Wednesday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Sardonyx can move forward in her second start

Belmont | Race 9 | Post Time 5:19 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
 
Almost all of the major contenders in this finale are exiting the maiden race run at Belmont on Sept. 22, which was won impressively, in fast time, by Jody’s Song. Of the also-rans, Purely Lucky probably ran the best race. However, she is going to be a relatively short price and has had a few chances at this point. I want to look at some more creative options out of that race since a few horses had trips.
 
In my opinion, the runner that stands to take the biggest step forward is SARDONYX (#3).
 
 
This filly broke about a length slowly, and John Velazquez immediately motivated her to try to get her into the race. However, she became rank down the backstretch and ended up making a mild, premature move while racing wide without cover. She continued to advance wide into the turn and eventually flattened out late. Overall, it was a good education, and she figures to improve in her second start.
 
THE PLAY
 
Win/place: 3
Exacta key box: 3 with 4, 5, 7, 10, 11
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