Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

We have three races from Belmont to consider in this week’s trips column. Be sure to keep an eye out for these horses as racing moves to Aqueduct in just two weeks.
 
Wednesday
Belmont Race 4: #11 JULIA’S PRIDE 
JULIA’S PRIDE showed some bravery when encountering trouble in the stretch drive, especially for a horse at this class level. 
JULIA’S PRIDE lost some ground due to her post, going three-wide most of the turn before entering the lane four-wide under Irad Ortiz Jr, who gave a smooth, patient ride. JULIA’S PRIDE was leaned on midway down the stretch by #5 LEMONDROP LOLLIPOP, which sandwiched JULIA’S PRIDE between that foe and eventual winner #7 MORE THAN A LEGEND. JULIA’S PRIDE was then put in an even tighter spot between #12 FINAL FLURRY and MORE THAN A LEGEND but did not react adversely and churned on to cross the wire third. 
JULIA’S PRIDE will make just her third career start next time she runs, and she gathered plenty of education in this effort alone. 
 
Saturday
Belmont Race 1: #4 CATCH A CAB 
CATCH A CAB saved ground most of the way and appeared to have late interest in the Empire Showcase Day opener but was very unlucky to not find room in the stretch, which resulted in an off-the-board finish. 
CATCH A CAB’s trouble began when Joel Rosario tried to follow #6 J J’S DREAMING in the two-path nearing the top of the stretch but had to steady off him. CATCH A CAB cut the corner turning for home but J J’S DREAMING would not let him through inside. Rosario ducked back out two-wide but had his escape path cut off by #8 SUMMER MISCHIEF and #9 SPACE KEY. 
Rosario then resorted to desperate measures as he steered CATCH A CAB back toward the rail but there was no room to be found inside #2 GOSILENTLY. With no momentum and less than a 1/16th to run, Rosario had to ‘eat it’ and checked in sixth. 
 
Belmont Race 11: #8 SPA TREATMENT 
Like Catch A Cab, SPA TREATMENT appeared to have energy in reserve but was unfortunate to not find room in the lane. 
SPA TREATMENT was covered up early under Javier Castellano and followed #3 COSMOISELLE, who began to sputter at the quarter pole, around most of the far turn run. Forced to bail out near the top of the stretch, Castellano attempted to go through a path that wasn’t there between #1 TIZZA TEMPER and #5 PIQUET. 
SPA TREATMENT finally found daylight inside the final furlong and put in a modest bid for fourth, beaten four lengths. However, if SPA TREATMENT was able to make one late bid without being impeded, she probably would’ve done much better. 

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