Race 1 8.5F Md Sp Wt $75K Dirt #6 Kong Loves A Fight (10-1)
Have you noticed the last three days at Belmont have been almost nuclear bombs (4/28 Rheaume @ 7-1; 4/29 Indian Bella @ 14-1; 4/30 Blake B. @ 13-1) Will the trend continue today? It has a good chance. Kong has had 5 starts at 8F or longer, three were in the money. In February Kong raced a 9F dirt and hit the board for show. Irad will be on the mount today (a BIG improvement up from Jalon Samuel). In the last 12 races at 8.5F Dirt Irad was in ITM 5 times. Last year, owner/trainer Noda bought Kong for $14K. I think today is the day for Kong to fight hard!!
As expected Kong was a closer, stayed back until the turn and then turned on the JETS. Kong made it close and it became a 3-horse race to the wire and Kong finished 3rd BUT paid more for SHOW then the Win paid and Place paid, so, good day!