Updated on 09/15/2011 2:05PM

Belmont Park analysis for 9/26





1. Salute Him 2. Vee Eye Pee 3. Lord Buckley

SALUTE HIM put in prolonged bid for the lead and settled for second when well clear of third-place finisher in debut at Calder; sharp local works in preparation for first try vs. New York breds. VEE EYE PEE buckjumped after his saddled slipped, and was eventually apprehended in the parking lot by an alert fan when last seen at the Spa; obvious threat off game pace duel for second on this track two back. LORD BUCKLEY contested the pace to midstretch and held second in an improved effort last time out; handles mud.


1. Letrado 2. Shift Right 3. Outta Print

LETRADO finished fifth of 12 on a sloppy track in his only previous dirt start at Bel, and galloped out with some interest past wire in that May 24 mile; back to main track, might be able to run these down. SHIFT RIGHT set the pace as even-money choice but was unable to stave off the 6-year-old maiden WHIFF in their Apr. 26 clash; might be able to turn the tables, seeing as Whiff wears two aluminum pads for rematch. OUTTA PRINT dueled for the lead to midstretch of lone fast-track route at Mth; bobbled at break in Bel mud off a layoff May 28.


1. SEEKING IT ALL (BEST BET) 2. Belongs Fast 3. Alylivia

SEEKING IT ALL met a very sharp rival in Textbook Method initial N2X try, then narrowly missed at odds-on when sent two turns in N.Y. Oaks; back to scene of lengthy entry-level allowance score June 29. BELONGS FAST was a two-time winner out of the chute at Bel spring meet; chased repeater Pahokee first time off claim. ALYLIVIA held stubbornly to be beaten less than a length by Belongs Fast when haltered by present connections July 20, but has shown little since then.


1. Count De Hesse 2. Circatwothousand 3. Unlaced Waters

COUNT DE HESSE has yet to catch a fast dirt track in three starts this year, but even slop might be okay judging from decent try for $75K here in mid-June; drops to $35K after improved show of speed in turf route. CIRCATWOTHOUSAND has been first or second in four of five starts since claimed at FG; shipper from high-volume outfit handles wet, fits well with the locals. UNLACED WATERS descends to claiming ranks for the first time, after third consecutive loss as favorite in entry-level allowance; bred to relish off going.


1. Just Flight 2. Rapid Raj 3. True Runner

JUST FLIGHT ducked out at the break to lose any realistic chance, but finished willingly after wide trip for third straight in-the-money finish at Spa; rates one more chance. RAPID RAJ stumbled badly at the start and was forced to go five wide on turn when favored from inside post last month, and now has to break from rail again; first-Lasix user set pace vs. Hopeful winner Came Home in Hol debut. TRUE RUNNER raced evenly when unveiled at LS; adds Lasix for top 2YO barn.


1. East Coast Country 2. Prado's Mystique 3. Getluckysometime

EAST COAST COUNTRY has been in the exacta 19 of 25 trips, loves it wet, and was able to win from rail out of Sar chute off similar spacing between starts Aug. 6; entrymate BETTY'S HAT emerges from Pa-bred stake win at Pha, and two back ran GETLUCKYSOMETIME to a neck decision. PRADO'S MYSTIQUE goes turf to dirt first time off claim by Violette, who took this mare himself; has held the lead at some point in four of her last five outings. GETLUCKYSOMETIME had tough trip when four wide clubhouse turn Aug. 5, and then rebounded to win off the claim when turned back to 7fs two weeks later; pace factor along with DELTA QUICK.


1. Icebreaker 2. Bonus Pay Day 3. Max Patch

ICEBREAKER was further back than usual after being bumped around at break of Sept. 3 return, and it didn't help that he was in against Dixie Two Thousand, who improved to 5-for-5 lifetime after winning again at Bel last week; first time for tag. BONUS PAY DAY forced hot pace, edged clear midstretch and was run down in final yards by favored Luft in game attempt Aug. 18; appears quick enough to grab early lead in this match-up. MAX PATCH has been quite consistent this year, finishing in the money all nine starts; note, however, that he hasn't done quite as well when it's wet.


1. Autumn Rhythm 2. Diversa 3. Cozzy Corner

Reasons to like the well-connected AUTUMN RHYTHM despite her lack of seasoning: Frankel is hot, and does well with first-time imports; she also gets Lasix, was well bet in both starts overseas, and has experience with "off" turf. DIVERSA finished resolutely for second when favored for lone turf try back in June at Mth; Busanda and Busher winner becomes the selection if race is switched to dirt. COZZY CORNER was beaten by PLATINUM TIARA in the Lake Placid, but rebounded to win $75K stake at Med with Lasix added last time out, and has trained nicely in the ensuing three weeks; also handles mud.


1. Bensonhurst's Best 2. T.V. Secretary 3. Final Dispersal

BENSONHURST'S BEST is well suited to the surface (2-for-3) whether it's fast or wet, and turns back to preferred distance after a turf route and a wide trip going two turns on dirt; may also have a class edge initial try at this level. T.V. SECRETARY ran two big races off the bench at Mth, and may have "bounced" first time off the claim by Klesaris; candidate to rebound. FINAL DISPERSAL ran very well in her first four starts, but then stopped badly after stumbling at break Feb. 11 and has been on the shelf ever since; must be observed in post parade & warm-ups, and it would be a surprise if Stevens actually rode her.