Sunday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Pamina should relish added ground in second start off the layoff

Belmont Park | Race 4 | Post Time 3:09 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
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Too Cool to Dance (#4) figures to go favored off an easy maiden victory against overmatched rivals. She had proven her quality in her prior start when finishing just behind her highly regarded stablemate Reversethedecision, and she is the horse to beat.

Best Performance (#2) also should attract some support given her robust resume. However, I have serious doubts about her desire to stretch out even further in distance. She seems like a filly that wants to go shorter – not longer – after she flattened out following a premature move last time.

While I respect the favorite, I want to take a shot against these horses with PAMINA (#7). She took a big step forward in her return from the layoff at Monmouth last time. That day, she was thrown in against older fillies and mares, and she actually ran quite well despite not getting the easiest trip. She was wide for much of the way and seemed hopelessly beaten turning for home. Yet she unleashed a furious stretch bid once clear. She’s bred to relish added ground and she gets a significant rider switch to Irad Ortiz.

THE PLAY

Win: 7
Exacta Key Box: 7 with 2,3,4,5
Trifecta: 4,7 with 4,7 with 1,2,3,5​

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