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Belmont Stakes Day Betting Guide, Presented by MaxActionSports.com
1st – Allowance Nx-2 3 Year Olds & Upward 1 1/16thMile – 7 Potomac (7-5) is the class of this race, but is running his 1strace since being claimed. Jose Oritz remains in the saddle going for 3 straight wins. 5 Principled (2-1) is lightly raced having won his last effort in a MSW going 1 mile. 1 Mo Gotcha (5-1) is progressing through conditions having showed in an Nx-1. 3 Sea Foam (7-2) is a short price for a talented colt that has lost his way as of late. Bets – Exacta Box 6,5,1
2nd – Maiden 90K 3 Year Olds and Upward, 1 ¼ Mile Inner Turf – 1 Overbold (5-2) has two 3rds at 1 1/16th and is attempting his 5th try at this level. 2 Better Tapit (6-1) is running his first race for Steve Asmussen and Richardo Santana Jr. 4 No Mans Land (2-1) is 0-4 at the 90k level, but distance is no issue. 9 – Uncle Artie (9-2) is carrying the heavyweight and is a short price for a 4 year old who has bounced from Fair Grounds to Keenland to Monmouth. Bets – Win 4 Exacta Box 1,2,4
3rd – Easy Goer Stakes 3 Year Olds, 1 1/16thMile – 6 Alwaysmining (6-5) ran 11th in the Preakness in his only race not at Laurel. Javier Castellano gets the mount. 1 Still Dreaming (8-1) won an Allowance race going 7 furlongs in April. 4 Outshine (9-5) 2nd in Tampa Bay Derby, 10thin the Wood, trained by Pletcher and ridden by Johnny V, too short a price. 5 – Majid (6-1) has won 3 in a row and flying through the conditions. Last race was 1 mile, distance should not be a problem. Bets – WPS 5 Exacta Box 5,4,6
4th Longines Just a Game (Grade 1) for Fillies and Mares 4 Years Old and Upward, 1 Mile Widener Turf – 1 Daddy is a Legend (6-1) was 3rd in the Distaff Mile at Churchill and now is carrying the lightweight of 115 lbs. Hasn’t shown the ability to beat top level competition for trainer George Weaver. 3 Beau Recall (4-1) has won 2 straight and 3 of last 4. Irad keeps the mount having won the Distaff last time out. 4 Rushing Fall (4-5) has only lost 1 time in the last 6 tries and that was by a neck last May. When Chad Brown and Javier team up it is a clear sign that they have the best horse in the field. 7 Got Stormy (6-1) has finished in the money 3 straight times and should be near the lead in this race too. Bets – Win 4 Tri Box 4,1,3,7 Daily Double 4/2 Pick 3 4/2/6,8
5th Ogden Phipps (Grade 1) for Fillies and Mares 4 Year Old and Upward, 1 1/16th Mile – 2 Midnight Bisou (1-1) is perhaps the best horse that will run all day, but she hasn’t been running away with her last 3 wins which were all by a length or less. 1 Come Dancing (6-5) has won two straight including a 6 length romp over 3 Pacific Wind (12-1) who has clearly lost a step at age 5. 4 Escape Clause (9-2) lost by a nose to Midnight Bisou in the Apple Blossom on April 14th. 5 Mopotism (15-1) hasn’t recorded a win in over 6 starts. Bets – Show 3 Exacta Box 2,1,4 Tri Box 2,1,4 Daily Double 2/6,8 Pick 3 2/6,8/1,5
6th Jaipur (Grade 1) 4 Year Olds and Upward, 6 Furlongs Widener Turf – 6 Disco Partner (3-1) has won this race two times in a row. His best performances are all at Belmont going 6F with Irad Ortiz Jr and that is exactly what we have today. 7 Belvoir Bay (5-1) has finished in the money 5 straight times for Peter Miller and Flavien Prat. 8 World of Trouble (1-1) is poised to cement his control of the division with a win here. Last lost was Stormy Liberal in the Breeders Cup Turf Sprint. 1 Undrafted (12-1) is not a top horse anymore at age 9, but does have a knack for coming up in big in big races (unlike his owner who dropped a key pass in the Super Bowl). Bets – WPS 6 Exacta Box 6,7,8
7th Acorn (Grade 1) Fillies 3 Year Old, 1 Mile – 1 Serengeti Empress (5-2) has alternated 1st and 7th in her last 4 races and is due for a 7th. Irad takes over for his brother who won the Kentucky Oaks in May. 2 Jeltrin (12-1) ran a terrible 10thin the Oaks, but was quality in her previous 5, winning twice in that span. 3 Cookie Dough (6-1) has finished in the money 5 straight times and had back to back 1 wins in Sept. Castellano might be the catalyst to get her to beat the top fillies in this division. 4 Bell’s the One (20-1) was a distant 2nd in the 8 Belles on Oaks Day, but has good speed figures and offers tons of value. 5 Fancy Dress Party (10-1) is 4 for 4 lifetime and has done nothing wrong while breezing through her conditions. 7 Guarana (2-1) won her only race by 14 lengths and when Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz team up you have to take notice. 9 Ce Ce (9-2) win and place in only two starts and doesn’t offer any value, but if her odds rise she is worth a play. Bets – Tri Box 3,5,1 WPS 4,5,2
