Belmont Racetrack: Grade 3 Hill Prince

Joseph CiracoCorrespondent IJune 18, 2011

Barclay Tagg sends out Fastest Magician
Barclay Tagg sends out Fastest MagicianAl Bello/Getty Images

A field of nine is scheduled to run in the Grade Three Running of the Hill Prince at one mile.

Despite the current beautiful weather, the turf at Belmont will almost surely be yielding.

Air Support is 3:1 and will be a threat in this $100,000 turf race.  Air Support has three wins on the turf, including a very solid win at Belmont on October 3 over a yielding turf. 

Fastest Magician appears to be a great value at 6:1 with Kent Desormeaux.  This very lightly raced three-year- old recently won over a yielding track at Belmont at 22:1 and has had two fantastic workouts recently.

Street Game is the other interesting longshot.  Currently at 12:1, this Phillip Serpe trained horse is 2-for-2 at Belmont, including a recent win at 1 1/16 miles.

John Velazquez rides Chinglish, a very good three-year-old with two wins over the turf, but no race on a soft or yielding turf.  He was very good in his last race, winning by almost three lengths at Pimlico.

Longhunter is a three-year-old from Great Britain, that is currently trained by Christophe Clement.  This horse has seven career starts on the turf, with only two being on firm, so this horse has a lot of experience over wet turf.

In the end, I like Fastest Magician and Longhunter to fight it out in deep stretch, with Longhunter prevailing by less than a length.  I think Street Game will finish a strong third.  The time of the race will be 1:39.2