Belmont Horses in Focus for Friday, September 29th

Race 2: Pocket Player (#5)

Was wide throughout in his last start over an Aqueduct turf course that favors runners that can save ground.

All prior starts came as a two-year-old, and has a right to be an improved horse with added maturity.

Returns as a first-time gelding in his first start for the Tom Bush barn.

12-1 on ML


Race 4: Naples Parade (#1)

Unleashed a furious late rally to nearly get up to win her debut.

Is closely related to Zenyatta, since both are daughters of Street Cry, and this filly’s dam is a half-sister to the champion mare.

DRF Formulator Fact: Bill Mott is 10 for 40 (25%, $2.41 ROI) with maidens coming off layoffs of 180 days or more in turf routes.

6-1 on ML


Race 8: Tathqeef (#4)

Handled this distance in the early summer at Belmont, beating the talented Rocketry.

Was three- to four-wide throughout last time over a turf course that was favoring runners that raced near the rail.

His preferred stalking running style gives him an advantage in a race lacking much pace.

5-2 on ML

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