Belmont Friday Highlight Horse: Timber can move up on turf


>>Belmont | Race 7 | Friday June 17th | Post Time 6:17 EDT | Go To The TimeformUS PPs

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There is quite a bit of speed signed on for this race, led by recent maiden winner Animal Posse (#11). The Pace Projector is predicting a fast pace, which could help set things up for a closer. We could use the reliable Black Tide (#3), but we’re more interested in two lightly raced options.

Now that he’s drawn in off the also-eligible list, we have to include Whiskey Seven (#13). We acknowledge that this horse got a very hot pace to close into in his debut, but he could face a similar scenario here. He made an eye-catching late run that day and has a right to keep improving as a half-brother to Princess Violet.

However, the horse that we’re most interested in betting is TIMBER (#5), who makes his turf debut.

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This guy showed some potential in his debut, but has struggled in two starts against winners. We think this surface switch could wake him up, since he is a half-brother to Grade 1-placed turf sprinter Green Mask. His running style fits this race well, and we think he can make an impact here at a generous price. Joe Orseno, a 57-rated overall trainer, gets a 71 trainer rating with his turf sprinters.


Win/Place: 5
Exacta Key Box: 5 with 1,2,3,13


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