#8 Pipito 0.5pt at 7/1 – Belmont Park, Race 4 (19:11)
#4 Campanelle 2.5pts win at 9/4 (min 6/4) – Keeneland, Race 9 (22:16)
A name the British readers of this column will be familiar with, CAMPANELLE, is the star attraction on the card at Keeneland today. The winner of two European Group One races, albeit one with the help of the stewards, stands out in the Grade Three Franklin County Stakes.
She finished just a head behind Dragon Symbol in the Commonwealth Stakes at Royal Ascot but that rival was subsequently demoted to second for carrying her across the track inside the final furlong. Dragon Symbol has been a standing dish in the top sprints since, and whilst not getting his head in front, has made the frame in six subsequent outings. Also, six individual winners of groups races have come out of that Royal Ascot race, so the form is stacking up.
A line can be put through her run when last of twelve in the Prix Maurice de Gheest last time, never seeming well within herself, possibly as she had no pony to accompany her. That won’t be the case here and Wesley Ward should have her tuned up for a big run, whilst the forecast rain will be in her favour, too.
At Belmont, George Weaver trains the likely short-priced favourite in Ohtwoohthreefive for the one mile turf maiden which is carded as race 4, but he also saddles PIPITO.
A half-brother to the very smart stayer Spanish Mission, Pipito made his debut in a six furlong maiden at Saratoga in August. He showed good early speed before emptying on the sloppy track and I expect stretching out in trip and the switch to the grass to not to be an issue, all in all he looks worthy of a small interest.