09/09/2013 3:44PM

Belmont Park: $137K pick six carryover wanting for singles


The first full week of Belmont’s fall meet begins with a salty first-level allowance for fillies, and also includes a pick six with a $137,011 double carryover after the bet went un-hit opening weekend.

The opener – which is also now the first leg of a 50-cent minimum pick five with a 15 percent takeout – drew a field of just five, but among them are Cue the Moon and Galloping Giraffe, who drop from respective fourth-place finishes behind division leader Princess of Sylmar in the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama.

Neither may be favored, however, due to the presence of Wedding Toast, an impressive last-out maiden winner for Kiaran McLaughlin at Saratoga, where she ran the last three furlongs of a 1 1/8-mile race in 36.05 seconds.

Wedding Toast, first-time Lasix, breaks from the inside post in the one-mile allowance.

Lady Clara and Thisizsparta complete the lineup.

The pick six gets underway with race 4 at 2:38 p.m. Eastern. The sequence includes four races scheduled for turf, and the fields are relatively large at 12, 9, 10, 9, 8, and 10 if things hold together.

Potential singles are risky at best:

◗ At 7-5, He’s So Chic (race 5) is the shortest-priced favorite in the mix, but he was vanned off the racetrack in his last race July 6.

◗ Hothersal, the 2-1 morning-line choice in the $89,000 second-level allowance feature (race 8), makes his first start since June 2012.

For the adventurous, a brief synopsis:

Fourth race: Of the dozen 2-year-old fillies in the main body of this maiden special weight guess-fest at seven furlongs on turf, only Lil’ Zilla has any experience sprinting on turf.

Among the seven first-time starters, the likeliest to be live are Easy Living, whose trainer, Christophe Clement, sent out five first-out grass winners at Saratoga and added another here opening day, and Maybry’s Fortune, who has four siblings that won on grass.

Fifth race: Five of the nine low-level claiming sprinters return from layoffs, including the aforementioned He’s So Chic, a deep closer who needs pace up front. He might get it, too, with speedsters He Ain’t Bluffing, Luxury Appeal, and Real Estate in the mix.

Sixth race: Five of these New York-bred maidens have run and five have not. Bettors will be flying on instruments as to whether well-connected newcomers Berkette and My Place are ready to roll.

None of the experienced runners have matched the Beyer par (77), but Baragah, first-time Lasix for McLaughlin, is lightly raced and has the most upside.

Seventh race: So Royal is the one to catch and beat from the rail in this maiden-claiming dash on the inner turf, but Fly Solo may have enough speed to bother her early.

Waiting to pick up the pieces are a pair of turnbacks, Love That Kelly and Myperfectvalentine.

Eighth race: The last time Hothersal returned from a lengthy layoff, he ran subsequent Grade 2 stakes winner Casino Host to a close decision; still, that was two winters ago.

Border Song, Cheyenne Nation, Film Shot, and Razorbill have the best recent form.

Ninth race: Anyone who makes it this far may lean heavily on Yo Blue, who swept three starts on Belmont’s inner turf at the spring meet and was just reclaimed by David Jacobson.

Ale and Logan Street are the most logical backups.