07/06/2012 3:46PM

Belmont Park: Tamarind Hall returns to site of her biggest victory


ELMONT, N.Y. – Tamarind Hall returns to the site of her biggest career victory Sunday when she runs in the $85,000 Chaldea Stakes at Belmont Park.

On July 3, 2011, Tamarind Hall rolled to a 5 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap here at odds of 15-1. She would finish third in the Ballerina and second in the Gallant Bloom before running 10th in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

She went through the auction ring in November and was purchased privately by R.J. and Kelcey Roberts and turned over to trainer David Fawkes.

Tamarind Hall raced twice at Calder, finishing fourth in an allowance race and fifth in the U Can Do It Handicap.

“I thought the filly would just gallop in that race,” Fawkes said, of the U Can Do It. “I don’t know if it was because she was buried inside or if she didn’t like the track, but she just didn’t fire. She seems like one of those who has to have her track with her. Numbers-wise, she definitely moves up at Belmont Park.”

Fawkes transferred Tamarind Hall to Monmouth since her June 9 race at Calder and she has put in two solid workouts for this spot. Joel Rosario rides from post 2.

Risky Rachel is another who has done her best work over Belmont’s main track. She is 3 for 4 at Belmont including a trio of New York-bred stakes victories.

Her connections tried her on the turf in her last start and she finished last in the Mt. Vernon on May 27. Cornelio Velasquez rides from post 3.

Kid Kate makes her second start off a layoff following a fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Vagrancy here on June 2. Trainer Chad Brown believes that this race might be a little short for Kid Kate but also that there is enough pace in here to aid his filly’s cause.

Jose Lezcano rides Kid Kate from post 6.

Bessie M, Roman Treasure, Devilish Spirit, and the coupled entry of Elle Special and Street Mate complete the field.

Street Life likely for Curlin

Trainer Chad Brown said he is leaning toward running Belmont Stakes fourth-place finisher Street Life in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga on July 27, though he hasn’t ruled out the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes the following day.

Brown feels that taking a step out of graded competition for a race might help Street Life for his summer objective, which is the Travers on Aug. 25. “It never hurts to cut them back,” said Brown, adding that the Curlin “would be my first choice. I wouldn’t rule out the Jim Dandy, especially if the supporting cast around Paynter is suspect.”

On Friday, Street Life worked five furlongs in 1:02.43 in company with Escape Artist. A week ago, he worked five furlongs in 59.61 seconds in company with a different horse.

“He worked a little faster last week than I would have liked,” Brown said. “His workmate broke off a little fast and the whole tempo of the work was fast right from the start. Today, we switched workmates and had a steadier work with a better gallop out.”

Banimpire has throat issue

Banimpire, who finished fifth as the favorite in the New York on June 30, came out of the race with a throat issue, according to Brown.

Brown said Banimpire would be sent Monday to the New Jersey Equine Clinic in Millstone Township, N.J. to be evaluated. “It’s a compromising problem that she developed, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a long-term problem,” Brown said. “Dr. Scott Palmer is a world-class surgeon, and he’s done a lot of things for me.”

Brown said he hoped Banimpire could be back in training in the fall.

Broadway’s Alibi gets vacation

Trainer Todd Pletcher said Broadway’s Alibi, the multiple graded stakes winner and Kentucky Oaks runner-up, is getting a two-month vacation in Ocala, Fla., and likely won’t run again until the Gulfstream meeting.

Broadway’s Alibi, who won the Forward Gal at Gulfstream and the Comely at Aqueduct, finished second to Believe You Can in the Kentucky Oaks. She was never quite the same afterward and the decision was made to skip the Mother Goose and give her a break.

“Nothing surgical, just needed some time,” Pletcher said. “She’d be back in training end of August, first of September. We know she loves Gulfstream. They’ve got a nice series of races there.”

Pletcher said that Gemologist, the Wood Memorial winner, remains on schedule for the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on July 28.

On Monday, he worked five furlongs in 1:04.88 at Saratoga, his second work since recovering from a foot injury that kept him out of the Belmont Stakes.

◗ Kevin “The Cowboy” Cox is the agent for Ray Ganpath, who has recently moved his tack back to New York. Ganpath rode 22 winners at Mountaineer this year.