8th Woody Stephens (Grade 1) 3 Year Olds, 7 Furlongs – 1 Honest Mischief (6-1) has the connections that you dream about. Brown, Castellano, and Juddmonte team up on this talented colt who won a MSW by 8 lengths. 2 Much Better (5-1) only has 2 wins in 8 tries, but has lost to top competition. 4 Complexity (4-1) is racing for the first time as a 3 year old, after losing by 20 lengths in the Breeders Cup Juvenile. 6 Nitrous (10-1) has scored 2 non graded stake wins in his last 3 races and is trained by Steve Asmussen. 9 Mind Control (5-2) Johnny V has ridden him to two wins and 1 place including a grade 3 win in the Bayshore. 11 Wendell Fong (10-1) has won 3 of 4 lifetime all going 6 furlongs including a non graded stake win on the Belmont track. Bets – Exacta Box 9,1,6 Exacta Box 2,9,4
9th Metropolitan Mile (Grade 1) 3 Year Old and Upward, 1 Mile – 1 Coal Front (6-1) has won 3 in a row, but this is the first race since returning from Dubai. He has never won a Grade 1. 2 McKinzie (5-2) is improving with each race and won twice, placed twice during a 4 race span. 3 Mitole (3-1) has won 6 straight all by 2 ¾ lengths or more, but none going a mile or further. 4 Thunder Snow (5-1) is a 2x Dubai World Cup winner, but hasn’t enjoyed the same success in the States or at shorter distances. 6 Promises Fulfilled (12-1) lost to a terrific Mitole on Derby day, will be on lead with Coal Front and Mitole. 7 Firenze Fire (4-1) is a step below the top contenders, but has a nose for the wire. He is best going 6 furlongs, but did win the Grade 3 Dwyer going 1 mile at Belmont. 9 Prince Lucky (12-1) if his odds hold he presents a ton of value even if he is a step slower than Mitole and co. Bets – Win 3 Tri Box 3,4,,9,2 Straight Tri 3,2,7,6
10th Manhattan (Grade 1) 4 Year Olds and Upward, 1 ¼ Mile Inner Turf – 4 Qurbaan has finished in the money 6 straight times for Kiran McLaughlin and Mike Smith. He hasn’t gone this far and his pedigree isn’t the best distance wise. 5 – Channel Cat (20-1) is a true distance horse who had 2 straight wins before a tough 4th in the Fort Marcy. 7 Olympico (6-1) won the Fort Marcy going 1 1/8 here at Belmont and is carrying the lightweight of 116lbs. 8 Bricks and Mortar (7-5) is the class of the division and has 4 straight including the Turf Classic by ½ length and driving. 9 Epical (15-1) was a real quality runner at Santa Anita before a baffleing 5th in the Man o War Stakes at Belmont. 10 Channel Maker (9-2) won the Man o War in his last start and is a classic turf distance monster. Bets – Win 8 Exacta Box 8,10 Exacta Box 8,10,7,4 Daily Double 8,10/10
11th Belmont Stakes (Grade 1) 3 Year Olds, 1 ½ Miles – For a full breakdown of all 10 entries check out Horse Racing Rich's preview video https://youtu.be/y6C9zM2ly7I
12th Allowance Optional Claiming 62,500K 3 Year Olds and Upward Nx-3 1 1/8th Miles Inner Turf – 1 Prioritize (7-2) ran a quality 3rd last October and was 5th in most recent. 3 Abiding Star (9-2) has 2 wins in last 4 races both at the 35 and 40K claiming level. 8 Harlan’s Harmony (5-1) two 2nds at this level and at 1 mile. 5 Near Gold (8-1) is an English Shipper running for the 1st time in the States. Two 2nds and one 1st in last three races all going 1 3/16 on the turf. Bets – WPS 5 Exacta Box 1,8,5
13th Brooklyn Invational (Grade 2) 4 Year Olds and Upward, 1 ½ Miles – 1 Marconi (9-2) is a talented Tapit with 2 straight wins going 1 3/16ths or further and is carrying only 177lbs. 2 Campaign (7-2) won the Santa Anita Grade 3 Stakes going 1 ½ last time out and is training as well as anyone. 3 Sonneteer (10-1) only has 3 wins in 25 starts, but won last race by 7 ¼ lengths. 4 War Story (5-1) has a bad habit of finishing second. 6 Rocketry (7-2) had won 2 straight before Marconi established himself as the division leader. 7 You’re to Blame (3-1) has been in the money 6 straight times including 3 wins. Jose Ortiz will only help this talented horse. 8 Realm (15-1) is better the longer he goes and offers the best value in a crowded even field of contenders. Bets – Win 1,8 Exacta Box 1,6,7,8 WS 3
A City Girls Guide to the Belmont Stakes (In case you are still trying to convince you lady friend to make the trip)
With the Preakness in the books the racing world turns its' attention to the Belmont Stakes. Some may say that the absence of a Triple Crown threat means the Belmont is just another race, but the truth is what the actual race may lack in hype, the day makes up for in pure enjoyment. No Triple Crown means the sheer number of people will be diminished from a bulging 100,000+ to a mere 70,000-80,000. The missing people make the day since you'll now be able to move around without feeling like Moses trying to split the Red Sea. Of course there are few tips that you should follow to maximize your fun and get the most out of the Richest Day in Racing and of course what for many is a once in a lifetime experience. So without further ado here is what every young woman has been waiting for, a comprehensive guide to the Belmont Stakes.
