Belmont Horses in Focus for Thursday, May 23

Race 4: Yamano Maker (#7)

  • The Pace Projector is predicting that he will be on the lead in a situation favoring the front-runner.
  • Is bred to handle the switch to turf, since he is out of a turf-winning dam and is a half-sister to a Group 3 turf winner in Japan.
  • Appeared to handle the turf very well in his workout over that surface last Sunday.

8-1 on ML

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Race 5: Bronxville (#6)

  • Ran deceptively well last time, chasing a fast pace before fading in a race that collapsed.
  • Has done his best work over sprint distances and has finished poorly in all of his route efforts.
  • DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past 5 years, Ray Handal is 7 for 25 (28 percent, $2.68 ROI) with horses turning back from route to sprints on dirt.

3-1 on ML

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Race 8: Expert (#2)

  • Overcome a slow pace and a rail-biased surface last time out, running a stronger race than the speed figure suggests.
  • Should appreciate the stretch-out in distance since he has been effective going as far as 9 furlongs in the past.
  • DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past 5 years, Linda Rice is 8 for 17 (47 percent, $2.82 ROI) with 4-year-old and older last-out winners going from sprints to routes on dirt.

2-1 on ML

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