Belmont Stakes Morning Notes!

Yes, it’s finally Belmont Stakes day and the end of the Triple Crown trail is just meer hours away now! So here are some morning notes for your perusal!

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 “downthestretchsfor all your thoroughbred racing news and information!

Here a little something we found at Youtube on “Big Red“!


Master of Hounds Blows Out Quarter Mile |

Master of Hounds Blows Out Quarter Mile |

This is probably the final workout report for the 2011 Belmont Stakes. So Master of Hounds is out of that safety quarantine and is firing up for tomorrow’s big tilt!

We still don’t quite understand why Master of Hounds legendary trainer Aidan O’Brien didn’t leave him here in the states to train!

This horse has got more frequent-flyer miles than a national sales rep! We’ll know tomorrow at about 6:35 pm whether that was the correct training strategy or not!

So click the link above and read about this final Belmont Stakes workout!

Video of the same report below, plus workout updates on this year’s top contenders too!

2011 Belmont Stakes Post Positions, Morning/Lines Odds and Past Performances

*Did Google send you here looking for 2011 Haskell Invitational Past Performances? Then click Here!

The Official 2011 Belmont Stakes draw was just held and here is all the pertonate information below!

Horses will be listed by their Post Positons #’s!

Underlined Names are linked to that horse’s Past Perfomances – OR – Click “Here” to see all this year’s contenders Past Performances at a glance!

Link to our picks! , Link to Belmont Stakes futures odds for the very latest in betting odds!

By Post #/ Horse / Trainer / Jockey / M/L Odds

1.  Master Of Hounds       Aidan O’Brien          Garrett Gomez  10-1

2.  Stay Thirsty                  Todd Pletcher           Javier Castellano  20-1

3.  Ruler On Ice                 Kelly Breen               Jose Valdivia Jr.  20-1

4.  Santiva                          Eddie Kenneally       Shaun Bridgmohan  15-1

5.  Brilliant Speed             Tom Albertrani        Joel Rosario  15-1

6.  Nehro                             Steve Asmussen      Corey Nakatani  4-1

7.  Monzon                          Ignacio Correas       Jose Lezcano 30-1

8.  Prime Cut                      Neil Howard            Edgar Prado  15-1

9.  Animal Kingdom         Graham Motion    John Velazquez  2-1

10.Mucho Macho Man     Kathy Ritvo           Ramon Dominguez  10-1

11.  Isnt He Perfect        Doodnauth Shivmangal  Rajiv Maragh  30-1

12.  Shackleford                  Dale Romans         Jesus Castanon  9-2

Bloodlines and owners are on the Past Performances, Belmont Workout Reports are on our Side-Bar!

Click here  for a Morning Workout report video!