Value proposition

Value proposition undercuts elusive quality as racing returns to Belmont Park – Horse Racing News

Klaravich Stables’ tiered value proposition will return to sprinting for the first time since November when it challenges Saturday’s elusive $100,000 quality for 4-year-olds and climbs seven furlongs on the Widener turf course in Belmont Park.

Trained by Chad Brown, Value Proposition returns three weeks after finishing third in the $100,000 Danger’s Hour on April 9 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Dansili’s son started the year with a second-place finish at Clear Vision in the Grade 3 tropical turf running a mile on Jan. 8 at Gulfstream Park. The ridgling 6-year-old settled fourth behind the pace and pulled himself together to earn his third career spot.

The dark bay changed tack on his next outing, taking command of the group of seven in the one-mile Danger’s Hour and setting a moderate tempo under Manny Franco. The value proposition faltered and lost its edge at the top of the lane, but held on well to 1 3/4 length exposure honors over the multi-stakes winner and returning rival therapist.

Brown said the value proposition does best with a quick pace to sit down.

“The way the race went, I urged Manny to go ahead and take the lead if no one else wanted to,” Brown said of the Danger’s Hour effort. “I didn’t want to be wired at a slow pace and he’s not effective at a slow pace. We tried, but it didn’t really work for him. We’re going to regroup and by reducing it, we’re probably going to make it slow down again.

Britain’s high value proposition has maintained competitive form throughout its four racing seasons, graduating on its debut in April 2019 before picking up two optional wins and its first ranking with a third at the 2020 Grade 3 Poker.

He had a prominent year in 2021, earning another graded spot with a second-place finish to Rinaldi in the Grade 3 Forbidden Apple at Saratoga Racetrack en route to his two wins. Value Proposition won 2 3/4 lengths from both Red Bank at Monmouth Park and Oyster Bay at Belmont Park before ending their 5-year campaign with a fifth in the Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship.

From mare Diktat Dash To The Front, Value Proposition won over distances ranging from seven furlongs to 1 1/16 miles and posted a 15-6-2-4 record with earnings of $452,373.

Franco keeps the post 6 mount.

Hall of Fame coach Mark Casse will send out recent allocation winner Proven Strategies in their first seven furlongs start since finishing third in the G2 Connaught Cup at Woodbine in July.

Owned by Leonard C. Green, Jonathan I. Green and Empire Racing Club, the seasoned gelding snapped a six-game losing streak dating back to January 2021, narrowly taking an optional one-mile contender by half a length the March 13 at Gulfstream Park and Earn Career-Best 93 Beyer Speed ​​Figure.

“He’s doing great,” Casse said. “He ran well and we just shipped him out of South Florida. This run is a bit shorter, so we don’t know how he’s going to handle that, but he sprinted well on the turf. He’s a solid performer. Obviously it’s a class climb and it’s not going to be easy. I actually think he really likes that distance.

The son of Sky Mesa showed good form despite struggling to find the winner’s circle last year, posting two betting rankings when he was beaten just 2 1/2 lengths in the Connaught Cup and 2 3/ 4 lengths to the enemy back Value Proposition in the Red Bank. The 5-year-old also boasts another graduated ranking on his resume with a runner-up effort for Decorated Invader in the 2020 Pennine Ridge over a mile at Belmont.

Dylan Davis will pilot Proven Strategies for the first time from position 3.

Veteran Snapper Sinclair will make his first start since returning to the United States from a trip to Meydan Racecourse in Dubai where he finished a distant 10th in the G2 Godolphin Mile on March 26.

Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen and owned by Bloom Racing Stable, the 7-year-old City Zip bay has raced at 13 different racetracks in five states and made the trip to Meydan twice. City Zip’s son earned five graded participation placements, including a runner-up in the 2020 G1 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct.

Snapper Sinclair has made the majority of his 38 clay starts, holding a 2-for-11 grass-court record with both wins on grass at stakes. He was last seen in the winner’s circle in September 2021 after going from the gate to the wire in the restricted TVG over one mile and 70 yards at Kentucky Downs.

A buy of $180,000 at the 2017 spring sale of the 2-year-old Ocala breeders in training, Snapper Sinclair is posting high wins of $1,857,042 and a record 38-7-9-4.

Trevor McCarthy retrieves the mount from post 7.

The New York-born regular Big Package will make his seasonal debut for trainer David Donk, who co-owns the gelding with Sean Carney. A son of Big Brown, Big Package is going on a five-month layoff after finishing sixth in the Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship on Nov. 27.

The 5-year-old had an impressive money record in 2021, winning or finishing on the board in 6 of 8 starts, including two allowance wins at Belmont. He earned a career-best 95 Beyer for an optional two-start win by sprinting seven furlongs over the Widener.

” He is fine. It’s his first race after the layoff and it’s going to be a pretty competitive place and some deep water,” Donk said. “It’s a big test for him. We were lucky enough to win open allocations last year, so at the moment he really isn’t eligible for anything other than stakes. Time to find out where we are and how good he is. He’s been a really fun horse for us.

Hall of Famer John Velazquez has the call for position 2.

The Group 3 winner Toro Strike will make his second American start for Hall of Fame coach Todd Pletcher after finishing seventh to Colonel Power on Feb. 19 at Gulfstream Park.

Owned by Al Shaqab Racing, the Kentucky-born son of Toronado won the G3 Weatherbys Hamilton Supreme at Goodwood in August for trainer Richard Fahey and won three more races in England.

Irad Ortiz, Jr. climbs from post 8.

The peloton is completed by the four-time winner and the first Penalty gelding [post 1, Jose Ortiz]Majestic Dunhill, 2020 Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap Winner [post 4, Kendrick Carmouche]six-time Scuttlebuzz winner [post 5, Javier Castellano]set Milton the Monster [post 9, Frankie Pennington]two-time winner American Monarch [post 10, Jose Lezcano] and graduate therapist placed on issues [post 11, Joel Rosario].

The Elusive Quality is scheduled as Race 9 on Saturday’s 10-race card. The first post is at 1:20 p.m. EST.

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