06/23/2009 11:00PM

$154K carryover boosts Belmont card


ELMONT, N.Y. - Even though their local tracks are dark, pick-six players in Southern California and Kentucky can get their fix on Wednesday at Belmont Park where a $154,891 carryover spices up a mundane program.

There are four turf races in the sequence, which makes it a chore to handicap in advance. There has not been a turf race run at Belmont since June 17, and though it had not rained as of Monday afternoon, at least a 30 percent chance of showers was in the forecast through Wednesday.

Here's a look at the sequence that begins with race 4 (2:36 p.m. Eastern).

Race 4: Eight were entered in this $12,500 maiden claimer going six furlongs on dirt. Of those who have run, Saint Midas has the least knocks, going winless in three starts. She gets off the rail and takes another drop in class for trainer Gary Contessa, who won six races last week to take the meet lead with 16. Karakorumsweetheart was second at this level two back, but now has the rail. Esquivalience was second for this price four back. Scholarly Pursuit, trained by George Weaver, looks best of the newcomers.

Race 5: This $25,000 nonwinners-of-two-lifetime sprint is set to go with 10 on turf. If it stays on the turf, consider singling Fiona Freud, despite her 1-for-24 record. She has finished second or third in 9 of 11 starts at Belmont, but she has done her best running on soft or yielding ground. She was beaten less than a length here on May 16, and came back a week later against slightly richer and was beaten just a half-length.

Trainer Tim Ritvo admitted he was taking a chance running her back so quickly, but the 5-year-old mare has had a month leading up to this. Can't fault those who would want to use Tutti Va Bene, a winner two back sprinting on turf. Ed's Princess finished a neck behind Fiona Freud two back, but her lone start on yielding turf was dreadful.

Though No Rhyme or Reason was not designated as main-track only, she is a must-use if this race goes to dirt. Green Harbor looks the best of the designated main-track-onlys.

Race 6: The Christophe Clement-trained entry of W.C. Jones and Quiet on the Tee looks strong in this New York-bred maiden turf race. W.C. Jones, third in his season debut off an 11-month layoff, is a half-brother to Fortunate Damsel, a two-time stakes winner on Belmont grass. Quiet on the Tee, sixth in his debut on dirt, is a half to Quietly Mine, who recorded all three of his career wins on Belmont turf. He gets Lasix for the first time. Trainer Barclay Tagg's Storm Hope is logical, while Don't You Linger could offer value. Single John Wyatt if this comes off the turf.

Race 7: Smokin Sarah beat Stephen's Rhythm by a neck at the $14,000 level on June 5. Use those two plus Crazy Thing, who drops in class and turns back to best distance off a runner-up finish going a mile last out.

Race 8: On turf or dirt, this second-level New York-bred allowance is a spread race. Princess Maura is 2 for 2 since being tried on turf, but figures to get enough pace pressure to set it up for a horse like the returning Nedjma or Brockly Rob, who is a must-use on either surface. Silvercup Baby is also a must-use on either surface. Offhand Remark and Speed Dating dueled when second and third behind Sonic Sound in this condition on May 28. This is the second start off a six-month layoff for both. If on dirt, use Jovanna and Summer Palace.

Race 9: If you've spread too deep elsewhere, then single Carmen's Kiss is this maiden $25,000 claimer scheduled for six furlongs on turf. Carmen's Kiss had an adventurous trip when beaten two lengths under a seven-pound apprentice at Gulfstream in April. Now gets switch to Javier Castellano. Dam is a half to the Grade 1 winner Citronnade. Rnbs Blackwateroll and Crafty Gem are usable as well. Super Child looks well-spotted if this race is run on dirt.