Estilo Talentoso and Baron Samedi got the job done yesterday, but no juicy prices. The Conductor is tingling looking at this Belmont Stakes card. Its time for battle, Let’s Ride.
Race 3: 7 Furlongs. G1 Woody Stephens Stakes
#6 Caddo River (4/1) – Cutting back to a sprint after dueling going longer, this colt looks to get a perfect stalking trip from the outside. There looks to be a scorching pace for #3 Jackie’s Warrior (7/5) to deal with. #4 Dream Shake (5/2) would be the Ductor’s 2nd choice.
Race 5: 1 Mile. F.G1 Acorn Stakes
#3 Miss Brazil (5/1) – This filly was only beaten only 1/2 length by #6 Search Results (1/1), the deserving favorite, in March. She couldn’t have looked better last time and the Ductor thinks she’s improving and will be very tough to pass in the stretch at a nice number. #4 Dayoutoftheoffice (4/1) has a major chance 2nd off the layoff as well.
Race 7: 1 1/16 Mile. F.G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes
#7 Bonny South (10/1) – Its a small field after scratches, but she’ll likely be an overlay in the horizontals. She ran some monster races last year and is working her eyeballs out 2nd off the layoff. She can upset the heavy favorites #3 Letruska (9/5) and #5 Shedaresthedevil (5/2).
Race 8: 1 Mile. (Turf F.G1 Longines Just a Game Stakes
*Gullet Shot of the Day #9 Summer Romance (6/1) – The Conductor likes both the Appleby runners in here and prefers this filly after the scratch of Blowout. She’ll be on the lead and be very tough to run down.
Race 9: 1 Mile. G1 Hill ‘N’ Dale Met Mile
#6 Knicks Go (6/5) – Gate to wire.
Race 10: 1 1/4 Mile. (Inner Turf) Manhattan-G1
#4 Domestic Spending (3/1) – He’s a monster and the clear one to beat in the Ductor’s opinion. However, there are some prices the he likes as well. #2 Bye Bye Melvin (30/1) was wide around both turns last time and has been wide in his last few starts. 3rd off the layoff today, he runs his best on softer ground and will get a ground saving trip today. #7 Channel Cat (12/1) was incredibly gutsy last time on the front end and although he’ll take early pressure today, the Conductor will be including him.
Race 11: 1½ Mile. G1 Belmont Stakes
#7 Rock Your World (9/2) – Any of the contenders would not surprise the Ductor in here, but he has to give this colt another try after getting wiped out in the Derby. With a clean break today, he looks to be the controlling speed and he doesn’t need the lead if he doesn’t want it. If you watch his gallop outs, the distance should be no issue and he could be the most talented of this bunch. The Ductor will be pressing Rock Your World in his bets, but can’t knock #2 Essential Quality (2/1), #3 Rombaur (3/1), #4 Hot Rod Charlie (7/2) and #6 Known Agenda (6/1).