US racing tips: Tom Collins is hoping the rain falls at Belmont Park on Saturday
9.40 Belmont Park
10.02 Gulfstream Park
Does anyone know how to doan effective raindance? Theheavens are supposed to open at Belmont Park in New York from Friday night until mid-morning on Saturday and I'll be hoping there's enough precipitation to switch the turf contests onto the main track.
If there isn't,Ghazaaly won't run in the $92,000 allowance optional claimer (9.40 Belmont Park) as he's a main-track-only entry. However, it looks promising that the race will move to the dirt and therefore he becomes a major player.
This chestnut son of Curlin cost Shadwell a whopping $1.05million as a yearling and he shaped with promise on his first two outings in maiden special weight contests at this track, producing attractive speed figures in the process.
He broke his maiden at the third time of asking at Keeneland, beforeposting a career-best effort to finish second at this level to subsequent Grade 3 Ohio Derby winner Masqueparade at Churchill Downs two months ago.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has freshened him up as he ships back to New York and his dirt form, as well as his improving profile, warrants utmost respect in this field.
The Grade 3 Smile Sprint Invitational (10.02) is one of two stakes races on the featured card at Gulfstream Park and offers one of the most attractive bets of the night.
Diamond Oopsis the horse in question. The Patrick Biancone-trained sprinter has recorded six of his eight career victories at this track and won this corresponding event in 2019 when he produced a strong late kick to run down the pacesetters.
He has largely been tried at higher levels since– recorded a couple of Grade 2 wins in the meantime– but returned to the Hallandale Beach venue for a handicap last month and duly produced the goods.
This race should set up well for Diamond Oops with a lack of blistering pace among his rivals and a recent 5f workout in 59.9seconds will have him primed for his third run off the layoff.
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