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Sweet Lou Monaco analyzes Sunday's Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park

After an exciting day at Parx Racing Saturday, we bring it back up the New Jersey Turnpike to Belmont Park on Sunday for the Grade 2 $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap.

The field of five is set for 6 ½-furlongs for 3-years-old and up fillies and mares and is slotted as race 3 on Sunday's 10-race card with a post time of 2:04 p.m. ET. The card also includes the $125,000 Ashley T. Cole and $125,000 John Hettinger for New York-breds.

#3, Come Dancing, Javier Castellano. 1-5 

The prohibitive morning line choice, a 5-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, is coming off a 3 ½ length victory (where she was bumped at the start) as the favorite in the $500,000 Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 24. In her last five starts, she has finished in the top two for all of them with three wins. Going to be tough to beat, especially with Castellano aboard. I want to try with others but just can’t. The pick.

#5, Minit to Stardom, Alex Cintron, 3-1

Entering today, Miinit to Stardom has won three straight, highlighted by a 1 ½ length victory over Chalon in the $200,000 Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga on July 24. Cintron returns for his fourth straight start in the saddle, but it won’t be enough. Runner-up.

#2, Carrera Cat, Rajiv Maragh, 8-1

Trainer John Morrison is taking a shot here with Carrera Cat, who is making her first graded stakes start after winning four of her last five and five of her last six starts, including a 2 ¼ length victory in the $100,000 Union Avenue Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 15. Another entrant in today’s race, Jc’s Shooting Star, finished third in that last race. She has already prove she can win here with two wins and a second and will have regular rider Rajiv Maragh aboard. In the mix.

#1, Majestic Reason, Jose Vargas, Jr., 20-1

Also making the trip up the New Jersey Turnpike from Maryland is Majestic Reason for trainer Graham Motion. After two straight wins, she had a runner-up finish by a length to Anna’s Bandit in an allowance race at Laurel Park on Aug. 16. Majestic Reason is 4-3-1 in eight career starts. Sticks around.

**PICKS: 3-5-2-1**


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