Belmont Sunday Highlight Horse: Cave Johnson is a threat to Performance Bonus

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>Belmont | Race 8  | Post Time 5:13 EDT | Go To The TimeformUS PPs

In this races, I want to stick with the horses that have proven turf form. Performance Bonus (#3) is clearly the horse to beat off his two solid performances at this level. One could make a solid argument that he was facing a better field last time, and that that race is good enough to win against softer company today. However, Performance Bonus is going to be a very short price, and I think he faces at least one serious challenger.

I prefer CAVE JOHNSON (#7) given what should be a more attractive price.

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He ran very well against some tough three-year-olds back in May at Belmont, and then may have been slightly hindered by a traffic-filled stretch run two back at Saratoga. After all, he was beaten only three lengths by next-out winners Our Way and Hockey School in that race. He’s in good form, and the Pace Projector is predicting he’ll get some pace to close into.

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The other horse to throw in is Contradict (#6), who is a difficult read as he returns from a lengthy layoff. He earned a huge 112 speed figure at Aqueduct last fall, but that performance came over a quirky turf course late in the season.

THE PLAY

Win: 7

Exacta Key Box: 7 with 3,6

Trifecta: 7 with 3,6 with 3,6

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