06/10/2013 12:20PM

Belmont Park: Statebred fillies meet in allowance feature


ELMONT, N.Y. – With the Belmont Stakes in the rearview mirror, the countdown to opening day at Saratoga begins for followers of this circuit. For the record, including Wednesday, there are 24 racing days remaining at Belmont Park before the action shifts upstate for seven weeks.

There figures to be more appealing offerings than Wednesday’s nine-race card, one topped by a $57,000 first-level New York-bred allowance at six furlongs that drew a field of 10 fillies and mares.

It is a contentious race, with the focus of handicappers likely falling to debut winners Irish Whisper and Clean Eleven, the returning Divadora, and White Crane.

Irish Whisper, a 3-year-old daughter of Langfuhr, emerged from between horses to win her debut by 3 1/2 lengths here on May 5 for trainer Jeremiah Englehart.

“In watching the race, I’m thinking she’s not going to like this being in between horses,” Englehart said, noting that when jockey Irad Ortiz asked the horse for more run, “she responded and did it the way she was supposed to. I thought she’d show more speed than she did. She’s rateable and did everything nice.”

Englehart said this race was originally scheduled for last Friday, but was not carded. Ortiz will ride Irish Whisper from post 8.

Clean Eleven, a 3-year-old daughter of Officer, won a maiden $50,000 claiming race on May 12, but her effort that day makes her fit with these.

“Her debut was good. I really liked her race, and she’s trained well since the race,” said trainer Chad Brown, who has Javier Castellano up from post 7.

Divadora, a 4-year-old daughter of Pleasantly Perfect, has not been out since last October, when she finished 11th in the Ticonderoga Stakes run over yielding turf. Before that, she won a six-furlong maiden race in the mud here by 2 1/2 lengths.

Trainer James Lawrence said Divadora needed to have her ankles “cleaned up” following the Ticonderoga, and she has come back with a couple of solid works.

Lawrence said he was particularly impressed with a five-furlong work time in 1:00.20 at the Fair Hill training center on May 30 in which Divadora galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.

“That was a real good move,” Lawrence said. “You never know how things will go off the layoff, but I think it’s a good spot that should set her up for her next outing.”

White Crane, beaten less than a length in two tries at this condition, is another deserving of a long look. Make the Moment comes off a four-length win in a starter allowance here on May 26.

Rudy Rodriguez sends out the uncoupled entry of Easy Ending, a four-time winner being offered for the $14,000 claiming price, and Pop Pop’s Smyle, second twice at this level over Aqueduct’s inner track.