Belmont Stakes Day Full Selections - 06/07/13
Belmont Stakes Day Undercard Selections
Saturday, June 8th
Master Cip puts the blinkers on for this 6f sprint. He ran well last time out and has added a few solid workouts since. Master Cip has also scored over an off track. Dehere of the Cat threw in a dud last time out and should rebound nicely here with a good pace to run into. Rico Capote wired the field in his last start. Couple that with some good works and making his second start off the layoff, he should be live.
9 - 6 - 2 - 7
If the track is less than perfect Odea gets a bump up here as he returns to the dirt. The same can be said for Integrity. The lightly raced three year-old will be cutting back on the distance and should be forwardly placed. Bad Hombre, a winner last time out, will be moving up in class after breaking his maiden in his last start. If he improves off that figure he should be a factor.
5 - 7 - 4 - 2
With the potential for a soggy turf course, they may take this one off the grass. If that is the case, some MTO entries should factor in here. Isn'tshewonderful made a forward move around the far turn in her last try finishing fourth. Concealed had a nice stretch drive to finish third in her last start as well. If this race stays on the turf It's Your Dime faded late at 1 1/16 last try and figures to hold on at a shorter distance. Lara will be trying dirt for the first time and her breeding suggests a positive move. Atlantic's Smile will be making her first career start and has been training well leading up to this test.
6 - 4 - 9
MTO - 13 - 14
Captain Davrick will be making his third start off the layoff after running in second throughout last time out. Figures to improve here. Bernardo made a strong move in his last try to hit the board and has been improving in each recent trip. Can't Catch Me Now should be running into a decent pace to hopefully get a piece.
8 - 4 - 12
Dyker Beach unleashed a furious stretch drive to miss by a head last time out. Figures to improve at the shorter distance. Howie's Tiz will be making his second start off the layoff after posting a BRIS speed figure that would be good enough in this field. Risky Asset can run well over an off track which may come into play here. He will also be cutting back on the distance which is to his benefit.
2 - 6 - 9 - 7
Easy Goer Stakes $150K
1 1/16 Miles
This first stakes race on the card, the Easy Goer for three year-olds, is full of early speed with the likes of Wabbajack, New Line and Power Broker. I like those three on top in here. It looks like they can control the pace down the back stretch in this one turn try. Most of the horses in here will be moving up in class from their last starts so it should be a level playing field. Always in a Tiz skipped the Belmont for this, but I'm having trouble backing him here. Irsaal could be a good bet at a decent price.
8 - 5 - 2 - 4
G-II True North Handicap
Sage Valley has won four straight, posting a career best 107 BRIS speed figure in his last effort. He will be making his second start off a layoff in here and should be forwardly placed. Fast Bullet will set the early fractions which figure to be modest. I'm thinking close to a :23 opening quarter mile. He wired this field last time out, couple that with a controlling style up front, he should figure in here. The defending champion in here Caix Eletronica unleashed a wildly impressive stretch run to take this stakes race last year. With no shot at the top of the stretch, he stormed down the stretch and got up at the wire. The pace last year was faster than I think it will be this time around but I like Caixa Eletronica to get a piece running late.
6 - 1 - 5 - 3
G-I Just A Game
1 Mile (Turf)
Depending on the weather, this race will setup differently for the horses underneath. No matter what happens I like Centre Court on top here. She is a model of consistency. In 10 career turf starts she has never finished worse than second. Centre Court has won three straight stakes races all with speed figures that would be good enough against these foes. Over a firm turf course Dayatthespa will set up the early pace scenario and figures to improve making her second start off the layoff. If the turf is not firm, I don't see this horse making it to the starting gate. Mizdirection is shipping in from the West Coast and is simply better than the other horses not mentioned here. If the turf course is rated as 'Good' I like Centre Court on top as I mentioned and then the two rivals to her inside, Stephanie's Kitten and Hungry Island. Both have solid late pace figures and will relish the less than perfect grass.
Firm - 3 - 4 - 6
Good - 3 - 2 -1
G-II Woody Stephens Stakes
The pace should be swift in here with the likes of Let Em Shine, Merit Man and Zee Bros. But that sets up perfectly for the rail horse Declan's Warrior. He is making is second start off the layoff and if he can run back to his form in the G-II Bay Shore, he will be tough to beat. Clearly Now came up just short in the Bay Shore last time out beaten by a head. He should be fresh on Saturday. Zee Bros and Let Em Shine will set the early fractions as I mentioned and should hold on for a piece.
1 - 9 - 6 - 11
G-I Manhattan Handicap
1 1/4 Miles (Turf)
Point of Entry is the best older male turf horse in the country right now and no matter what the condition of the turf he is the one to beat. He hasn't raced in three months but has fired off the layoff in the past. There's no reason to think he won't do the same in here. He has won over a yielding course as well. Underneath, Twilight Eclipse ran a field best 111 BRIS speed figure last time out in the G-II Pan America at Gulfstream. He has not raced since so he should be fresh. I like Plainview in here as well. I know he will be making a jump up in class to a G-I but modest improvement should have him in the mix. Optimizer is another quality turf horse. He ran well finishing third in the G-II Dixie on the Preakness undercard. Any improvement off that effort should make him very competitive.
1 - 8 - 6 - 5
G-I Belmont Stakes
1 1/2 Miles
See separate post.
Gimmie Credit looks to be the chalk in this field. If it gets taken off the turf, Reggie D can impress. Why Not Whisky can run well at the shorter distance.
7 - 14 - 5
Yankee Fortune runs better at route distances and that's exactly what he will find here. With any improvement Nineinthenine should get up from the rail and close into a fair pace. Rover will be fresh for this one and could figure in underneath.
7 - 1 - 12