by Jeff Siegel
July 9, 2020
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BELMONT PARK – 7th RACE. POST TIME: 4:32 ET
3 – On Base (5-1)
Was entered and scratched out of last week’s Kent Stakes at Delaware Park and instead surfaces in this more realistic first-level allowance race in his first outing in more than four months following an impressive Tampa Bay Downs maiden win at this nine furlong trip. The 3-year-old son of Empire Maker didn’t show much in his debut but left that form far behind when adding blinkers, display good tactical speed, and then pulverizing his foes in the final furlong despite racing a bit green and erratic. There’s no doubt that the natural talent is there, and as he gains experience this J. Thomas-trained colt could be more than just okay. At 5-1 on the morning line we’ll gamble that he’s progressed sufficiently to handle this more difficult assignment.
KEENELAND – 8th RACE. POST TIME: 4:57 ET
4 – Mom’s Red Lipstick (15-1)
Tackles older rivals in her 3-year-old debut in a difficult and contentious second-level allowance sprint but has a touch of real quality and probably is better than her morning line of 15-1 gives her credit for. The daughter of Race Day was miles the best in her debut win last summer at Arlington Park and then captured the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes impressively before concluding her juvenile campaign with good runner-up effort in the Glorious Song Stakes despite a less-than-ideal trip. She makes her first start over conventional dirt after a recent bullet drill at Churchill Downs (:46 1/5 fastest of 97), so we’ll assume she’ll handle the main track just fine. We know she can fire fresh and the gamble is that she’s grown up and matured in her first outing in eight months. We’ll take a shot.