07/15/2010 2:42PM

Formidable returns to turf for Jaipur at Belmont Park


ELMONT, N.Y. – Formidable switches back to the turf for Hall of Famer trainer Allen Jerkens in the Grade 3, $200,000 Jaipur Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park. The six-furlong Jaipur is the final stakes of the meet that concludes Sunday.

Most recently, Formidable ran fourth to Bribon in Belmont’s Grade 2 True North Handicap. The prior two races were his first attempts on grass, and the two five-furlong efforts were encouraging. Formidable took a money-allowance at Gulfstream before rallying to miss by one length in the Grade 3 Turf Sprint Stakes at Churchill Downs.

“We think he might be a little bit better on the turf,” said Jerkens. “His last race was pretty good. He moved a little quick.”

Stradivinsky comes into the Jaipur on a three-race winning streak. A 7-year-old winner of 12 races, Stradivinsky was claimed for $50,000 last time out by trainer Rick Dutrow at Churchill Downs.

Yield Bogey is the only returning runner from last year’s Jaipur. He finished fifth to Silver Timber in a race that went in 1:07.60 on firm turf.

“They ran very fast last year,” trainer Pat Kelly said. “Hopefully, they won’t run as fast this year.”

A 6-year-old gelding, Yield Bogey will make his third start of the season. After running seventh on May 30, Yield Bogey snapped back on June 25 to get up by a half-length at 18-1. His Beyer Speed Figure checked in at 95, one of Yield Bogey’s best career efforts.

Yield Bogey’s Beyer pattern bears watching. Every time he has topped 90 recently, Yield Bogey has delivered another 90-plus performance in his next outing. If that holds, Yield Bogey will be a major factor in the Jaipur.

“We’ve got to get the consistency level up,” Kelly said. “He should be pretty good this time. He actually got a vacation this last winter. He was here the all the winter before. Right now, he should be rounding into form. We were very happy with him the other day.”

Like Stradivinsky, Dubai Rainbow will be running out of a new barn. A 4-year-old gelding, Dubai Rainbow makes his stakes debut following a trainer switch from Mike Hushion to Kiaran McLaughlin.

Escrow Kid will need a straighter and cleaner trip. He ducked out at the sixteenth pole last time at Monmouth Park and it proved costly as he was disqualified from the win in the Anderson Fowler Stakes and placed sixth.