Trainer and former hoop Dion Luciani will be hoping to go one better when his promising 3yo Hold Your Tongue ($2.70 fav) returns to Belmont tomorrow for a second ditch at the stumps this preparation in the Schweppes 60-72 HCP 1300m.
Acquitting itself well upon resuming, the son of Stratum fought on bravely into second last start, despite being beaten by nearly three lengths by Leonorasensation who was aided by an extra couple of runs under its belt.
Since saluting on debut back in January 2014 the bay colt has been competitive behind top class two and three year old sprinters without winning, while consistently earning for connections along the way.
Luciani has eyes set on two winners in as many Belmont programs, following the emphatic from near last victory by Civil Rights on the weekend.
Jerry Noske will take the ride for the first time tomorrow, and is likely to push up into a handy position from its disappointing draw (barrier eleven).
Hoping to muzzle Hold Your Tongue and son Dion, trainer Lou Luciani will saddle up last start victor Military Might ($6.00) who looks the main contender after securing gate three.
Senior jock Paul Harvey has been engaged to take the mount, while the slight drop in class should suit.
The other main chance comes in the form of the well commissioned Pirate’s Fortune ($2.90) for Robyn Lockwood who will be aiming for four on end, and comes into tomorrow’s race following a minor injury sustained last start.