10/28/2011 4:00PM

Belmont Park: Four overnight stakes on closing-day card


ELMONT, N.Y. – The stakes action comes early and often Sunday, with four $60,000 overnight events helping to close out the 37-day fall meet.

The 1 p.m. opener is the Middle Stage scheduled for the Widener turf at 1 1/16 miles. Eight 3-year-old fillies entered for turf, headed by Good Karma, who makes her U.S. debut for Christophe Clement.

Good Karma won or placed in all seven starts as a 2-year-old in her native Italy, and won one of four starts there during the first half of 2011. Her best performance, however, was a runner-up finish in the Group 2 Oaks d’Italia, which she led for nine furlongs before being run down by Danedream, who subsequently won three more stakes including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The other Italian import in the field is Master Shade, now based at Fair Hill for Team Valor International and Graham Motion. She also won on soft turf at San Siro as a juvenile, and has won two allowance races from three turf starts in the U.S. this year.

Clement also entered Naples Bay, who has been idle three months since running third in the Dauphin Miss Stakes on soft turf at Penn National.

Also entered for turf were Decennial, Fire Assay, Font, Mount Holiday, and Puzzling.

The last seven races on the card are all for 2-year-olds, including three stakes: the Lord Henribee and Tina Tina Too, a pair of six-furlong dirt sprints; and the Smilin’ Sera, scheduled for the Widener turf at a mile.

Out-of-town invaders are the majority in both dirt sprints: Four of seven colts and geldings in the Lord Henribee ship in from Finger Lakes, Laurel Park, Parx Racing, and Woodbine, and they all figure to take some money. Indeed, the morning-line favorite is Glib, who has won both of his starts by open lengths including a romp in the Maryland Million Nursery. The second choice is Il Villano, who beat maidens under wraps at Parx second time out.

Among the locals, Hannibal Lecter will be first-time Lasix after running fifth in the Nashua for John Toscano.

Five of seven fillies in the Tina Tina Too are based at Delaware, Laurel, or Monmouth, among them Lulu Wong, a $100,000 April purchase who is the morning-line choice after a lengthy maiden score second time out for Steve Hobby.

Well Kept, an easy maiden winner for Leah Gyarmati earlier at the meet, and Select Cat, who dueled through a fast pace in the Tempted, are the local hopes.

Royal Bonnie, who was disqualified from second to fourth in the Miss Grillo on soft turf last out, may go favored in the Smilin’ Sera for George Weaver.

Bourbonstreetgirl, bothered by Royal Bonnie and moved up to third in the Miss Grillo, breaks from the rail.

Crazy Party and St Pancras, Saratoga maiden winners with identical Beyer Figures, but then off the board in the P.G. Johnson and Natalma respectively, are uncoupled for Todd Pletcher.

Colormesaichi, Salsa Mambo, Take It Inside, and Wholelottashakin also entered for turf.