Three-year-old grass fillies will try their hand in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Belmont Oaks at Belmont Park. The 1 1/4-mile turf event attracted a field of 10. Post time for the Belmont Oaks, Race 8 on Belmont’s stakes-laden “Stars & Stripes Day” program, is 5:46 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and wagering, don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
#5 TOINETTE (5-1) puts a three-race win streak on the line in the Belmont Oaks. That includes a score in the Edgewood Stakes on the Churchill’s Kentucky Oaks undercard last time out. TOINETTE has demonstrated great versatility under Flavien Prat, winning from near and off the pace. She’s also produced some of the best speed figures in the group. Additionally, her pedigree she’ll have no problem with the distance, so she’s the pick.
#8 THEWAYIAM (10-1) has progressed nicely in the speed figure department despite settling for second in her last two starts. Prior to those Appalachian and Penn Oaks defeats, THEWAYIAM reeled off three straight stakes wins at Gulfstream. John Velazquez takes over on this quality filly that should relish today’s distance.
#10 MIGHTY SCARLET (8-1) and #1 SIGNIFICANT FORM (7-2, morning-line favorite) are sent out by Chad Brown. Both exit the Wonder Again, the local prep for this race, but the former entices a bit more.
MIGHTY SCARLET made her stakes debut in the Wonder Again off a 1 3/16th-mile maiden win and had more traffic to negotiate than SIGNIFICANT FORM did. She’ll have Jose Ortiz in the irons off that third-place effort.
SIGNIFICANT FORM impressed at age two and again in her first start at three, crushing her rivals in the Memories of Silver at Aqueduct. However, her Wonder Again second was a bit lackluster, as she and Irad Ortiz Jr. had every chance to reel in #7 LA SIGNARE (albeit that rival set a slow pace) but couldn’t. In fact, she didn’t even win the gallop-off. SIGNIFICANT FORM might be more distance-limited than her barnmate, which spells trouble in the 1 1/4-mile Belmont Oaks.
#4 CAPLA TEMPTRESS (6-1) wasn’t all that fast in her two starts in North America, but she did win the Grade I Natalma at Woodbine. Her first start at three over in France was impressive, as she was narrowly-beaten fourth in a Group I. She seemed to improve dramatically; perhaps she can carry that form over to Belmont. Javier Castellano takes over.
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