Multiple graded stakes winner Carson Hollow will carry highweight in the $150,000 Genuine Risk Handicap (gr. II) Sunday at Belmont Park. She will be giving between three and seven pounds to her four foes in the six furlong Mother's Day feature.
Carson Hollow took honors over the Belmont service in last July's Prioress (gr. I), and recently went gate-to-wire to take Aqueduct's Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. II) in March. Raging Fever, who was second in that contest, returned to win the Big A's Bed o' Roses in her next start.
Carson Hollow has won six of nine career starts, and has only finished worse than second once, in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) last year. She will face other speed in the Genuine Risk, however.
"As long as she breaks, we'll be okay," said her trainer, Richard Dutrow Jr. "She automatically takes control. There are some fast fillies in this race, but there were some fast ones in the Prioress, and she made them look like they weren't even in the race." Carson Hollow is undefeated in her three Belmont starts.
Trainer Allen Jerkens sends out Shine Again in the Genuine Risk. The 6-year-old enters off an allowance score, and is ulta-consistent, having hit the board nine times in 10 starts last year, including a successful defense of her Ballerina (gr. I) score at Saratoga. Shine Again could benefit from a potential speed duel among Carson Hollow, Harmony Lodge, and September Secret.
The field for the Genuine Risk, in post position order with jockeys and weights:
1) Harmony Lodge (Edgar Prado, 116)
2) Shine Again (Jean-Luc Samyn, 119)
3) September Secret (Eibar Coa, 116)
4) Carson Hollow (John Velazquez, 122)
5) A New Twist (Jorge Chavez, 115)