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Sunday Drills Tighten Screws

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 6/3/2013 7:15:59 PM

When craftsmen get serious they tighten the screws and that is exactly what online sports betting players got to see on Sunday as Belmont Stakes candidates were put through their final drills.

The Kentucky Derby winner Orb went 4 furlongs in :48.30 on the very quick main track at Belmont. He finished with interest getting his last quarter in :23.35, galloped out 5 furlongs in 1:00.48, 6 furlongs in 1:13.77 and 7 furlongs in 1:28.85.

One thing that is impressive about this work is that it was done in company with Hymn Book, who is a Grade 1 winner that has earned nearly $900,000.

His trainer had some interesting observations, Shug McGaughey: “I thought he worked excellent, he went off in hand, finished up really well, galloped out well. He was playing a little bit coming off the track, so I think all systems are go. If he hadn’t worked to my satisfaction, I would have pulled the plug, but he worked to my satisfaction. I think that the appropriate thing to do is to run him.”

The filly Unlimited Budget also worked Sunday and pleased her trainer Todd Pletcher. She was one of 5 possible Pletcher students to work Sunday who are also pointing to the Belmont.

Budget was put outside of Capo Bastone in her work and drilled in :47.48. She finished her last quarter in :23.07, galloped out 5 furlongs in :59.62 and got 6 furlongs in 1:13.48.

Pletcher: “She worked really well. I thought she was full of run throughout, finished up strongly, galloped out well, and seemed to cool out well. Biggest difference is we put her on the outside.”

The brilliant Unlimited Budget will be testing the betting sites boys for the first time in her career. Stylish in her first 4 starts before being troubled in the Kentucky Oaks, she is bred to be a runner. Her sire Street Sense won the Kentucky Derby, her dam took 4 sprints and the siblings that won were all sprinters.  Three fillies have won the Belmont Stakes; Ruthless took the inaugural running, Tanya won in 1905 and Rags to Riches pulled off the feat in 2007.

Overanalyze worked okay for Pletcher. He finished his final quarter in :22.86 and that is what you need coming into a long race.

Revolutionary, another Pletcher charge, galloped just okay last weekend but finished his drill in :23.21.

His trainer on the drill, Pletcher: “I think he’s been a little quiet the last few days, but I think a lot of horses have. It’s been pretty hot. These horses are pretty wise to what’s going on. Some horses go out there and train aggressively every day; some don’t. He’s one that kind of knows when game time is.”

Revolutionary doesn’t have to be 19 lengths off the lead this time. The runner improved dramatically once sent long and he showed agility taking the Withers overcoming a traffic jam.  The Louisiana Derby win was flattered when Departing returned to win the Illinois Derby going away by over 3 lengths with a 83 Beyer and if the track comes up off, this guy has the blood to handle the off going.

With a big field expected for the Belmont, luck will be a huge factor in a horse betting victory.

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