Sunday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Beautiful Buzz’s recent form is stronger than it appears

Belmont Park | Race 6 | Post Time 4:14 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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This race is actually just as intriguing on dirt as it was on turf. Two recent debut winners lead the line-up, as Still There (#2) ships in from Kentucky, and Satsify (#13) comes off an impressive maiden score against fellow New York-breds. Both faced solid fields in those races and I think they are the ones to beat. Pink Twist (#6) is also likely to attract some support. However, she has lost two straight races at very short prices. I realize that she still earned competitive speed figures for those efforts, but I wonder if she’s heading in the right direction. She’s switched into Jeremiah Englehart’s barn for this race.

I’m using all of these runners, but I think BEAUTIFUL BUZZ (#1) is a potential upsetter. This filly ran very well in her debut and followed that up with a strong effort against winners on Jan. 19. My Roxy Girl defeated her in the Franklin Square, but Beautiful Buzz had to overcome a wide trip on a day when horses racing on the rail seemed to have an advantage. She most recently ran on March 23 and something obviously went wrong that day. Dylan Davis appeared to ride her tentatively on the turn as she suddenly dropped out of contention before re-rallying late. It’s taken her a little while to get back to the races, but I’m encouraged that there’s no alarming drop in class. The TimeformUS Pace Projector is predicting that she possesses the early speed to get in front of this field early, which is usually important over wet tracks.

THE PLAY

Win: 1

Exacta Key Box: 1 with 2,6,10,13​

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