Saturday, June 6, 2009

Belmont Stakes and other stakes picks

*WARNING VERY LONG POST AHEAD* So since I have the time beforehand I thought I would post my picks for every single stakes race today at Belmont. The True North Handicap, Just a Game Stakes, Woody Stephens, Acorn Stakes, Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap and of course the Belmont Stakes. I'll start off with the True North.

The True North Handicap
G2 $250,000
Six furlongs on the dirt

1.Benny the Bull 123 .lbs 5/2
2.Silver Edition 114 .lbs 8/1
3.Two Step Salsa 119 .lbs 3/1
4.Sixthirteen 114 .lbs 12/1
5.Desert Key 115 .lbs 6/1
6.Fabulous Strike 122 .lbs 2/1

I like Benny the Bull here to win, Two Step Salsa to place, and Silver Edition to show.

Just a Game Stakes
G1 $400,000
One mile on the turf, 118 lbs. all except Forever Together 123 .lbs

1.Carribean Sunset 6/1
2.Raw Silk 10/1
3.Captain's Lover 8/1
4.I Lost My Choo 15/1
5.Forever Together 6/5
6.Modern Look 8/1
7.Diamondrella 8/1
8.My Princess Jess 5/1

I like Forever Together(of course) to win, Raw Silk to place and Diamondrella to show.

The Woody Stephens
G2 $250,000
Seven furlongs on the dirt

1.Regal Ransom 123 .lbs 2/1
2.Everyday Heroes 123 .lbs 2/1
3.This ones for phil 123 .lbs 7/2
4.Gone Astray 117 .lbs 15/1
5.Munnings 117 .lbs 4/1
6.Triumphant Flight 121 .lbs 15/1
7.Hello Broadway 117 .lbs 12/1
8.Kensei 117 .lbs 15/1
9.Hull 123 .lbs 3/1

I like Everyday Heroes to win, Regal Ransom to place and This ones for phil to show.

The Acorn Stakes
G1 $300,000
One mile on the dirt, all 121 .lbs

1.Casanova Move 6/1
2.Gabby's Golden Gal 15/1
3.Be Fair 12/1
4.Funny Moon 8/1
5.Doremifasollatido 6/1
6.Livin Lovin 15/1
7.Dream Play 6/1
8.Justwhistledixie 8/5
9.Four gifts 6/1

I like Four gifts to win, Justwhistledixie to place and Gabby's Golden Gal to show.

The Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap
G1 $400,000
One and one fourth miles on the turf

1.Court vision 120 .lbs 4/1
2.Optimer 110 .lbs 4/1
3.Champs Elysees 119 .lbs 12/1
4.Zambezi Sun 116 .lbs 12/1
5.Marsh Side 117 .lbs 20/1
6.Premium Gold 113 .lbs 20/1
7.Gio Ponti 120 .lbs 7/2
8.Wesley 116 .lbs 12/1
9.Senior 112 .lbs 50/1
10.Better Talk Now 117 .lbs 15/1
11.Cosmonaut 116 .lbs 6/1
12.Interpatation 114 .lbs 20/1
13.Lauro 117 .lbs 15/1
14.Cowboy Cal 120 .lbs 3/1

I'll pick Cosmonaut to win, Cowboy Cal to place and Court vision to show.

The Belmont Stakes
G1 $1,000,000
One and a half miles on the dirt, all 126 .lbs

1.Chocolate Candy 10/1
2.Dunkirk 4/1
3.Mr. Hot Stuff 15/1
4.Summer Bird 12/1
5.Luv Gov 20/1
6.Charitable Man 3/1
7.Mine that Bird 2/1
8.Flying Private 12/1
9.Miner's Escape 15/1
10.Brave Victory 15/1

This is a hard race to handicap but I have to go with Charitable Man to win, Dunkirk to place and Mine that Bird to show.

I'll have my post race analysis tomorrow. Have a great day of racing!


  1. If you had told me that Desormeaux would lose the Belmont with Big Brown but win it with Summer Bird, I would have thought you were on something...btw Better Talk Now getting up for third was really something...he's ten years old!

  2. Yeah Desormeaux had an awesome day today winning four races. I thought Dunkirk had it till Summer bird blew by him. Reminded me of his daddy Birdstone passing Smarty Jones. Better Talk Now really did well in this race. I sucked at picks today though. Didn't pick one winner. Oh well.

  3. I really thought that Chocolate Candy could get the distance...did you know that Gomez has never won a Triple Crown race?

  4. I didn't have any faith for Candy. Yeah I think it's pretty surprising he doesn't have a win yet in the Crown. Reminds me a bit of Todd Pletcher before 2007's Belmont with Rags.