Belmont Sunday Highlight Horse: Sabrina Ballerina is the one to catch off the layoff

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>>Belmont | Race 6 | Sunday June 5th | Post Time 4:09 EDT | Go To The TimeformUS PPs

We want to focus on runners with prior racing experience. Young Anna Lee (#6) is the logical morning line favorite, having earned a field-best 94 speed figure in her last start, a distinct improvement off her dull return effort in April. She had previously shown promise at age two when finishing second to Wonderment in the Lynbrook Stakes last July. She’s the horse to beat, but she may not have a free ride on the lead today.

The horse with the highest early speed rating, a 118, is our top pick, SABRINA BALLERINA (#2).
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Sabrina Ballerina returns from a lengthy layoff to finally make her second career start. In her debut, she was off about two lengths slowly, which was not noted in the published chart comments. After rushing up to take the lead through fast fractions (color-coded in red), she seemingly put away her rivals at the head of the stretch, but ultimately tired late. With routine improvement on that 89 speed figure she earned in her first start, she should be awfully tough to beat. Bruce Levine does fine with horses coming off layoffs of this type.
In larger exacta and trifecta wagers, we would also have to consider the other second-time starter, Uptown Liza (#3), who will need to improve on her debut.
In terms of first-time starters, the one with the most precocious pedigree is Bay Island (#5), a half-sister to multiple stakes-winning sprinter Dust and Diamonds, but she goes out for 11-rated debut trainer Tom Bush. Brass Cat (#4) is related to some solid New York-bred stakes performers, but she may ultimately want to go farther than six furlongs. Day After Day (#1) may attract the most support of all the debut runners, but Mike Hushion is best known for his second-time starters.
Win:  2
Exacta:  2 with 3,6
2 with 3,6 with 1,3,4,5,6
2 with 1,4,5 with 3,6
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