By News Team
Last Updated: 12th June 2020
There’s some good racing across the pond on Saturday evening at Belmont Park with the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps the highlight. Here’s our US racing expert Nick Luck with his best bets on the card.
She’s A Julie can take Ogden Phipps
SHE’S A JULIE (10:36pm), the very likeable mare trained by Steve Asmussen, can bounce back from a rare sub-par performance when she lines up in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park on Saturday evening.
As elite level races go, this is not the strongest, and the eye is initially drawn to Ollie’s Candy and Point of Honor, second and third in the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park in April. The former ran a monster race that day and may bounce, while the latter got detached, closed late and may not have enough real estate this time.
By contrast, the selection is perfectly suited by this distance, can adopt a nice stalking position, and should be fitter for her comeback, when a disastrous break effectively ruined any chance of winning.
Party on the cards if After Prom can get his head in front
Earlier, in a thin looking opener, AFTER PROM PARTY (6:15pm) looks to have been found a realistic opportunity to break his maiden. Although backing five-year-olds with three lifetime starts comes with attendant risks, the improved form on turf last autumn reads well enough here, as do the trainer’s numbers with horses off a long layoff.
Rudy can Go Go
GO RUDY GO (7:55pm) is not the strongest finisher in the world but might just have too much for his rivals back on turf. He’s shown that he is viable in this grade, and his two efforts on grass in better company make him interesting, particularly with little pace in the race. He might be able to get things his own way.
Durkin’s gets the Call in race 5
In race 5 (8:27pm), DURKIN’S CALL might be the answer. He has been a little bit of a disappointment in the round, caught between two stools distance-wise. That said, his best effort of the last twelve months came over this track and trip, and his recent works suggest that he could be ready to hit the ground running off a break with Castellano taking over in the saddle.