Belmont Park | Race 3 | Post Time 2:37 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
As usual, Chad Brown has this field over a barrel. Kurilov (#2) might be favored after putting in a fantastic effort in his turf debut against Grade 1 company back in February. He couldn’t quite get to loose-on-the-lead winner Heart to Heart that day but held off the talented Hi Happy for third. I can excuse his last effort due to the turf condition and his being glued to a dead rail throughout. However, I prefer his stablemate, who may go off at a slightly better price.
SILVERWAVE (#6) seems likely to take a step forward here. Brown has been candid about this runner having been a little short when he made his U.S. debut in the Fort Marcy last time. He was no match for his talented stablemate Robert Bruce, who will be a top contender in the Manhattan next month, but he actually ran well to lose by only two lengths. Silverwave was chasing three wide throughout and never stopped running in the lane. Furthermore, the stretch-out to 10 furlongs figures to really help since this runner wanted every part of 1 1/2 miles in France. This race seems like another stepping-stone to bigger goals later in the season, but I expect this horse to start showing his class.
I’ll primarily focus on these two, but there are some others to consider underneath in exotics. Memories of Peter (#4) got a good prep in last time and should revert to his preferred front-running tactics here. A moderate early pace could make him dangerous in the lane. Messi (#3) also must be considered in any exacta or trifecta wagers, since he’s always a candidate to get back into the mix at this level.
Trifecta: 6 with 2 with 1,3,4,5
Trifecta: 6 with 1,3,4,5 with 2