Updated on 07/04/2011 9:35AM

Breeders' Cup qualifiers highlight slate


Sunday: Big day at Belmont

East Coast racing takes the stage on Sunday with four graded stakes at Belmont. Steve Klein says it's an eminently playable card, with contenders worth keying in exotics in the first three:

1) Race 4, Grade 2, $150,000 Futurity (6 furlongs)
"I'll play an exacta using Getupwiththesun over Tarpy's Goal for two-thirds of my bet, with one-third on a reverse exacta using Tarpy's Goal over Getupwiththesun, with the idea that Getupwiththesun might possibly regress after the big win, and/or Tarpy's Goal might improve with experience and run a big race." David Grening: Futurity looks like right spot for Tarpy's Goal

2) Race 8, Grade 2, $150,000 Matron (6 furlongs)
"Born Bullish debuted at Belmont. She broke sixth in that seven-horse field, moved into contention, took the lead on the turn with no urging, then increased her advantage to nine lengths at the finish of that 5 1/2-furlong race. Her 69 Beyer is the lowest of the three contenders, but she impressed me enough visually to make me give her the call as my second horse in a cold exacta beneath Defy Gravity." Belmont Park: Defy Gravity shoots for stakes in Matron

3) Race 9, Grade 3, $150,000 Bed o' Roses (7 furlongs)
"Curlina finished second behind her as a 29-1 longshot last time in the Vagrancy, but that was an uncharacteristically strong performance. I'll pass on her, and use two others in the exacta. Christine Daae was a comfortable four-length winner in a second-level $62,500 optional claiming race when she returned from an 8 1/2-month layoff, and can improve in the second race of her form cycle. Tamarind Hall, who has been improving steadily, might be the betting value. I'll use both of them beneath Hilda's Passion in the exacta." Belmont Park: Hilda's Passion stays home for Bed o' Roses

Down at Monmouth, the Sunday feature is the Jersey Shore (Grade 3, $150,000) stakes for 3-year-olds, with live video of the full card on DRF.com. Flashpoint makes his return to sprinting after a run at the Kentucky Derby trail. Mike Farrell: Flashpoint returns to sprinting in Jersey Shore

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