2014 Bold Ruler Handicap

Bold Ruler at Belmont

River RocksLet’s look at the Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap for three year olds and up going a distance of 7 furlongs for a purse of $200,000. The favorite according to the morning line is John Terranova’s River Rocks with Joel Rosario in the irons. River Rocks likes to go straight to the lead and play catch me if you can. He has had only 2 graded stakes appearances and he finished second in his last one which was the Grade 2 Kelso at today’s track, Belmont Park. He is a four year old and has put up some impressive numbers as of late. Second choice in the ML is David Jacobson’s Salutos Amigos with Cornelio Velasquez up. He too has put up some good numbers lately and was second to River Rocks in a claiming race in August at Saratoga. He likes to lay just off the pace and then pounce. To be honest I would be totally surprised if he won this.

RomanshThird choice in the morning line is Thomas Albertrani’s Romansh with Jose Ortiz getting the call. This horse is a stalker in the route races, but I don’t know how he will run in this sprint. He has had plenty of Graded Stakes experiences but they all have been at a mile or more. He does show at a mile running third to Palace Malice, so I am thinking that Mr. Albertrani may know something that we don’t. Another tough race to handicap. One thing I know is that River Rocks will try to get the lead and hold it. If no one goes with him, the race will be his. However I am just not sure that he will be uncontested on the lead. But that is why they call this game gambling. I am going with Romansh to win it with River Rocks second and Sage Valley third. Happy Horse Pickin’ Gals and Guys!



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