Nick Shiambouros returns with two selections from the outstanding Belmont Park card...
"He has loads of talent, and a reproduction of his best effort would see him go close"
Back Firenze Fire Race 9 at BSP in the 22:36 at Belmont Park
Race 7 21:32 Belmont Park - Come Dancing
Come Dancing looks like the horse to beat in this fascinating Grade 3 on the main track.
This smart mare finished down the field in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park in April. She was forwardly placed in the early stages, but weakened quickly when popped the question. This was her first race in five months, and ran as if she needed it.
She has some outstanding form in the book, notably when winning the Grade 1 Ballerina over this course last year. Her work tab has been stellar, posting two bullet works in the space of a week. I think she will bounce back to form, and should be backed at around 3.02/1 on the exchange.
Firenze to Fire
Race 9 22:36 Belmont Park - Firenze Fire
I am going to side with Firenze Fire in this Grade 2 on the main track.
This talented five-year-old was a no show behind the brilliant Vekoma in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap. He was floated five wide on the turn, and weakened quickly when the pace lifted. He contested most of the Grade 1 sprints last year, and came within a whisker of overhauling Imperial Hint in the Vosburgh.
He has loads of talent, and a reproduction of his best effort would see him go close. Regular rider Irad Ortiz takes over from Manny Franco, and I am expecting a big effort. At present he is trading at 3.55 on the exchange, but BSP is recommended.