2013 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont

Grade 1 Jamaica Handicap

Admiral KittenIt’s time to give a preview of the Grade 1 Jamaica Handicap for three year olds going a distance of 11/8 miles on the inner turf with a purse of $500,000. Of course you know that in a handicap the horses are assigned weights by the racing secretary according to their capabilities as he sees them. The morning line favorite for this race is the Michael Maker trained entry of Admiral Kitten and Get in Line. The Kitten was assigned high weight of 121 while Get in Line was given 114. Admiral Kitten is coming off of a win in the Grade 1 Secretariat over 11/4 miles on the turf at Arlington Park in mid-August. He will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik. The second choice in the ML and the second high weight is War Dancer trained by Keeny McPeek and ridden by Junior Alvarado. He is coming off of a disappointing 6th place finish in the Travers on the dirt but registered a nice speed figure in that one. He is back on the turf today where he does his best running. He carries 120 pounds for this one.

Five IronThe third choice in the morning line is Chad Brown’s Balance the Books. He is coming off of a win in the Stroll stakes at Saratoga in August. He does his running from the back of the pack. I could go on down the line mentioning the contenders but I won’t bore you with details about all of them. It is my job to preview this race and try and give you the horse I believe will win. And just so you know, me and the racing secretary don’t quite see eye to eye. I like a speed horse in this one that has won three in a row and is coming off of a win in the Grade 3 Saranac at Saratoga in September buy the name of Five Iron. He had an impressive speed figure in that one and even though he may have some company on the front I believe he will prevail. I only hope he can get the 10 to 1 odds that is projected here. I believe that War Dancer will be second and Admiral Kitten third. That’s the way I see it. Good luck gals and guys!




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