by Jeff Siegel
July 5, 2020
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GULFSTREAM PARK – 9th RACE. POST TIME: 4:00 ET
6 – PRINCESS SECRET (9/2)
Tackles the boys in this first-level allowance sprint but should be too quick for this group and clearly is doing well since her debut romp in early May, having just breezed five furlongs in :58 4/5 at over the deeper Gulfstream Park West main track. The daughter of Khozan is comfortably drawn outside so she can stalk and pounce if the situation dictates, but we’re thinking that she won’t be waiting around for anybody. At 9/2 on the morning line she’ll offer considerable value both in the win pool and especially in the rolling exotics.
BELMONT PARK – 7th RACE. POST TIME: 4:32 ET
6 – STONE TORNADO (2-1)
Was extremely well-meant in her U. S. debut in a similar second-level allowance turf affair last month but was caught very wide without cover every step of the way and paid the price close home when worn down to wind up third beaten a half-length in a fast, highly-rated affair. The lightly-raced import shows two easy breezes since that race, retains I. Ortiz, and was a listed stakes winner in France at this distance last summer, so if she can settle in behind leaders and find room to rally when called upon the C. Brown-trained filly should be along in time. We’ll embrace her morning line of 2-1 in the straight pool and in rolling exotic play if we can get it.
BELMONT PARK – 8th RACE. POST TIME: 5:04 ET
8 -TALE OF THE UNION (2-1)
This lightly-raced but talented son of Union Rags is trying to make amends (again) after twice failing as the favorite in his first two outings since returning off a long layoff. He really should have no excuses. Two runs back he was simply dead short in his first outing in 21 months and then in his most recent start he stood in the gate and lost all chance at the break. Today, he’s drawn comfortably outside in a sprint with a modest amount of early speed, so the B. Baffert-trained hopefully will load last, break first, and then settle into an ideal stalking or pressing position before kicking on with it when called upon. A recent half mile bullet breeze (:46 3/5, fastest of 43) should have him on edge, so at 2-1 on the morning line he’s a strong win play and rolling exotic single.
BELMONT PARK – 9TH RACE. POST TIME: 5:36 ET
2 – DELAWARE (GB) (5-1)
French graded stakes winner was below his best form in his U.S. debut last month, getting shuffled back early in heavy traffic and then failing to produce his typical late kick when eighth beaten five lengths vs. listed stakes foes over this course and distance. Today, the son of Frankel adds Lasix and blinkers for the first time and switches to I. Ortiz while dropping into the conditioned allowance ranks, so we’re expecting the English-bred colt to deliver his best stuff. If he leaves cleanly from his inside draw the C. Brown-trained colt should be prominent throughout and have dead aim at the head of the lane. At 5-1 on the morning line he’s a win play and rolling exotic key.