Nick Shiambouros is back with two selections from the Thursday card at Belmont Park...
"Clement boasts an impressive 29% strike rate with runners dropping from Maiden Special Weight to maiden claiming"
Back Saratoga Love Race 5 at 4.03/1 in the 20:27 at Belmont Park
I Love Saratoga
Race 5 20:27 Belmont Park - Saratoga Love
Saratoga Love should open her account in this State bred $40k maiden claimer on the inner turf course.
This filly was not disgraced when finishing down the field in a Maiden Special Weight earlier this month. She had a chance turning for home, but faded when the pace lifted. She ran as if she needed the run, and should strip fitter today. Trainer Christophe Clement drops her in class, and an improved effort is expected. Clement boasts an impressive 29% strike rate with runners dropping from Maiden Special Weight to maiden claiming. Anything around her Morning Line of 3/1 will do.
Casino the real deal
Race 8 22:04 Belmont Park - Casino Grande
Casino Grande should go close in this Stakes race named after the great Easy Goer.
This colt is unbeaten in two starts this year. On his latest start at Gulfstream Park he was most impressive when disposing of a field of $75k optional claimers. He made a strong three wide move at the entrance to the straight, and powered home to score decisively. This likeable individual is improving with racing, and can give Calumet Farm a homebred Stakes winner. He should be backed at around 2.56/4 on the exchange.