1. Should the weather turn foul and the main track turn to slop, remember the 1, 2 and 3 paths are not where you want your horse, especially on the Backstretch, Far Turn and the Stretch run as that’s where 99% of all Belmont main track races are run.
2. Again, if foul weather pop-ups early enough look for the early turf races to moved to the main track and grab those MTO – horses for your exotic’s! Also if Gio Ponti has to go over a soft and soggy turf course don’t look for him to do well as he doesn’t favor that type of turf running! So look for an upset in the Manhattan Hcp under those conditions!
3. The GII Brooklyn Hcp was run on friday which is the other 1 1/2 mile race run at Belmont Park each year in 2:28 and chg for 4yo’s and up! The winner Birdrun (son of Birdstone) got the early lead and was never headed all the way round! Coming 2nd was Drosselmeyer last year Belmont winner! Pedigree, Pedigree and Pedigree we can’t say it enough! Loose on the lead can work here you Shackleford fans!
4. As to early pace and the aforementioned Shackleford, ponder this, there are 4 horses in this race at 20/1 or higher on the morning/line what’s to say one or more of them gives old Shack some early hot company! Hey they’ve nothing to lose by trying it! I can think of several earlier 3yo contests where the supposed early speed wasn’t!
5. Finally, this is the first and maybe the last time these 3yo’s will ever run a 1 1/2 mile race and with a recent history of long shot winners here! So long odds shouldn’t be overlooked either! Make sure one of them finds their way onto at least one of your exotic plays!
Kentucky Derby winner was 20-1, Preakness winner was 12-1, last year’s Belmont winner was 13-1, dido for 2009 Belmont winner at 11-1 too! Remember “the trend is your friend until it comes to an end“! Enough said, right!
So have a really good Belmont Stakes everyone and thanks again for coming to “downthestretchs” for all your thoroughbred racing news and information!
Here a little something we found at Youtube on “Big Red“!