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Belmont Park: Centre Court will need her best for Just a Game Stakes
ELMONT, N.Y. – Centre Court has won races from a mile to 1 1/8 miles, but trainer Rusty Arnold would be hard-pressed to declare at which distance she is best.
“I need to know that, but I don’t,” Arnold said Monday. “This year, I’m going to know that for certain. She’s got a pretty good turn of foot when you need it at a mile.”
Given the quality of the field shaping up for Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Just a Game Stakes going a mile on turf at Belmont, Centre Court is going to need her very best turn of foot. Centre Court figures to be among the favorites in the Just a Game, a race that is expected to draw at least five Grade 1 winners and a pair of Grade 2 winners when entries are drawn and post positions assigned Wednesday.
Centre Court, a 4-year-old daughter of Smart Strike owned and bred by G. Watts Humphrey, captured her Grade 1 in the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland going 1 1/16 miles on April 13. It was her third consecutive win. She has 6 wins and 4 seconds from 10 starts on turf.
Arnold skipped the Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill on Derby Day to await this and said given the rain-softened condition of Churchill’s turf course, he wouldn’t have run anyway.
Centre Court, who was expected to ship to New York on Tuesday, worked a half-mile in 48 seconds Sunday over the synthetic main track at Keeneland.
“She’s really doing well,” Arnold said. “I think there are several fillies that seem to all look good in there.”
The other Grade 1 winners pointing to the Just a Game are Better Lucky, Dayatthespa, Mizdirection, and Stephanie’s Kitten. Hungry Island and the European import Laugh Out Loud have won Grade 2 stakes.
Blanket finish in this one. Center Court is very good but I'm not sure if one turn and a mile is her best game. And she doesn't rate much higher than this field numbers wise. Mizdirection? This is not a G2 or G3 in Cali let's put it that way. Better Lucky is very interesting and she'll probably offer a bit of a price.
Finally a Grade one race with more than one Grade one winner in it. That's our problem their not beating other Grade one Horses.
Mizdirection has developed into a freak ! She seems to know where the wire is and just gives enough to get it done . Can beat these connections, lets hope it stays dry for a fair race ! For you east coast players, this sprinter from California, "Let it Shine" is a rocket ship, fast or wet, this horse will be in front, how long? My $$$ will say, all the way to the "cashiers line " Good Luck everyone, lets knock them dead ! Does anyone like Orb ? I need help, please who is going to win the Belmont ?
Mizdirection beat all the boys at the Breeders Cup. Why wouldn't anyone think she can't beat these?? Gonna be 7/5 winner.
Centre Court is a beast. Hoping she handles the 1-turn well.
Weatherman says 70% Friday and 60% on Belmont Day. We're cursed!?!
i hope I can get at least 4 - 1 on misdirection. She always seems to find the wire.
Mizdirection has been phenomenal. Soft turf?
this field is Loaded
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