Horse Racing

Posted: June 25, 2012

The Donald Levine Memorial Handicap

Parx Racing, Race 9 - Post 3:50

$150,000, 3 y. o. & up, 7 furlongs

1. Golddigger's Boy. . . Stewart Elliott. . . 5-2

2. Rod's Five Star. . . Angel Arroyo. . . 6-1

3. Toby's Corner. . . Jeremy Rose. . . 4-1

4. Sloane Ranger. . . Frankie Pennington. . . 6-1

5. Hobbitontherocks. . . Ricardo Chiappe. . . 20-1

6. Ponzi Scheme. . . Elvis Trujillo. . . 5-1

7. Royal Currier. . . TBA . . . 3-1

8. Spin Zone. . . TBA . . . 15-1

Rod's Five Star has raced only nine times with six wins. His most recent race was the fastest of his life. If trainer Ed Lehman thinks the horse is good enough to win an open stake like this, pay attention. He has a great feel for his horses and where they can win. Golddigger's Boy loves this track, having won seven of his 12 races at Parx. Toby's Corner looked like a major Kentucky Derby force when he won the 2011 Wood Memorial. Then, he got hurt. The colt has not won in three races this year and appears to be going backward. But, on his best day, he can beat this field.

* D.J.'s picks:

1. Rod's Five Star

2. Golddigger's Boy

3. Toby's Corner

The Mother Goose

Belmont Park, Race 10 - Post 5:47

$300,000 (Grade I), 3 y.o. fillies, 1- 1/16 mi.

1. Believe You Can. . . Rosie Napravnik. . . 8-5

2. Contested. . . Javier Castellano. . . 7-5

3. Disposablepleasure. . . Ramon Dominguez. . . 8-1

4. Wildcat's Smile. . . Jose Lezcano. . . 10-1

5. Zo Impressive. . . Rajiv Maragh. . . 5-1

This race may be decided in the first few hundred yards. If there is a speed duel between the favorites, one of the longshots will have a serious chance. If, however, Contested makes the front, I think she is gone. I think she is going to make the front. She has won her previous four starts by more than 20 lengths. This is a race for best 3-year-old filly in America. Right now, Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can is in the lead for that title. That could change Saturday. Zo Impressive is the most likely winner if the top two go too fast too soon.

* D.J.'s picks:

1. Contested

2. Believe You Can

3. Zo Impressive

The Boiling Springs

Monmouth Park, Race 11 - Post 5:48

$100,000 (Grade III), 3 y.o., fil., 1 1/16 mi. (turf)

1. Somali Lemonade. . . Joe Rocco Jr.. . . 3-1

2. Glamour N Glory. . . Kendrick Carmouche. . . 4-1

3. Hearts of Red. . . Carlos Marquez Jr.. . . 12-1

4. Destiny's Child. . . Chris DeCarlo. . . 5-1

5. Zultanite. . . Paco Lopez. . . 9-2

6. Senator Beck. . . Elvis Trujillo. . . 10-1

7. Zucchini Flower. . . Sheldon Russell. . . 20-1

8. Dancing Solo. . . Joe Bravo. . . 7-2

9. Cheimon. . . Angel Serpa. . . 10-1

Glamour N Glory appears to be getting better with each race. Kendrick Carmouche, a terrific grass rider, gets the mount for the second time. Michael Matz was really high on Somali Lemonade last year. She has not run big yet in 2012. Perhaps, this is the spot. Dancing Solo beat Glamour N Glory in the Little Silver and is certainly a serious threat again.

* D.J.'s picks:

1. Glamour N Glory

2. Somali Lemonade

3. Dancing Solo

- Dick Jerardi

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