An absolute piece of cake, hop on the LIRR and get off at the Belmont stop. Yes that’s right there is a stop right at the race track and on Belmont day the trains run double so you'll have plenty of choices for when you'd like to arrive. The first race is slated to go off at 11:35 , but you should plan on arriving by 10am if you want prime seats along the apron. One thing to note, the train platform is a bit of walk, maybe 10 mins to the grandstand so comfortable shoes are recommended (this will be covered in the what to wear section as well). You will also receive a discount on General Admission if you show your train ticket so be sure to hold on it until you purchase admission to the track.
Now the ticketing situation at race tracks are always a matter of personal preferences, do you like to sit and watch or are you move of a mover and walk arounder? Do you want to be in the "party" surrounded by romper clad betches and bearded bowties bros or would you rather enjoy a laid back afternoon watching the races? The choice is yours and luckily no matter what you like Belmont has plenty of it for you. With no Triple Crown you do not have to pre buy tickets even if you want to sit in the grandstand, of course if you want to you can at BelmontStakes.com the cheapest will run you close to $70. Bottom line simply purchase general admission when you arrive and find some benches track side to call home and then you are free to mill around.
What to Bring:
This year might be different so I'll suggest that you refer to Belmont's website https://www.belmontstakes.com/event-info/security to see if they are even allowing anything to be brought in, but in years past you are allowed to bring in clear plastic bags with unopened plastic bottles and cans, coolers are not allowed. But hey that doesn't mean enterprising young ladies like yourself can figure out a way to get some booze into the track. Best bet, fill up some cranberry juice bottles with red wine and put them in your bag with a bag a chips and some other bottles of water. You'll definitely want to bring water. Basically you can sneak anything you'd like in as long as it is in a bag. My friends and I have brought in a bag filled with 6 ice tea bottles of liquor and no one said one word. Pro Tip, once inside with you drinks ask one of the beer venders for a cup of ice, that way you can enjoy you wine/ mixed drink icy cold. You can bring food, but I wouldn't go crazy, there are a bunch of food trucks that have tasty treats and of course they have the regular stadium food ie, chicken tenders, hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers and fries.
What to Wear:
I'm not going to pretend to be a expert on Women's fashion and let me assure you I’m no expert in the mens fashion department either. What I will say is the comfortable shoes are a must! Whether that means flats, sneakers, wedges, or heels if your feet have simply given up any hope of not hurting, but the point is WEAR something you can wear all day, because you'll be more on less on your feet ALL DAY. Normal dress for the Belmont is a mix of party and sun dresses with a healthy sprinkling and ever-growing parade of rompers last year. This year I'm sure rompers (both male and female) will be much more prevalent, but hey that's up to you. Now you’re probably thinking, Do I need a hat? Hats are synonymous with horse races and Belmont is no different, so do you need one, no, but will it keep the sun off your face and make you look like a pro, yes! Purses, handbags, and clutches are clumsy and will be a constant "what do I do with this now" question, so just grab some cash, your ID, a credit card, shove it in your bra and have fun. If you must be a bring a "bag" bring a small one, you'll thank me the first time you want to get something to eat and have 2 free hands to carry your food and drink.
Do I need to Bet?
Betting is a personal thing, not everyone loves eating nothing but ramen noodles for a month after losing a grand on a Tuesday night Mets game in extra innings... no judging it was a lock. Seriously though while you don't have to know anything about horse racing you should bring a few dollars to wager. It gives you a routing interest and makes the day a lot more fun. Bring $20 and pick you old soccer number, or a horse that has the same name as your first boyfriend, it doesn't matter why you pick a horse but pick a horse and cheer him or her home.
Do's and Don'ts
Do walk around and experience everything. The backyard, the paddock, food tuck alley, are all wonderful one of a kind things to do and really enrich the whole experience.
Do sneak in your own booze
Don't over do it early on the booze. Think beach drinking, slow and steady does it, especially since you're in the sun all day
Do bet some races
Don't get discouraged when you lose a bet
Do bring a blue tooth speaker
Do WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES
Most of all DO have fun, the Belmont Stakes is one of the biggest days in Horse Racing and whether you're a fan of the sport of not it is something to see the best in the world do what they do best.