Sunday's Insights: Malibu Moon 'Rising Star' Returns at Belmont


Harper's in Charge | Chelsea Durand

7th-BEL, $92K, Alw, N1X, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, post time: 3:47 p.m. ET
The rail-drawn HARPER'S IN CHARGE (Malibu Moon) makes her first start since posting a runaway wire-to-wire 'TDN Rising Star' performance on debut at Aqueduct Nov. 15. The $220,000 KEESEP yearling purchase's unraced dam Azara (More Than Ready) is a half-sister to the brilliant Tepin (Bernstein) and MGSW Vyjack (Into Mischief). Harper's in Charge has a pair of bullets on her worktab for this at Christophe Clement's Saratoga base. Even-money morning-line favorite Bella Sofia (Awesome Patriot), runner-up behind the unbeaten Australasia (Sky Kingdom) in the Jersey Girl S. at second asking June 6, is cross-entered in Saturday's GIII Victory Ride S. at Belmont. She previously romped by 11 1/4 lengths with a gaudy 94 Beyer on debut May 6. TJCIS PPs

4th-ELP, $51K, Msw, 2yo, 7f, post time: 3:14 p.m. ET
Winchell homebred GUNTOWN (Gun Runner) looks to become the eighth winner for his red-hot freshman sire. Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, the bay is a half-brother to these connections' champion Untapable (Tapit) as well as GISW Paddy O'Prado (El Prado {Ire}). Guntown was listed as selling for $750,000 (co-second highest of 46 sold from his sire's first crop) to fellow Asmussen client L & N Racing at last year's Keeneland September sale. TJCIS PPs

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