06/17/2011 4:30PM

Belmont Park: Cue the Wizard of Oz theme


Just saw Margaret Hamilton riding by the press box on her bicycle as some wicked weather has rolled into the area for the final two races on today's Belmont card.

 Strong rain is falling from blackened skies and I wouldn't be surprised if there is a delay for the eighth,which is scheduled for 4:45. If this is a prolonged storm, it wouldn't surprise me if we canceled the last two.

 The track is being sealed and and will be muddy by the time they run this optional claimer with four horses. Be Bullilsh stands as the 3-4 favorite in this six-furlong sprint which may be his prep for Sunday's $60,000 Noble Nashua Stakes at a mile for which he is also entered.

Today was the first day since May 20 that we were off the turf. Would anticipate losing some of tomorrow's turf races as well, though no official decision as been made.