High Finance demoralizes competition
For seven horses in the seventh race at Belmont Park, the scenery never changed. All they ever saw was the tail of High Finance, our four-year-old sone of Talk Is Money, as he blazed to an over eight-length victory in a "three other than" allowance. High Finance set eye-popping fractions of 22.3, 44.2, and 1:08 flat through six furlongs then cruised home under steady handling to stop the teletimer in a blistering 1:33.2 for a mile. High Finance earned a whopping 114 Beyer for the race, one of the top numbers in the country this year.
Trainer Rick Violette, Jr. said, "When this horse is on his game he's sensational. Today he was sensational. I was looking back at the last few months, and I think the race down in Florida when he came up the rail and banged into the fence might have really taken something out of him. I think it took his confidence away. Obviously we know he loves Belmont, and he's run huge at Saratoga. That bodes pretty well for us over the next few months. We would have stacked up well with almost any horse today."
Jockey John Velazquez said, "He couldn't have run much better. The only thing I noticed was that my horse was holding his breath in the last sixteenth of a mile, so I hit him in the belly to make him take a breath. Other than that, they were all just running for second."
With the victory, High Finance's earnings eclipsed $175,000 in twelve career starts. High Finance will now be pointed for the seven furlong $150,000 Tom Fool Stakes(G2) on July 4th at Belmont. If all goes well, our ultimate goal would be the $250,000 Forego Handicap(G1) on September 1st at Saratoga.