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Get to know Belmont Stakes Contender
Restoring Hope

Owner: Gary and Mary West
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Florent Geroux

2018 Wood Memorial Replay

Get to Know Restoring Hope

Sire: Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat)
Dam: Symbol of Freedom (Tapit)
Foaled: May 5, 2015
Breeder: Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc.

Starts: 5
Wins: 1
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $149,880

Bettors’ Edge

By Jeremy Plonk

Restoring Hope: The ‘other’ Bob Baffert in the lineup, he will run uncoupled from ballyhooed barnmate Justify. This colt hinted at huge talent this spring, but disappointed in the Wood Memorial and Pat Day Mile. The Belmont Stakes seems an awfully odd placement, but owners Gary and Mary West are optimists on the big stages. He’s bred for the trip, and a maternal grandson of Tapit, whose success at Belmont includes siring 3 of the last 4 winners. This seems like way too much to ask, but if Restoring Hope was to develop later this year like Arrogate or West Coast have in the past around Travers time, that would not be a total stunner. His best running style is to press the pace, and it will be curious how he is ridden if Justify is the lone target in front of him.

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Restoring Hope Race History

Date Race Track Finish
May 5, 2018 Pat Day Mile Stakes (G3) Churchill Downs 12th
April 7, 2018 Wood Memorial (G2) Aqueduct 3rd
February 2, 2018 Maiden Santa Anita 1st
December 20, 2017 Maiden Santa Anita 3rd
December 17, 2017 Maiden Los Alamitos Thoroughbred 2nd