possibility.RUIDOSO DOWNS, Race #5
$249 WIN on 2.
TICKET COST: $249
RESULT: WAGERING WAS CANCELLED ON THIS RACE DUE TO TOO MANY SCRATCHES.
In an ironic twist, AFLEETING LADY, whose dam is Oatsee, was transferred to the barn of Dale Romans, who just so happens to train her half-brother — a colt by the name of Shackleford. Afleeting Lady promptly ran the best race of her career to break her maiden and I think, with her bloodlines, there may be more good things to come.CHURCHILL DOWNS, Race #9
$499 WIN on 8.
$20 EXACTA KEY BOX 8 with 6,7,10.
TICKET COST: $619
RESULT:ORDER OF FINISH: 4-8-7 TICKET NOT A WINNER.
Although I`m not enamored with JOYFUL VICTORY (and I`m unconvinced that her Honeybee score was as fast as the 111 Brisnet speed figure suggests), this is not a great edition of the Mother Goose. The daughter of Tapit is the only Grade 2 winner in the field and looks like a solid favorite against these. The value in the race appears to be Darley Stable`s MY ASSETS, who broke her maiden in impressive fashion (92 Brisnet speed figure, -8 LSR).BELMONT PARK, Race #9
$249 WIN on 3.
$50 EXACTA BOX 2,3,4.
TICKET COST: $549
RESULT: ORDER OF FINISH 5-4-6 TICKET NOT A WINNER.
BUCKSTER is a Win Factor Method “Prime Overlay? possibility.SUNRAY PARK, Race #8
$249 WIN on 6.
$10 EXACTA KEY BOX 6 with 2,3,7.
$10 TRIFECTA 6 with 2,3,7 with 2,3,7.
TICKET COST: $369
RESULT: ORDER OF FINISH: 7-6-5 TICKET RETURNED $85.00
If the morning line is anywhere close to being accurate, I think TAZZ deserves strong consideration. In a race that will likely feature a slow pace, the son of Roar of the Tiger figures to get first run on the probable favorite PRINCEVILLE CONDO and he could prove tough to run down. Also, ICE CLIMBER looks like an intriguing longshot possibility.ARLINGTON PARK, Race #10
$249 WIN on 3.
$5 EXACTA KEY BOX 3 with 2,5,6.
$5 EXACTA KEY BOX 6 with 2,3,5.
TICKET COST: $309
RESULT: ORDER OF FINISH 3-2-1 TICKET RETURNED $1,433.60 — SCORE WITH SIMON FINAL TOTAL BANKROLL FOR 6/25: $5874.70