06/23/2011 10:44AM

Belmont Park: Groundhog Day in June


The main track is fast, the turf courses are listed as firm and the sky is gray for Thursday, another day when ominous weather is in the forecast. Like Wednesday, when the ominous weather never arrived, post times are being sped up again and main-track only entrants are being left in for now. There are only three races scheduled for the turf --- the fifth, and eighth and ninth --- and there are no main-track only entrants in the fifth so we won't have a horse running for purse money only in the early pick-four like we did yesterday.

 Limited scratches thus far with Soinlovewithuam I (fifth) being the most notable one. The third race scratched lost longshots Dreamin of Silver and Pitt Maneuver and is now down to a field of five.. Alarmist, one of the favorites for that race, will be equipped with one bar shoe.

 Four scratches out of the ninth --- Tahoe Warrior (1A), Follia (6), Intrepid (7) and Ricoriatoa (14). Main-track only entrants That's Rich (2B) and Coaltown Legend (13) remain in thus far.