07/02/2012 1:49PM

Belmont Park: Clement aims to keep hot hand in Poker Stakes

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Tom Keyser
Right One will be looking to rebound in Wednesday's Grade 3, $150,000 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park.

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.

prlyr4lyf More than 1 year ago
Yield bogey+solo speed=gate to wire threat.
Milton Malla More than 1 year ago
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.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
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.
Phil D More than 1 year ago
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
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
GREAT CALL ! You did well ! I never thought the pace of that race would be so slow early . I really thought they would be blazen up front . In fact - I think Leparoux thought the same as well . Again : great call ! I had no - chance in my prediction with a pace that slow . I was not counting on that to happen . I Hope Ya Cleaned House . That race will pay very good
Phil D More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the kind comments, i made a little over $50.00 in bets and walked out with close to $400.00. Yeah sometimes i get a race right once in a blue moon, stay well, have a happy 4th!
denali1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Gee More than 1 year ago
Alot of pace in here, Right One looks like the right one with Voodoo storm and compliance officer under.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
exacta part wheel Clear Attempt w Right One and Compliance Officer. Reverse for half as much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
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
denali1 More than 1 year ago
Mr Rutherford i would like to apologize on my part when not taking you seriously as a horse player and making bets on horses you love in certain races. Its obviously you know the game and seem like a true gentleman. I myself have been around horses all my life being a owner, breeder, trainer of champion show horses. I have never owned a race horse but know a good horse when i see one. Keep on doing what you do its a pleasure to read up on your blogs here on drf.
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
denali1 : were ok ! Apologee excepted . I dont et caught up into other people ranking me - trash talking me - or saying that im this or that . Im not saying you have - im just saying in the norm , others have been that way towards me . Which is ok by me by all means - because I put myself out there - for any type of remarks - good or bad . I have many great people that contact me thru ( drutherford24@hotmil.com ) reguarding certain races coming up - and my Input if I may have any . Many people dont like my type of wagering style in the Triecta and Superfecta - but as for myself - it works well for myself thru the year . Just like at Arlington Park back on June 30th in the 9th race : This was a colt that I had been talking about thru my email sight for nearly a month ( 1 ) ESOTERIC a colt trained by Wayne Catalpo and own by Marablue Farms . I was saying that this colt was looking outstanding - doing absolutely awesome in the mornings , just ready to Break Thru the Maiden Claiming rankings TURF hopefully ! On June 29th - I had posted on my email sight that race that I would Forward to my viewer listeners of racing friends . I had this posted : $ WIN / $ PLACE ( 1 ) ........... $ EX ( 1 - 8 ) $ EX ( 1 - ALL ) $ TRI ( 1 - 8 - ALL ) $ TRI ( 1 - ALL - 8 ) $ TRI ( 1 - ALL - ALL ) $ SUP ( 1 - ALL - 8 - ALL ) $ SUP ( 1 - ALL - ALL - 8 ) ......................... Even though this colt WON and only Paid 8 . 20 - 5 . 20 - 4 . 60 Odds of 3 - 1 ! Many of many viewers did NOT WAGER the Superfecta wagers due to the cost . Just the EX - TRI ! I kinda felt sad in a way because those people went so far , yet fail short of collecting a huge ticket . But in all Honesty - we as betters Do Not Truly Know what the out-come will be . Only guessing . I actually like my way of playing a race . It may cost alot at times - but I dont play every day . So , I play the races that I feel GOOD about . I rally like 2 yr old M S W races and 3 yr old M S W races the best of all - then Maiden Claimng ! So much inside the stable information is KEY to these young colts - even though so Unpredictible . But that is where I shine the most when it comes to I R S tickets . TURF races are too my liking ! I hope you have a Glorious 4th of July , and Good Luck at the races ! You and I are OK ! I can handle the heat . You honestly was not bad .
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
I am so Greatfull and Thankfull that WINDAFULL pulled thru for me in that M S W Turf race . I had WINDAFULL coverd very well . Though I wager alot . I has wager alot just on the WIN ticket . I had the 2 and the 5 like I was hoping for as Longshots to come into the TRI and SUP . I had wager ( 11 - ALL - 2 - ALL ) ( 11 - ALL - ALL - 2 ) and ( 11 - ALL - 5 - ALL ) ( 11 - ALL - ALL - 5 ) $ EX ( 11 - 5 ) ( 11 - 2 ) $ TRI ( 11 - ALL - 5 ) ( 11 - ALL - 2 ) ......................... I know my way of wagering looks really foolish - like throwing away money ! But when I really like a race : I go all out . Sometimes even like a ( 11 - ALL - ALL ) TRI and ( 11 - ALL - ALL - ALL ) SUP .............................. denali1 : I hope you and I can continue having a very respectfull friendship . No - Hard - Feeling
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
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 !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That's way too many 'ALLs' for me.
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
Yes : I have to agree with you . For the most part . But when it comes to really liking ( 2 horses ) in a race - Why Risk It ! I have been on that losing side One Too Many Times saying to myself WOULDA - COULDA - SHOULDA - DIDA - NOTTA ! And the race payed great . So any more - im pretty much an ( ALL - IN ) type of guy . What I do is : I Add Up What My Total Cost Is For My ( EX - TRI - SUP ) tickets ................. then I will see how much I need to wager ( WIN - PLACE ) to Break - Even IF My ( EX - TRI - SUP ) Does Not Come Thru and Yet my main PICK does WI or PLACE . Sounds complicated - But its a Smart way to go about wagering ( IF YA ONLY HAVE A RACE or TWO )
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
Many people will totally dis-agree with my wager ways , but thats alright by me . I have done so well by doing things this way . And actually - a great way of Cashing in on a Big Pay-offrace - IF - it happens to go that way . Its just my way - thats all . I do agree with you 100% ................. there are always 10 cent Superfectas to where it makes it a safer way - if it happens not to come in .
Gee More than 1 year ago
The way belmont is playing the more ALL's the better..
Joe Tartaglia More than 1 year ago
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.
william beckmann More than 1 year ago
I agree that the price will be right on Clear Attempt and he should get a decent pace to close into. The mile should fit him well also, just have to hope Lezcano can find room to run in the lane because I don't think the horse is good enough to overcome trouble and still be able to win.
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
You was Right On The Mark J T ! You had a fabulous hit n pick . I was totally . I was actually hoping for a fast rapid pace up front . The pace was just way too slow . I knew my picks - wagers were in trouble after the first oening quarter . Leparoux even came back saying what a slow pace . But those jockeys are to ADJUST and I will make " NO EXCUSSES " for my loses . They are what they are . Ya just Regroup - like I did with WINDAFULL . I feel blessed to have come out On Top after todays two races . Wowwwwww - your pick paid well to WIN - happy for ya . One Thing about horse racing that I always tell people ( #1 ) Never Wager what ya Can Not Afford To Lose ( #2 ) AlwaysWager on your own decision 1st - thenmaybe do others - but never go away from your own . CONGRATSSSSSSSSS J T