09/19/2013 4:04PM

Belmont Park: Who's to Pay edge to Tetradrachm


ELMONT, N.Y. – When Paris Vegas and Tetradrachm finished second and third in last month’s Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, the soft ground may have helped the former while inhibiting the latter.

Saturday, those two head a field of nine entered in the $100,000 Who’s to Pay Stakes at Belmont Park, where the turf figures to be a bit firmer than it was in Saratoga, giving Tetradrachm the ability to turn the tables.

Prior to the Bernard Baruch, Tetradrachm won a third-level allowance race by three lengths over next-out winner Set the Sail over firm Saratoga turf.

“If he gets firm ground it’s going to be better for him,” said Bill Mott, trainer of Tetradrachm.

Tetradrachm, who will be ridden by Phil Teator, will have to run down Plainview, the in-form pacesetter for trainer Greg DiPrima. Plainview has won six of 10 starts since being claimed by DiPrima for $25,000 in May 2012. He is 3 for 6 at Belmont and is coming off a pair of wins at Saratoga.

Bad Debt has never been worse than third in five starts at Belmont and is coming off a head loss in the Armed Forces Stakes at Gulfstream Park in July.

Completing the field are Big Screen, third in the Grade 3 Poker here in July, Sky Venture, Keep Up, and Nine O Wonderful.

Casiguapo sharp in drill

Casiguapo, runner-up to Strong Mandate in the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga on closing day, worked a sharp five furlongs in 1:00.17 Thursday morning over Belmont Park’s main track as he prepares for the Grade 1 Champagne here on Oct. 5.

With jockey Luis Saez in the irons, Casiguapo went his first quarter in 24.61 seconds and his last quarter in 23.95 while galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.07, seven furlongs in 1:26.66, and a mile in 1:41.25.

Trainer Mario Morales called the work “easy, in hand” and said Saez told him he was very happy with the move. Morales said that Casiguapo would blow out from the gate in his next work.

Jorge Wagner, who owns Casiguapo, said Saez told him that Casiguapo didn’t like the sloppy Saratoga track the day he finished 9 3/4 lengths behind Strong Mandate in the Hopeful. Prior to that race, Casiguapo, a son of Sightseeing, won a maiden race by 11 lengths at Calder.

Wagner said that if Casiguapo wins the Champagne or runs a good second he would consider making him eligible for the Breeders’ Cup. He is not currently Breeders’ Cup nominated.

Gustavian wins Lonesome Glory

A year after winning a novice steeplechase stakes at Belmont Park, Gustavian returned here Thursday to win the Grade 1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory Stakes by a nose over tough-luck All Together.

Gustavian, who raced a close-up third under Paddy Young, trailed All Together at the midstretch marker, but took the final fence much better than All Together, who stumbled over the last jump. Gustavian then outsprinted All Together to the wire.

“I think we benefitted a little when [All Together] stumbled on landing,” said Leslie Young, trainer of Gustavian. “Gustavian likes a fight at the finish, he likes to aim at something. He dueled throughout the stretch and thank God his nose was longer than [All Together’s].”

Gustavian, a 6-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway out of the Grade 1-winning mare Mossflower, ran 2 1/2 miles in 4:35.92 and returned $9.70 to win.

Last year, Gustavian won the $75,000 William Entenmann Memorial here. The renewal of that race, also held Thursday, was won by Staying On, an 8-year-old gelding who had won just once in seven prior steeplechase tries.

Under Jeff Murphy, Staying On outfinished Powerofone by three-quarters of a length. Powerofone was part of the 1-2 favored entry along with Martini Brother, the New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase winner, who finished sixth.

Staying On returned $29.40 after running 2 1/4 miles in 4:15.47.

Readtheprospectus wins return

Readtheprospectus, sidelined since June 1 due to quarter crack issues, returned to the races a winner, rallying from off the pace over the speed-favoring main track to win the $100,000 Spite the Devil Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Spa City Fever.

It was the seventh consecutive victory for Readtheprospectus, a 4-year-old gelding by Read the Footnotes owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence and trained by Chad Brown.

“He’s such a classy, professional horse,” said Cherie DeVaux, assistant trainer to Brown. “Had me worried at the quarter pole when he’s trying to keep up because the speed is holding. He knows what he’s supposed to do.”

DeVaux said that Readtheprospectus will be pointed to the $250,000 Empire Classic here on Oct. 19.

Readtheprospectus, under Junior Alvarado, covered the mile in 1:36.63 and returned $3.90 as the favorite.

Earlier on the card, Alvarado guided Roman Invader ($25.80) to a front-running 1 1/4-length upset of the Brown-trained 1-5 favorite Street Secret in the $100,000 Parlo Stakes.

Roman Invader, a 6-year-old daughter of Roman Ruler trained by David Jacobson, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.65.

Beyer, Crist to hold seminar

Prominent handicappers and authors Andrew Beyer and Steven Crist will conduct a 90-minute handicapping seminar from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the North Shore Terrace at Belmont Park.

During the first hour, Beyer and Crist will discuss a wide range of topics, including their respective introductions to Thoroughbred racing, how handicapping has changed over the years, and what horseplayers can do to maximize their success. The final half hour will be an informal session when attendees can engage Crist and Beyer in casual conversation.

Fans can register for the seminar at nyra.com.