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BELMONT PARK - RACE 6: Post 3:01 ET.
2-Sweet Melania (7/5)
Winner of the Jessamine S.-G2 at Keeneland last fall before finishing an excellent third to Sharing in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, the daughter of American Pharoah makes her seasonable bow and has trained like she’s ready to roll for Todd Pletcher (superb 29% with layoff runners). In a race with just four other entrants, none of whom are speed types, we’re expecting her to inherit the role as the controlling speed, and given that type of trip she’s the logical top pick and rolling exotic single.
SANTA ANITA - RACE 8: Post 4:02 PT.
5-Brickyard Ride (5/2)
This rapidly-developing son of Clubhouse Ride just scorched the main track when beating a starter optional claiming field by almost 10 lengths while earning a career top speed figure, one that buries this group if he can repeat it. And based on his workouts since that race, the C. Lewis-trained colt can do just that. The switch to turf doesn’t concern us at all and a low profile jockey should keep the price acceptable, so at 5/2 on the morning line he’s a win play and rolling exotic single.
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