09/11/2013 4:01PM

Belmont: Decisive Move looks for three in a row

Tom Keyser
Decisive Move, claimed out of winning efforts in his last two races, makes his first start for David Jacobson in Friday's opener at Belmont Park.

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A pair of optional claimers with first-level allowance conditions highlight a Friday the 13th card at Belmont Park peppered with five maiden races, including an $85,000 turf route for maiden 2-year-old fillies that is the richest race of the day.

The “featured” first race, worth $82,000 and scheduled for the Widener turf at seven furlongs, attracted eight meant for the grass, with Decisive Move, Image of Disco, and Jess Not Jesse expected to vie for favoritism.

Decisive Move, claimed from four of his six starts over the past year, most recently by David Jacobson, looks for his third straight win since paired with Javier Castellano.

Image of Disco, who has won two-turn routes at odds of 14-1 at Saratoga each of the past two years for Jim Ryerson, shortens up after taking advantage of an intense inside speed bias on Saratoga’s inner course during the final week.

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Jess Not Jesse has also been something of a Saratoga specialist, with 5 wins from 6 starts upstate that date back to his career debut in 2008 for Linda Rice. But the 7-year-old Jess Not Jesse has also won 2 of 3 on the grass at Belmont, and even ran second to Haynesfield in the 2009 Count Fleet Stakes on Aqueduct’s inner-dirt track.

“He never disappoints us,” said Rice.

Never the End, Stallwalkin’ Dude, Spiral Stair, Thomas Hill, and Two Seventeen also entered for turf.

The shortest-priced favorite on the program is Summer Place to Be, who, fittingly enough, won his career debut for Tony Dutrow at Saratoga last month, and is the 4-5 morning-line choice in race 8, a first-level optional $14,000 claimer for New York-breds out of the chute at 1 1/16 miles.

Just making it to the races was a feat unto itself for the 3-year-old Summer Place to Be, who has overcome two knee surgeries to remove chips, colic surgery, a laceration that required stitches, and a fractured hock.

“He really is quite a remarkable racehorse,” said Dutrow, who will stretch Summer Place to Be out from seven furlongs.

“After watching him run seven-eighths and watching him train, I think he wants to go farther,” said Dutrow. “It’s just what he wants.”

Among Summer Place to Be’s six opponents are Junior Officer and Mr Rosenthal, allowance winners who are in for the optional $14,000 tag.

Two turf stakes Saturday

Post positions were drawn Wednesday for Saturday’s turf stakes doubleheader of the $350,000 Garden City for 3-year-old fillies and the $150,000 Noble Damsel, for fillies and mares. The field for the Grade 3 Noble Damsel (race 8) in post position order: Naples Bay, Assateague, Better Lucky, Laugh Out Loud, Peace Preserver, and Hungry Island.

The Grade 1 Garden City (race 9) drew as follows: Emollient, Discreet Marq, With Sugar On Top, Alterite, Concise, Summer of Fun, Effie Trinket, Precarious, Praia, Watsdachances, and Caroline Thomas.