The Wild Applause
The Wild Applause will be run Saturday at Belmont. I don’t recall a better grass family from back in the day, Glowing Honor, Glowing Tribute, Hero’s Honor. Those Rokeby Stable horses from that line were lawn mowers. Wild Applause fit right in.
Saffie Joseph is once again welcome at Belmont Park and he sends Gulfstream shipper Violet Gibson in for The Wild Applause. She is a well bred lightly raced filly on the improve. That said these are tougher than what she has faced at Gulfstream Park. She could be this good but I wouldn’t bet on it at this point.
Tax Implications makes her first start as a three-year-old. She was pretty good at two winning her debut at a mile at Monmouth and running second in a stake at Aqueduct. She’s eligible and likely goes off second choice.
Liguria is the other Chad Brown in here. I thought she’d run big off the bench at Churchill Downs, but she was chilly on the board and didn’t run too well. She loses Prat but gets Irad. That race at Churchill came back pretty good and I think she can take a step forward.
Im Just Kiddin looks a cut below a few in here.
Cecile is one for one on the turf breaking her maiden in her grass debut from well off the pace. She would have to improve quite a bit in here to contend and I think it is too big of an ask.
Soviet Excess may wind up the main speed in here and speed is always dangerous. She is also trained by Todd Pletcher but she ships in from his Gulfstream string off two wins in a row. These will be tougher and even at the mile she will have to run a biggie to hold these off.
Kerry moves from Clement to Sharp and comes out of all sprints. She may keep Soviet Express honest, but I doubt she does much more than that.
Breath Away has never run a bad one and will probably be the favorite. She will be coming from off the pace, and I think if Liguria improves, she can out kick her at a better price.
I am going to give Liguria another chance without really having a solid excuse for the last disappointment. Chad keeps her at the stake level and Irad takes the call. Her win last year at Del Mar was pretty good and I think with any improvement she can take this.
Enjoy the races and win the photos.