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Belmont Park: Clement aims to keep hot hand in Poker Stakes
By Dave Litfin
ELMONT, N.Y. – They say good things come in threes, so Christophe Clement’s bandwagon will be overflowing when he sends out Right One in the Grade 3, $150,000 Poker Stakes, the featured event on a 10-race Fourth of July program.
Clement has captured the last two graded turf stakes here, with Summer Front in the Hill Prince on June 16 and Mystical Star in last Saturday’s New York, and leads all trainers with 17 grass victories at the meet.
Right One, third in the 2011 Poker, has not won in nearly a year since taking the Jaipur and was second in that race in his return to Belmont last month.
“He had a good work [last week], and the horse is in good form, so hopefully we can turn the tables from the Jaipur,” assistant trainer Christophe Lorieul said. “The key with him is to track another horse for as long as possible and to make a move at the very last minute. He has a good turn of foot, but not a great turn of foot.”
Right One should get ample pace up front as El Commodore has not had a horse in front of him early in more than two years and 2011 Poker runner-up Yield Bogey led to the stretch of the Jaipur in his 8-year-old bow.
“He almost won this race last year,” trainer Pat Kelly said of Yield Bogey. “We didn’t get a prep before the Jaipur. He’s completely fit now.”
Compliance Officer, whose only loss from eight starts for Bruce Brown came in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, comes off a popular score in the Kingston first time out this season.
“This is kind of a lull in the New York-bred races, so this seemed like a good opportunity to see how he stacks up against open company,” Brown said. “He doesn’t know he’s a New York-bred.”
Brown also entered 2010 Delta Downs Jackpot winner Gourmet Dinner, who was off the board in the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup on June 16.
“He was very flat,” Brown said. “Maybe it was from racing at night or from shipping.”
Boots Ahead, Clear Attempt, Monument Hill, Queen’splatekitten, and Voodoo Storm also entered for turf.
Suburban rivals tune up
Stay Thirsty, To Honor and Serve, and Hymn Book are on a collision course for Saturday’s Grade 2 Suburban Handicap after posting sharp workouts Sunday.
Last year’s Travers winner, Stay Thirsty, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.05 on the main track under Javier Castellano.
“Both this work and the one before were like what we saw before the Travers,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “He’s in good form.”
Hymn Book (47.05 seconds, main track) and To Honor and Serve (47.56, training track) put in the morning’s second- and third-fastest half-mile drills on those surfaces.
Buffum, Mucho Macho Man, and Rogue Romance are likely Suburban starters as well.
The unbeaten Agave Kiss will be the one to catch and beat in the Grade 3 Victory Ride for 3-year-old fillies, a six-furlong race also to be run Saturday.
Aubby K, Emma’s Encore, Jamaican Smoke, Silverette, and Tu Endie Wei are probable starters.
Yield bogey+solo speed=gate to wire threat.
Greetings to all and God bless the USA. With the scratch of El Commodore, I like Yield Bogey with Edgar Prado to easily take the lead here, and hope he takes this race with a draw away move in the stretch.
The Poker Stakes has several entrants that look good, especially Compliance Offier, Right One, Clear Attempt and Voodoo Storm. Castellano, Rosario, Lezcano and Leparoux all have a good shot at this race. The odds will be inviting as well, a good betting race for sure. Good luck to all in today's race. I'm intrigued by the Suburban Handicap. To Honor and Serve, Hymn Book, Stay Thirsty, Rogue Romance, et. al., should put on a very good show for all of us. Another very good betting race, and potential for decent exotics. It's going to be an exciting race on all points. And good luck to Agave Kiss to extend her record in the Victory Ride Saturday afternoon. She's always fun to watch race.
I like Clear Attempt and Yield Bogey for this, liked the they both ran last races, value here. Putting Complacence Officer and Right One with them.Going to mix it up with exacta's and tri's
I agree Gee! my money goes to right one(9) on top of the1, 3,,10. I think right one is ready to roll 3rd race off layoff, hot trainer, loves the strip (2 for 4 n the money all 4 races). Not to mention he has raced against much better and getting the added distance today I hope to get at least 3-1 on him so folks don't bet him lol.
Alot of pace in here, Right One looks like the right one with Voodoo storm and compliance officer under.
exacta part wheel Clear Attempt w Right One and Compliance Officer. Reverse for half as much.
Belmont Park : 10th race M S W - 11 WINDAFULL . . . . I know many of people have Totally given up on this MSW runner . Rightly so , can not blame anyone for doing so ! I wouls seriously consider going one more extra mile ( $ WIN ) and hope nothing but Longshots come storming late to get into the Tri - Sup . I am expecting a Fabulous race out of WINDAFULL . Im just hoping for Fireworks to complete the Tri - Sup . Good Luck to all : Have A Great 4th of July
Im looking forward to this Poker Stakes race . VOODOO STORM has been looking better than ever leading up to this event . Has taken awhile to come around : but I believe the timing could not have been any bette . Has been a hand-full in the recent mornings - full of energy ! A great sign . Has been doing everything to perfection thru-out these last 5 days , and im thinking there is " One Huge Run " in the making here . With the right pace up front , that could be FIREWORKS in the making for many of the others as well as VOODOO STORM . I just think this race is " Perfect Timing " and I see this horse ( Drawing Away with Authority ) ! ( $ WIN ) 10 / ALL / ALL / 2 . . . . 10 / ALL / 9 / ALL . . . . 10 / ALL / ALL Tri !
This should be a great race - one of my favorites every year. While Yield Bogey has been very good to me over the years, and is a personal favorite, I really like Clear Attempt here. Mott's been going great, especially with Lezcano in the saddle. Clement's horse will be tough to beat, but CA should be a nice price.
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