Belmont Stakes - July 13, 2012
We're back from a brief freshening and have two races apiece from both Belmont Park (hosting it's final "Party in the Park") and Monmouth. First post at Belmont is 3:00 PM EST and at Monmouth it's 12:45.
A reminder that a week from today historic Saratoga opens for it's 40-day session that will end on September 3 (Labor Day).
We return to the West Coast today with four premium racing selections.
Get all of today's premium racing picks here.
Top pick: #3 (BACK POCKET MONEY) - One of two horses entered in this bottom priced ($5000) claimer by trainer Jorge Navarro and the pair race uncoupled. Jersey-bred has spent most of his career on this surface and is (22-5-3-4) on it. 6-year-old raced evenly here in an allowance for fellow state-breds on June 16th in his first start since Nov. 18. Takes a big drop for this and is the horse to beat.
2nd pick: #2 (East to West) - Veteran was an easy winner here at this price on May 12th, then pressed and tired to run second last out to a "much the best" winner. Speedy sort has C.C. Lopez back aboard and this 7-year-old gelding is a win candidate.
3rd pick: #1 (Honest Paul) - The second of the Navarro pair, he's gone (7-1-1-5) since joining this barn and this stalker draws the rail. Consistent sort needs to do a bit better for any chance at the win.
4th pick: #7 (Splendid Behavior) - He had some promise earlier in his career when in the barn of Steve Asmussen, but was away for just over a year beginning in Jan of 2011 and is now running at the local bottom. He was a gate to wire winner at Philly Park on May 12th, then missed by a head here at this price last out. Dangerous with his best.
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