Thursday Insights: Ward Duo Race To Open Belmont

1st-BEL, $90K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5f, 1:00 p.m.
As he is prone to do, Wesley Ward will send members of his stable to Belmont–this time a pair of juveniles–who have been working at his home base at Keeneland.

The 4-5 morning line favorite is PRINCESA CELINA (Quality Road), who RNA’d at the Fasig-Tipton November sale in 2021 for $545,000, and is out of dam Lastofthsummerwine (Sky Mesa). She produced a trio of solid earners in GSW Conquest Panthera (Kitten’s Joy) and his full-brother, GSP Maniacal, plus GSW Happy Like A Fool (Distorted Humor), who went for $1.45 million at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Fall sale to Blanford Bloodstock.

Opposing Princess Celina will be another Ward runner, SLAINTE MHATH (Uncle Mo), listed at 7-2 on the morning line. The first of her dam Lady Worthington (Scat Daddy)’s offspring to make it to the races, the Fitri Hay homebred has mirrored the drills of her stablemate over the course of last month. Bred by Stonestreet, Lady Worthington brought $650,000 with Ward signing the ticket at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling sale. Lady Worthington subsequently sold for $50,000 at the Keeneland November Mixed sale in 2019. TJCIS PPS

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