Belmont | Race 4 | Post Time 3:04 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
Chad Brown holds a strong hand in this race as the two runners that figure to take the most money both come out of his barn. Fools Gold (#6) ran well in her career debut at Saratoga, but she also got a great trip, stalking the pace along the rail for much of the way before angling out in the stretch. Bill Mott’s entrant in this race, Lemoona (#5), ran by her in the late stages, and I thought she ran a much better race considering her two- to three-wide trip.
That said, the horse that I think is the most likely winner is Chad Brown’s other runner, DATA DEPENDENT (#1).
This filly was badly hampered in the early going of her debut. After getting away somewhat slowly, she was carried out into the first turn as her stablemate – the eventual winner – veered in suddenly and clipped heels in front of her. From there, she was racing greenly through the final half-mile but still managed to close well for fourth. I think we’ll see her show more speed this time, and I’m expecting a vastly improved effort.
I also want to use the pair of first-time starters, Coffee Crush (#2), who is out of the multiple stakes-winning turfer Wasted Tears, and Really Proud (#8), a half-sister to Kentucky Oaks winner Proud Spell.
Exacta Key Box: 1 with 2,5,6,8
Trifecta: 1 with 2,5 with 2,3,5,6,8