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$1,500,000, GI Belmont Stakes, for 3yo’s, at a marathon distance of 1 1/2 mile over the Belmont Park Main Track!
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BELMONT STAKES EARLY ODDS – near post time
|5||Ride on Curlin||7-1|
|10||General a Rod||36-1|
California Chrome, at 3/5, by Lucky Pulpit, what’s left to say here, winner of 6 in a row including the GI Santa Anita Derby, GI Kentucky Derby and GI Preakness Stakes running a 3w early stalking trip in all 3 outings then pulling away at the top of the stretch to go on to be the much the best winner in all 3 GI events. He seems to love this Belmont course in all his most recent workouts under California like weather conditions here in the Big Apple since coming up from Pimlico. NO medical or physical issues have cropped up for him since his Preakness win and the Saturday forecast calls for more of this seasonal but dry weather of late here in the northeast!
So, the only question that needs answering now is – can he still prevail at this 1 1/2 mile marathon distance here on Saturday? The answer should be yes as even the littlest of early intangibles seem to be pointing in his favor at the time of this writing.
Wicked Strong , at 6/1, by Hard Spun, won the GI Wood Memorial over at Aqueduct earlier this spring then finished a very decent 4th last out in the GI Kentucky Derby after some early derby traffic woes! Good Belmont bloodlines here as well and is another Closer type to worry the California Chrome, connections here on Saturday!
Tonalist, at 8 /1, an is another Tapit son, and was the scary good winner of a sloppy GII Peter Pan Stakes here at Belmont Park last out covering the 1 1/8 mile slop in very nice 1:48.30 to a drawing off 4 lengths win over some in this field here on Saturday! His resume is a bit lean on experience however, and he will have to stretch out the additional 3/8’s of a mile here on Saturday, too. His bloodlines are solid for this race but he is going to have to grow up fast here on Saturday. He can close or stalk an early pace!
Ride On Curlin, at 12/1, By Curlin, has the bloodlines to win this race, as he was a grinding up 2nd to California Chrome, in the GI Preakness last out and if you project that Preakness finish out another 5/16’s does Ride On Curlin, go right on by this Preakness champ? Well, he’ll get another shot here on Saturday. Closer type here with some recent good workouts over this oval, too!
Commanding Curve, at 15/1, by Master Command, was a grinding up late 2nd to California Chrome, in the GI Kentucky Derby last out and has been waiting here for the last 5 weeks for another shot at this would-be triple crown champion. Another dead closer type here and if raced correctly in here on Saturday he will be a big factor in this race!
General A Rod, at 20/1, by Roman Ruler, came 4th last out in the GI Preakness Stakes but was back 8 lengths at the line after running 11th in the GI Kentucky Derby 2 back. He was the side kick to Wildcat Red in most of the big G/P 3yo preps but hasn’t won a race since Jan 1st. Usually stalks an early pace but we’ll wonder aloud here if he really wants any part of this 1 1/2 mile contest!
Medal Count, at 20/1, by Dynaformer, is the winner of the GIII Transylvainia Stakes back on Keeneland’s opening day this spring then went on to be a rocketing up for 2nd in the GI Bluegrass Stakes, then last out was a flat 8th in the GI Kentucky Derby where he made up no real ground on leaders in the stretch of the Derby!
Any long odds here are well deserved as one gets the impression that his enter here as just a resume builder for a future turf career!
Samraat, at 20/1, by Noble Causeway, won the GIII Withers and Gotham Stakes this winter at Aqueduct, then a good 2nd there in the GI Wood Memorial in April getting him into the Derby where he scored a solid but hanging on 5th placing after being part of the early Derby pace. He likes it up front early and could be the early pace setter here on Saturday. Don’t think he really wants any part of a 1 1/2 mile race with his early speed as a GII Jim Dandy Stakes run up at Saratoga would have been a more logical next start.
Commissioner , at 20/1, by A.P. Indy is bloodlined correctly for this race but has yet to win a graded event. He was back those 4 lengths in the GII Peter Pan Stakes here last out for a career best 2nd finish in a graded event. Mostly a closer type and perhaps this marathon distance will bring out his family heritage for him!
Matterhorn, at 30/1, by Tapit, is just a Mdn winner but did finish 4th but 6 back in that same GII Peter Pan Stakes last out. Mostly a closer type and if you are looking for a longshot to help dress up that 4th spot in your dime super here is 10 cents worth.
Matuszak, at 30/1, by Bernardini, has been chasing Kid Cruz, all around the Aqueduct and Maryland 3yo circuits this spring but never quite catching him. He’s got wonderful bloodlines for this race and does have Hall of Fame connections, too. Closer type for sure, but you’ll need some pretty big odds here before you should break out another 10¢ to add him to the back end of a super play!
Post Time for this Race #11 – 6:52 pm Et!
|Medal Count||Robby Albarado||126||Dale L. Romans||20/1|
|California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||126||Art Sherman||3/5|
|Matterhorn||Joe Bravo||126||Todd Pletcher||30/1|
|Commanding Curve||Shaun Bridgmohan||126||Dallas Stewart||15/1|
|Ride On Curlin||John Velazquez||126||William Gowan||12/1|
|Matuszak||Mike Smith||126||Bill Mott||30/1|
|Samraat||Jose Ortiz||126||Rick Violette||20/1|
|Commissioner||Javier Castellano||126||Todd Pletcher||20/1|
|Wicked Strong||Rajiv Maragh||126||Jimmy Jerkens||6/1|
|General A Rod||Rosie Napravnik||126||Mike Maker||20/1|
|Tonalist||Joel Rosario||126||Christophe Clement||8/1|
Our Picks are – 2,5,9,11 exacta box, with the 1,4, or 7 packed into the back-end of a 10¢ super play!