Updated on 09/05/2013 5:49PM

Belmont Park: Bowling Green puts Boisterous back on favorite turf course


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ELMONT, N.Y. – As hard as it may seem to believe, not everybody enjoys Saratoga.

Based on two poor performances in the Sword Dancer Invitational sandwiched around a poor effort in last year’s Arlington Million after training in Saratoga, trainer Shug McGaughey has deduced that Boisterous is not a fan of the Spa.

At Belmont Park, however, Boisterous is a terror, winning 6 of 9 career starts, including the Grade 1 Man o’ War here in July. Saturday, following the summer season at Saratoga, racing returns to Belmont Park, where Boisterous will be heavily favored to win the Grade 2, $200,000 Bowling Green Handicap, the featured event on the 10-race opening-day card.

Boisterous will meet only five rivals in the Bowling Green, scheduled for 1 1/4 miles over the inner turf course.

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After winning the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes in June and the Man o’ War in July, Boisterous was the 9-5 favorite in a field of 12 in the Sword Dancer on Aug. 17. He finished eighth, beaten 7 1/4 lengths by Big Blue Kitten, whom he defeated in the Monmouth Stakes. McGaughey shipped Boisterous back to Belmont almost immediately.

“Complete turnaround,” McGaughey said. “I wasn’t pleased with the way he was training [in Saratoga]. Hopefully, he’ll run good in the Bowling Green. If he doesn’t, then that throws my whole theory out the window.”

John Velazquez is named to ride Boisterous from the rail under high weight of 122 pounds.

There is little to no early speed in the Bowling Green. Stretching out to 1 1/4 miles off a one-mile allowance win last month, Farhaan could be the one to set the early pace in the Bowling Green.

Away from the races for a year due to bone bruising, Farhaan won a second-level allowance race by a nose from off the pace at Saratoga on Aug. 15.

“He just was slow to get going out of the gate last time. He will probably break a lot better this time,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Thursday morning at Belmont. “He’s easy to ride. I think he could be forwardly placed.”

Junior Alvarado rides Farhaan from post 5.

Hyper, the second choice at 5-2 on the morning line, comes off a win in the restricted John’s Call Stakes going 1 5/8 miles at Saratoga.

Three starts back, at Belmont Park, Hyper finished second to Teaks North in a 1 1/4-mile overnight stakes in which Hyper had a difficult trip in the stretch. He came back to run second to upset winner London Lane in the Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs with a six-wide trip.

London Lane ran sixth at 40-1 in the Sword Dancer and is back in this spot with Jose Ortiz replacing Horacio Karamanos.

Quick Casablanca, third in the John’s Call, and Finnegans Wake, fourth in the Manhattan, Man o’ War, and Arlington Million in his last three starts, complete the field.

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the Bowling Green is a Grade 3 race. It is a Grade 2.

zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
Crappy field for a 250K race. I'd normally look at Finnegan's Wake, but if you're going to be that bad for over a year you should have a 20/1 ML for a 250K race; not 4/1.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
If you don't have London Lane in the trifecta you might not cash the ticket.
ashley_jessica1 More than 1 year ago
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Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Look for Boisterous to rebound in a big way today, his last was a little disappointing and lets hope he's not heading in the wrong direction. I for one will back him again and look forward to another impressive showing.
Fabian Starbuck More than 1 year ago
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Fabian Starbuck More than 1 year ago
Why are you on a drf chat site..who cares about her car..she should teach you to read.this is not about mommies new car..Really read a book.
Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
Farhaan could pull a Alpha in this race. Love the 12 to 1 odds. Great trainer Great owner. Never under estimate The Boys From Dubai.
Perl More than 1 year ago
You are kind of a broken record with Godolphin. Are they basically an automatic bet for you no matter what they put in the starting gate?
Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
Yes I am very bias in betting the Dubai horses but usually I will only bet them if they are 10, 15, 20 to 1 or better. In America a lot of times they are overlooked and you will get great odds. I also bet the Boys from Ireland the Coolmore Boys. also at long odds. As you already know these are the two best outfits in the world. I hope what I say makes sense but I believe people are afraid to bet a 15 or 20 to 1 shot. People have mental and psychological hang ups in betting, they listen to the crowd , to the experts, they look at the tote see what other people are doing. The morning line has guite a effect on the average bettor. It is a measuring stick that everyone can see. One should not be afraid of a high morning line. Good luck on your bets this year. Also if you like stayers watch the Melbourne Cup the first Tuesday of November.
ray johns More than 1 year ago
Never underestimate 'Shug' McGaughey!
Fabian Starbuck More than 1 year ago
not this time. there turf horse come here. when they can not cut it across the pond..