Belmont Thursday Highlight Horse: Nile Princess should be tough to beat with a clean break


>>Belmont | Race 4 | Thursday June 16th | Post Time 3:04 EDT | Go To The TimeformUS PPs

Emerald Pond (#8) will take money in this spot just because she’s a Chad Brown trainee dropping in class. However, we’re not convinced that this filly is actually a sprinter and are wary of backing her at a short price.
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We instead are most interested in horses who raced at this level on May 22. Of those, the one that was most compromised by her trip that day was NILE PRINCESS (#1), who was steadied sharply at the break, losing a few lengths of position. She actually did well to regain contact with the field and finished up strongly to be third. She has prior turf races that make her a major player here, and we expect her to show more speed in her second start off the layoff.
Long Road (#3) will try to take these as far as she can up front, but she may not have been beating a field of any quality last time. She’s also no guarantee to get the seven furlong distance of this race. Sweet Corinna (#2) was a little wide last time, but had no apparent excuse to finish as poorly as she did. We’re skeptical of her chances to rebound here. Aussie Prayer (#5) makes plenty of sense, but we think Nile Princess will be able to turn the tables on her today.
Win:  1
Exacta Key Box:  1 with 5,8
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