10/22/2009 11:00PM

Juveniles get four stakes shots at Belmont


ELMONT, N.Y. - Seven of the nine races on Sunday's closing-day card at Belmont Park are for 2-year-olds, including four stakes.

The $65,000 Bold Lad Stakes for males, which goes as the third, features an interesting matchup between Westover Wildcat and Economic Swoon going six furlongs.

Westover Wildcat won a maiden race by two lengths on opening day at Saratoga before running fifth to Dublin in the Grade 1 Hopeful going seven furlongs on closing day.

"We learned in the Hopeful that Westover Wildcat is better suited to six-furlong races," said trainer Tony Dutrow, who is 9 for 21 at this meet. "This will be his fourth start as a 2-year-old and we felt that would be enough."

Economic Swoon won a maiden race by a half-length on closing day at Saratoga in his debut, and trainer Rick Violette has had a hard time finding a spot for him ever since. He had him entered in a race at Philadelphia Park on Saturday, but will stay here.

"He got off a step slow, there were horses in front of him, he took some dirt," Violette said of Economic Swoon's debut. "I hate it when they just blast off, especially in their first start. Alan [Garcia] did a great job riding him and not just beating the latch."

Trainer Todd Pletcher has sent out 14 2-year-old winners of the meet, including Female Drama, who won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race on Sept. 27 by three lengths. She heads a field of seven in the $65,000 Wings of Jove Stakes for juvenile fillies, also at six furlongs.

"She showed a little more speed than we thought she would," Pletcher said. "She's adaptable to any pace scenario."

Forty Moons, who won her debut by 10 lengths for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, is the major threat.

Pletcher will also be represented in a pair of 2-year-old stakes scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf. In the $65,000 Giant Mood for fillies, Pletcher sends out the sharp maiden winner Caminadora against multiple winner Smooth Talking.

In the $65,000 Vision Stakes for colts and geldings, Pletcher sends out Zapster, a front-running maiden winner here on Oct. 8. Other contenders include Mr. Vegas, a sharp debut winner at Saratoga sprinting on turf, Krypton, and Shrimp Dancer.