After capturing the Aqueduct Winter Meet in March, conditioner Linda Rice has kept her good momentum going since ending the two-week Aqueduct spring meet with six wins and has started the Belmont spring/summer meet with seven wins from 33 starts.
Among the standouts from her barn at Belmont so far has been 4-year-old colt Nicodemus for owners Everything's Cricket Racing and Lawrence Goichman, who captured the Grade 3 Westchester at one mile last out on May 4.
Previously, the son of Candy Ride, who finished second in the Curlin at Saratoga as a 3-year-old, made his 2019 debut finishing fourth in an allowance race at Aqueduct before winning the same condition on March 10 at the Big A and running fourth in the Grade 3 Excelsior on April 6.
Following his win in the Westchester, Rice said the colt was doing well and would consider a number of options including the Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Mile on Belmont Stakes Day, June 8, before deciding on where to point him next.
“He's been doing well since his last race,” said Rice. “The Met Mile is certainly one option on the table. We'll also take a look at the [Grade 2, $250,000] True North and the [Grade 2, $300,000] John Nerud [June 22].”
Graded stakes winner Holiday Disguise, who began her 5-year-old campaign with a victory in the Broadway on February 16 at Aqueduct and has posted back-to-back fifth-place finishes in the Grade 3 Distaff on April 5 at the Big A and Grade 3 Vagrancy on May 11 at Belmont, is on target for her next start in the $200,000 Critical Eye on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.
“She's continuing to do well,” said Rice. “We'll take a look at the Critical Eye as a potential spot for her next.”
Rice has also debuted a pair of flashy maiden winners this spring with 3-year-old colt Elektronic who Rice bred and owns and Invest for owner Leonard Green.
A New York-bred son of City Zip, Elektronic made his debut on the turf at Aqueduct where he finished fourth at odds of 7-1 on April 18 but returned impressively breaking his maiden on May 11 by two lengths. Invest, a New York-bred Super Saver colt, finished second in his first two starts this year at Aqueduct before breaking his maiden on May 4.
“They are both progressing and doing well,” said Rice. “We'll look to keep Elektronic on the grass going forward, and we'll see where we can find a spot for Invest next as well. The meet has been going good so far, and we've had a very good 2019. We're looking forward to finishing the meet strong and getting to Saratoga, where we're excited to debut some 2-year-olds who are on their way to getting ready for their debuts.”
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