Am I watching the Belmont? lol...I woke up at 5 a.m. today....
NYRA has put together a phenomenal race card today - all the races running at Belmont today are fantastic.
@ 1:16 you've got the Jaipur Invitational with the lovely Ben's Cat (he is just a great horse).
@ 1:45 you've got the Woody Stephens with Social Inclusion, Coup de Grace, Bayern, Kobe's Back, etc.
@ 2:34 you've go the Acorn with Fashion Plate, My Miss Sophia, Fiftyshadesofgold, etc.
@ 3:14 There is the Ogden Phipps - with the powerhouse fillies Princess of Sylmar, Close Hatches, and Beholder, etc.
@ 4:48 There is the Met Mile with rocking Palace Malice meeting Goldencents, Normandy Invasion, Moreno and Vyjack, etc.
Whew - then there is the actual Belmont Stakes!!!!
Here are the full entries for today: www.equibase.com/static/entry/BEL060714USA
Race coverage starts (eastern time) 11:35 on TVG channel, 2pm on NBCsports channel, 4 pm NBC or stream live: post time for Belmont Stakes 6:52 stream.nbcsports.com/liveextra/
Now, as far as California Chrome....if California Chrome has a chink in his armor, it’s up to these 10 colts to discover it:
PP#1: Medal Count: (8th Derby) His Dynaformer breeding means he could go the distance, but is he only a synthetic track specialist?
PP#2: California Chrome
PP#3: Matterhorn: Lost his last 3 races, this Tapit colt is out of his depth, possibly entered by trainer Todd Pletcher as a rabbit for Commissioner.*
PP#4: Commanding Curve: (2nd Derby) Out of Master Command, he’s a good stalker, but can he go a mile and a half?
PP#5: Ride On Curlin (2nd Preakness, 7th Derby) This stalking son of Curlin is possibly Cali Chrome’s biggest threat, and is bred to go the distance.
PP#6: Matuszak: This Bernardini colt is on a 7 race losing streak. Why is he entered?
PP#7: Samraat: (5th Derby): This Noble Causeway colt is a plucky stalker, with Belmont as his home track, but is a mile and a half too much for this N.Y. bred grinder?
PP#8: Commissioner: This son of A.P. Indy has had a lot of excuses and not a lot of wins, but the Belmont Distance shouldn’t be a problem for him.*
PP#9: Wicked Strong (4th Derby): floundering a bit since his Wood win, this talented colt out of Hard Spun Colt is well rested, and could come on at the end with a burst of speed.
PP#10: General A Rod (4th Preakness): His Roman Ruler/Dynaformer cross breeding means he can go the distance, but he will need to get a good trip and a bit of luck in order to make it happen.
PP#11: Tonalist: With Tapit as his sire, he is certainly bred for speed, and he is fresh; but can he handle the monster mile and a half?
* The Matterhorn / Rabbit question: A rabbit is the speedball who breaks out of the gate and runs like the wind with one mission in life: to set up the race for a stablemate who does his best running late in the race.
The rabbit does this by firing a burst of early pace that forces the other speed horses in the race to run faster and longer than they'd like, thereby setting the stage for his pal to execute his customary finishing kick with drama and effect and with dwindling opposition.
Although Matterhorn and Commissioner are not stablemates, they are both Pletcher trained, which makes this an interesting possibility.
(lol.....horse racing is my hobby, so I write about it a lot online ha ha ha)
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