Bed o' Roses Stakes 2021 Picks: Pacific Gale rolls in

The jockeys are assembled! See who has the edge in the Bed o' Roses ...
The jockeys are assembled! See who has the edge in the Bed o' Roses ...

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7F (Dirt) Bed o’ Roses Stakes (G3), $300k, F&M 4+

The Grade III Bed o’ Roses is a longstanding race on the Belmont docket, and though it was cancelled last year because of COVID-19, it is back with a vengeance in 2021. The fillies and mares drawn in here are trained by an excellent group of conditioners. They have to be … The past 4 contests have either been won by Michelle Nevin or Chad Brown. Not a bad streak by either … this time around though, neither is present. Names appear here you might not consider “mainstream.”

One of the leaders on the tote is going to be the excellent Chub Wagon #6. Right now, in all of North American horse racing there are few that have an undefeated record—this filly does. Last out, over Preakness Weekend, the Guadalupe Preciado-trained speedster who loves to run early was solid in the Skipat 100k with Irad Ortiz in the irons. Her greatest weapon, that early speed, is a double-edged sword. It can giveth and take it away, as the old adage, “pace makes the race” rings true. Her class is going to have to elevate, in order to get a win for a barn that rarely competes in races like these.

For my money, I would look elsewhere, and seek some value in a few others that offer much promise. One of those that qualifies is the inviting-looking Pacific Gale #7. The barn of one John Kimmel has this mare out of Flat Out pointed in the proper direction. Though she failed to win in her 2021 NYRA debut in the Grade III Vagrancy S., that wasn’t a poor effort (3rd). She just never got going, and that class of hers remained dormant, never shining through. Kimmel, once again, has John Velazquez riding for the Holly Hill Stables sprinter, and she can get home with a price that is right.  

One other important entry that deserves more than a passing glance, is Todd Beattie’s Victim of Love #5. Here is a mare out of Speightstown who was bred for this kind of racing. If you do not know Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, then you need to follow their entries. Beattie does not have an expansive stable, but when he comes to play, he is putting a solid product out on the track. It is a true reflection of tried-and-true ability. This mare gets Joel Rosario aboard, and last time he took her home in the Vagrancy (G3). It was a tracking victory, rating just off the leader. Once the stretch arrived, she kicked in a higher gear to victory. Her return to Belmont looks full of possibilities.

Let’s use this trio, and come up with a ticket that can get us a score!

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