USA: More than $2m prize-money on Belmont undercard

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By Nicholas Godfrey in New York
Racing Post

Winter Memories

The field is headed by Breeders’ Cup turf third Brilliant Speed (Tom Albertrani/John Velazquez) and Dixie Stakes winner Hudson Steele (Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano).

Former Pascal Bary-trained Desert Blanc (Chad Brown/ Ramon Dominguez) has another shot at Boisterous (Shug McGaughey/Alan Garcia) after being beaten a length by that rival on his US debut last month.

Belmont Park: Just A Game Stakes (Grade 1) 1m, turf, 3yo+ f/m (8.59pm BST, live on ATR)

Leading turf filly Winter Memories (Jimmy Toner/Javier Castellano) bids to utilise her powerful closing kick once more after scoring last month in Grade 3 company on her seasonal debut.

A competitive field also features Hungry Island (Shug McGaughey/John Velazquez) and Tapitsfly (Dale Romans/Ramon Dominguez), one-two in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

Belmont Park: True North Hcap (Grade 2) 6f, dirt, 3yo+ (8.15pm BST, live on ATR)

Arguably the best race on the Belmont undercard featuring Grade 1 winners Smiling Tiger (Jeff Bonde/Mike Smith) and Giant Ryan (Bisnath Parboo/Willie Martnez) plus several other regulars at the top level. Six of the eight are graded stakes winners of some description.

Belmont Park: Woody Stephens Stakes (Grade 2) 7f, dirt, 3yo (9.43pm BST, live on ATR)

A regular port of call for three-year-olds who have failed to stay in the Triple Crown races, this $400,000 contest features a notorious individual in Trinniberg (Bisnath Parboo/Willie Martinez), the sprinter who helped prompt Bodemeister into setting such startling fractions in the Kentucky Derby.

Grade 1 winner Currency Swap (Teresa Pompay/Rajiv Maragh) and Derby Trial victor Hierro (Steve Asmussen/Julien Leparoux) will make it tough for him.

Hollywood Park: Charles Whittingham Memorial Hcap (Grade 1) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+ (12.40am Sun BST)

Pacific Classic winner Acclamation (Don Warren/Pat Valenzuela) returns to action after an eight-month layoff as he attempts to complete a hat-trick in the turf race named in honour of the legendary ‘Bald Eagle’ of American racing.

America’s reigning Eclipse Award-winning older horse faces former British-trained Slim Shadey (Simon Callaghan/David Flores), who has done well since moving to California.

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