By News Team
25th June 2020
Friday night’s action at Belmont is the warmup for Saturday’s Grade One action, but there is still some high-quality contests taking place, and Nick Luck has previewed the card.
Dyna’s sprint form looks strong enough
The likeable Purrageous Dyna (10.04pm) is a sporting pick to better likely favourite Saratoga Treasure in the feature at Belmont Park on Friday evening.
A note of caution is sounded, because this is her first run back since November, and it is over a distance shy of her normal, so you could be forgiven for thinking this is a get-ready run.
My contention, however, is that she is better at shorter: all three of her turf sprint runs have yielded big efforts and her two career best performances have come at this track.
So long as she breaks adequately and is a least able to keep within hailing distance, she should be competitive where it matters.
Big Boy might Mo then down
On the face of it, Star of the West will be hard to beat in the opener, but he’s taking on plenty of horses whose connections think them worthy of a slight step up in grade, which is always a pleasing sign.
One such is Big Boy Mo (6.15pm), who was keeping notably better company last autumn, ran some respectable races, and looked to have improved a bit on his comeback win here.
He needs more still, but he didn’t have a perfect trip that day and can prove a bit of value.
Time can run Personal best back on turf
I might just be in a contrary mood today, but I’ll try and get another favourite turned over in the nice turf allowance race 3.
Good Governance is a Chad Brown-trained son of Kingman that is completely unexposed, but you can keep the 3/5 or shorter and I’ll have a price about the McGaughey-trained Personal Time (7:23pm), a brother to Orb, but a much better prospect on turf if his last three efforts are anything to go by.
In this barn, you would not rule out a horse improving at the age of five, and Personal Time should enjoy the extra distance today, while this track may suit better than Gulfstream.