Best bets from Will Rogers Downs on Thursday

Nick Shiambouros heads to Belmont Park with two fancies from the Thursday card…

Happy Soul to graduate

Race 2 20:38 Belmont Park – Happy Soul

Happy Soul should go close in this Maiden Special Weight on the main track.

This daughter of Runhappy finished second to Nakatomi at Keeneland last month. She attempted to make all, but was collared inside the final furlong by the impressive winner. The winner looks smart, and may have faced an impossible task. I think she will be a different proposition with a run under her belt. The Wesley Ward stable has hit the ground running at the meeting with a 30% strike rate. Anything around 3.02/1 will do.

Saratoga Flash a speedy type

Race 9 00:15 Belmont Park – Saratoga Flash

I am going to take a chance with Saratoga Flash in this Maiden Special Weight on the Widener turf.

This Laoban colt finished fourth to Agent Creed in a similar event over this course last month. He clipped heels inside the final furlong, and subsequently lost all chance. This run is best forgotten, and is best judged on his fourth place finish on a warm maiden at Gulfstream Park in February. He put in a nice piece of work over the track eight days ago, and looks ready to do himself justice. Anything around 5.04/1 will do.