HALLANDALE BEACH FL, June 2, 2021 — As a prelude to its signature event at Belmont Park, the racing office of the New York Racing Association has crafted a competitive card that features quality, quantity and bet-ability.
There are four graded events and the listed Tremont Stakes for juvenile males. Normally, we don’t pay too much attention to early season stakes for 2-year-olds but this six-horse field has three freshmen that looked very good on video.
Let’s effort to build a bankroll for Saturday’s eight Grade 1s bonanza
TREMONT STAKES Race 3
STRAIGHT WAGER: 3-Overbore (5-2) to win at 2-1 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Key-Box 3 with 4-Trust Our Journey (8-1) and 6-Little Drama (2-1). Trifecta Box 3-4-6.
G2 TRUE NORTH STAKES Race 7
STRAIGHT WAGER: 1-Firenze Fire (2-1) to win at 8-5 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 1-7 Firenze Fire with Phat Man (6-1). Trifecta Box: 1-2- Flagstaff (5-2) and 7-Phat Man
G3 BED O’ ROSES STAKES Race 8
STRAIGHT WAGER: 1-Lake Avenue (6-1) to win at 9-2 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta and Trifecta Key-Box 1 with 3-5-7. 1 with 3-Alandra (12-1`), 5-Victim of Love (7-2) and 7-Pacific Gale (9-2).
G2 NEW YORK STAKES Race 9
STRAIGHT WAGER: 6-Civil Union (12-1) to win at 6-1 or greater.
EXOTICA: Exacta and Trifecta Box 5-6-7–5-Harvey’s Lil Goil (3-1) with 6 with 7-Mean Mary (9-2).
G2 BELMONT GOLD CUP STAKES Race 10
STRAIGHT WAGER: 4-Conviction Trade (10-1) to win at 6-1 or greater.
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 4-8. Conviction Trade with 8-Baron Samedi (8-5).
All suggested exotic wagers are at available minimums. Straight Wagers: $2
BELMONT ENTRANTS WITH EARLY ODDS
1-BOURBONIC: 15-1 – The Wood Memorial winner has a small amount of speed but really prefers to make the last run, as he did winning his Kentucky Derby prep. There may be enough of a contested pace to suit a late runner, but a deep closer? Not my kind of Belmont Stakes horse.
2-ESSENTIAL QUALITY: 2-1 – We’ve been over this ground before: Does the juvenile champion want a mile and a half? On paper, not necessarily; on style, possibly. He’s a classy galloper with speed and he keeps coming at you. Lost too much ground in the Derby and surged gamely at the end. A deserving favorite but I wouldn’t answer the win question at anything less than 5-2. Looms the pocket sitter.
3-ROMBAUER: 3-1 – Not sure he is getting the respect worthy of a classic winner. He’s won on three different surfaces, was Grade 1-placed at 2, a good, troubled third in the Blue Grass, was ready for the Derby but the owner chose the Preakness instead. Loses Prat but gets Johnny. Why can’t he move forward? He won’t need to come from the clouds. Why won’t the race set up for him?
4-HOT ROD CHARLIE: 7/2 – Loved his Louisiana Derby and really liked his Kentucky Derby, too. Skipping the Preakness wins Belmonts and five weeks looks like a perfect fit for this individual. Love the way he’s worked for this and must be impressed that Prat honored his call after winning the Preakness with the stretch-dominant Rombauer. Can win while racing on the pace throughout.
5-FRANCE GO de INA: 30-1 – Made an interesting mid-race move in Baltimore before backing out of there. Connections probably were targeting this all along. Still, if on outlander wins this one, our best guess is that it will be the other one.
6-KNOWN AGENDA: 6-1 – Our choice in the Florida and Kentucky Derbies. While his effort in Louisville was extremely disappointing it wasn’t as bad as it looked at first blush. I wish I knew what that means going into the Belmont, but I don’t. His style suggests he’ll be a mid-pack racer that will be put into the race on the far turn. From there, I have no idea what to expect.
7-ROCK YOUR WORLD: 9/2 – Totally eliminated at the start of the Derby so he maintains his upside potential. But his most important score was with the racetrack on Santa Anita Derby day. Worked a bullet five-eighths before leaving SoCal and is the likeliest pace setter in this matchup as outside draw seems to dictate, early on anyway. Bet that his rivals won’t allow anything too soft up front.
8-OVERTOOK: 20-1 – The barn knows how to win Belmonts and this Curlin’s a million-dollar baby that could be ready to reach his full potential here. His third in the Peter Pan was a better than appeared one-paced grinding third at the end. It was as if he was just getting started after cranking up very wide at the turn. He is expected to move forward from that first start in three months.
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