Archive for June 7th, 2014

Feeling Like A “Princess” At The Belmont Ball (6/7/14)

Jun 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Belmont, Today's Picks, Triple Crown

Fast and firm for Belmont Stakes Day — this may be the greatest day of racing ever presented by a New York track  with 5 grade 1′s and a very competitive card!  Oh yeah — and California Chrome has a chance to become the first triple crown winner since 1978!  Whatever happens, this will be a day of racing for the ages and this handicapper is ready for the challenge.  On Friday’s card, I only had 2 winners on top, but one was a best bet and the other was the $20.60 winner of the Grade 2 True North which gave me a flat bet profit for the day, so while winners will be difficult to come up with today, I will do my best!

In race 7, The Grade 1 Ogden Phipps, Princess of Sylmar (#6) got smoked by Beholder (#5) in the Breeders Cup, but had no chance against a speed bias that day — if Friday’s fair track remains in play for the Belmont card, I’ll take the 8-5 second choice to run them down late in a race packed with speed.  This is the key to all your multi-race wagers and the best bet all day long!

In race 10, The Grade 1 Manhattan, Real Solution (#8) couldn’t get up in The ManOWar, but the pace will be much faster today and 1 1/4 miles will be exactly what the doctor ordered — key in all doubles and pick 3′s and play an exacta box with #’s 5 and 6.

In race 13, In Trouble (#5) meets much easier and will love the cut back today — key in all late multi-race wagers and play an exacta box with #’s 14 and 4.

In race 11, The Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, California Chrome (#2) is the logical choice and the sentimental choice — should sit a perfect trip on or just off a slow pace and open up in the stretch.  However, it’s possible that Wicked Strong (#9) runs him down late and spoils the triple crown bid — as a bettor, I have to take 6-1 on Wicked Strong.  Play him up and down with #’s 2 and 11.  Here’s the entire card and good luck!

Race 1: 2, 6 and 7

Race 2: 7, 1 and 4

Race 3: 8, 4 and 2

Race 4: 9, 10 and 11

Race 5: 5, 11 and 3

Race 6: 5, 7 and 3

Race 7: 6 (Best Bet) and 1

Race 8: 6, 10 and 9

Race 9: 9, 10 and 4

Race 10: 8 (Best Bet) with 5 and 6

Race 11: 9, 2 and 11

Race 12: 4, 1 and 12

Race 13: 5 (Best Bet) with 14 and 4