Belmont - Race 1
#4 BIG INVASION (9/2 ml)
2yo firster for Clement comes into this race having worked 3 times in a row (including a gate drill) with READY A.P., who came out of those drills to win by 8 lengths last week despite a slow start. I'm a little surprised that Dylan Davis gets the ride here, as READY A.P. had been ridden to victory by Luis Saez (which made him 2-for-2 with Clement at the meet), and I made a mental note to watch for Saez aboard BIG INVASION.
Saez instead wound up aboard FLIP THE SCRIPT (15/1), which is notable because he's won at a 28% clip for Albertrani this year, and also because FLIP THE SCRIPT appears to have worked with an older 3yo allowance horse (STIMULUS CHECK) on June 15. I can't confirm that as STIMULUS CHECK resides in the Gregg Matties barn, but you can see STIMULUS CHECK's PP's in Race 5, as that one happens to be entered on the same card today (perhaps more proof that it's not a coincidence). FLIP THE SCRIPT also appears to have outworked an unraced barnmate (HAIL TO) from the gate on June 30.
Note: today's race was originally scheduled for turf, but will be run on the main track.