Sands Point Stakes Best Bet

Some smart fillies get the chance of a Grade 2 prize at Belmont Park on Saturday, when the closely contested Sands Point Stakes offers Grade 1-placed duo Higher Truth and Fluffy Socks an opportunity for bragging rights at Chad Brown’s barn.

Chad brown has top choices for Sands Point Stakes

In a race that closely resembles the QEII Cup at Keeneland the same day, although at a slightly lower level, the first option in Saturday’s feature at Belmont Park is again to examine the credentials of the Chad Brown entry.

Brown takes a two-pronged approach in the Sands Point, a race he has won in the last two years and four times overall. The morning line prefers the Galileo filly Higher Truth (2-1), who engaged in a stirring stretch duel with barnmate Shantisara in the Jockey Club Oaks here over an extra quarter-mile, in which she came off second best by a half-length after attempting to lead at every call.

That ensured she had hit the board in every leg of the NYRA Turf Triple, although she has only a maiden and an allowance win to her name, both over a longer distance than today’s race. She will likely be a pace factor in order to maximise her proven stamina.

Stablemate Fluffy Socks (7-2) is winless in 2021 from four starts, the most recent when running a lifetime best in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in August, finishing her race off well to be third, beaten a length and three-quarters. That followed a good showing in the Grade 3 Lake George at Saratoga, where she again closed fast and late to be runner-up behind barnmate Technical Analysis. Blessed with more speed than Higher Truth, it’s likely she’ll be hunting down her barnmate in the stretch.

Jockey Club Oaks third Harajuku (3-1) was shipping in to make her US debut on that occasion, and is now in the care of Graham Motion. She had winning form at Group 3 level in France, but could never really get competitive in the Jockey Club Oaks so the drop back in distance may help in that regard, although she was a solid ten-furlong filly in France.

The rest of the field comes on from a stakes race here at a mile last month: Jordan’s Leo (6-1) did best to be runner-up behind longshot Spanish Loveaffair, with Runaway Rumour (8-1) third, Our Flash Drive (12-1) fourth, Plum Ali (8-1) fifth and Third Draft (30-1) ninth.

On the revised weight terms, Runaway Rumour comes out ahead, and this three-time course winner had previously turned in a good effort to be runner-up to Technical Analysis in the Grade 2 Lake Placid at Saratoga, form that ties in with Fluffy Socks.

Allowance winner Jordan’s Leo is zero-for-three at Belmont, although all on the board, while Plum Ali, winner of the Grade 2 Miss Grillo here a year ago, was a couple of lengths behind Higher Truth in both the Belmont Oaks and Saratoga Oaks and needs to find more.

Sands Point Stakes Odds

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds courtesy of Jazzsports
THIRD DRAFTJavier Castellano+3000
JORDAN’S LEOLuis Saez+600
HARAJUKUJunior Alvarado+300
RUNAWAY RUMOURJose Lezcano+800
HIGHER TRUTHIrad Ortiz. Jr+200
PLUM ALIManuel Franco+800
FLUFFY SOCKSJoel Rosario+350
OUR FLASH DRIVEDylan Davis+1200

Sands Point Stakes Betting Prediction: essentially comes down to a choice between Chad Brown’s pair, and FLUFFY SOCKS gets the verdict after running a lifetime best at Del Mar last time.

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