The lone turf sprint stakes of the Belmont Park season will be run Sunday as a field of eight contest the seven furlong $100,000 Jaipur Handicap (gr. IIIT).
California invader Geronimo rates a long look off his West Coast form, in which he has proven second-best to win machine King Robyn. The 5-year-old gelding is conditioned by Mike Machowsky, who also has leading handicap star Southern Image in his barn. "I think seven-eighths is going to hit this horse right between the eyes," said Machowsky. "He's been running out of ground going five and a half and six and a half furlongs. This race is a good fit for him."
Multiple Choice, from the Jimmy Jerkins barn, has never raced on turf, but the son of Mt. Livermore is a multiple stakes winner on dirt, and Jerkins said he's been trying to get him on the turf for two years. Multiple Choice is a half-brother to NYRA turf winner Fine and Dandy.
Great Notion makes his seasonal debut in the Jaipur after finishing second in last summer's King's Bishop (gr. I) at Saratoga. He was well back in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) last October. Great Notion is also making his turf debut, and is a son of Elusive Quality
, the sire of Triple Crown phenom Smarty Jones.
Dedication, a 5-year-old mare, takes on males for the first time. The Christophe Clement trainee ha won twice this year, taking the Beaugay Handicap (gr. III) at the Big A May 1. She is a group I winner in her native France. Lismore Knight will also contend for trainer Todd Pletcher.
The field for the Jaipur, in post position order with jockeys and weights:
1) Multiple Choice (Javier Castellano, 113)
2) Great Notion (Rafael Bejarano, 115)
3) He's Crafty (Jerry Bailey, 116)
4) Banned in Boston (Richard Migliore, 116)
5) Unswept (Norberto Arroyo Jr., 108)
6) Lismore Knight (John Velazquez, 118)
7) Dedication (Edgar Prado, 114)
8) Geronimo (Jose Santos, 118)
9) Savoy Special (mto) (no rider, 118)