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Sweet Lou Monaco takes a look at race 7 at Belmont Park

Belmont Park begins its week of racing today, highlighted by a $77,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds and up for fillies and mares over six furlongs.

The short field of six is the race 7 feature of an 8-race card and has an approximate post time of 4:40 p.m. ET.

#2, Our Circle of Love, John Velazquez, 7-2

Searching for her first win of the year, Our Circle of Love will be making her third start (0-1-0) in 2019 after coming off a second-place finish in a $92,000 allowance race at Saratoga on Aug. 31. She has finished in the money in six of her eight career starts (1-5-0) and returns to Belmont having posting two runner-up finishes here in 2018. John Velazquez returns for his third straight start in the saddle for trainer Michelle Nevin and that will certainly help the cause. The cut back in distance will also help and I think she is due. The pick.

#1, Break Curfew, Manuel Franco, 2-1

In her last start, the morning-line favorite Break Curfew raced in her second career graded stakes race, the $250,000 Grade 2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 31, and placed fourth in a five-horse field. Today, she obviously drops to a field that she is comfortable with. In five starts this year (1-1-2), she looks for her first win since a two-length triump in a claiming race at Saratoga on Aug. 17. She will be there at the end, I just don’t think it will be enough. Runner-up.

#6, Sinwaan, Irad Ortiz, Jr., 6-1

After a disappointing seventh-place due to a bump at the break in an allowance race at Saratoga on July 24, Sinwaan looks to retain her old form in which she finished in the money in three starts prior (1-1-1) for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who also has No. 3 Alisio (4-1) in here as an uncoupled entry. Irad Ortiz, Jr. jumps in the saddle for his first time aboard and that automatically improves her chances. Contender.  

#5, Concerned, Jose Lezcano, 5-2

Concerned showed no remorse for her fellow counterparts in a 5 ¾-length romp in her debut here as the third-choice ($9.10) back on June 23. Off over three months, can she regain her debut form? Lezcano returning for trainer Mark Hennig is promising. In the mix.

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By Lou Monaco


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