samedi 5 mai 2012

Through The Binocs

Overnight thunderstorms kept the main track muddy and again all Belmont Park turf races were switched to the main track.

That was no problem for Risky Rachel, who took command on the far turn and drew off to an impressive 4 3/4- length victory in the $80,750 Put the Powder To It Stakes.

She was trained by Juan Coronel, who is now two for two in his training career, both victories coming with Risky Rachel.

Ridden to victory by Cornelio Velasquez, she ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in the mud in 1:17.10.

SEVENTH RACE: Race was switched to the main track and the field reduced to five.

What made this more difficult to handicap for bettors was the fact that four of the five runners in the race were first-time starters.

Bettors went with experience and made Beautiful one, the only horse with a start under her belt, the 3-2 favorite.

She did not break well and had to chase pacesetting Phantasticus. On the far turn, Resonating took over the lead and drew off to win by 4 3/4 lengths while Beautiful One ended up third, 13 3/4 lengths back.

10TH RACE: It was the opinion of some the inside part of the track today was not good, and it was advisable that jockeys keep their mounts off the rail as much as possible. Unfortunately Black and White may have taken it to the extreme.

After breaking sharply out of the gate, Black and White was setting the pace while out in the ten path, like in an Ussery’s Alley move, while racing down the backstretch.

Turning for home Black and White still had the lead but traveling the extra distance started to take a toll on her.

She tired badly to be third, being passed by first-time starter as eventual winner Garnet Street and Double Berg.


Winning numbers


2 winners

Paid $11,754

245 winners (5 of 6)

Paid $79

No carryover

Juan Coronel, Cornelio Velasquez, Belmont Park turf races, Black and White, Rachel

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