Thursday, June 5, 2014

June 6-8 - Belmont Stakes

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California Chrome hopes to become only
the 12th winner of the Triple Crown
The third leg of the Triple Crown is on the line on Saturday, June 7.  This blog post contains only the race lineup and cards for the Friday and Saturday's racing, which includes full race cards for Belmont Stakes DayBelmont Stakes day features 6 Grade 1 events, plus other graded stakes and looks to draw a record crowd to Belmont Park. 
For details about the Belmont Stakes, Please go to this link for all things Belmont Stakes - click here  This link is to a special blog post covering the Triple Crown run.  Includes a compendium of links for handicapping tools, plus each Belmont Stakes entry is covered in depth with links to workouts, charts and past performances (includes a video of each horse's past races).  This content is updated daily.
Jeremy Plonk's COUNTDOWN TO THE CROWN (click here) is a comprehensive source for handicapping information.  Here is this week's edition, and the specifics for handicapping the Belmont start on page 35, however, check the rest of the magazine for more information on other aspects of this big weekend. 

A full listing of NBC's coverage for both Friday and Saturday, including some special programming on Wednesday and Thursday can be found there and also at the bottom of this blog post.
UNDERCARD ACTIONFriday, Twilight Eclipse, at odds of 9-5, Charming Kitten 4-1, meet up with Sky Blazer 8-1, Irish Mission 8-1, Draw Two 6-1 in the Belmont Gold Cup Invitational going 2 miles on the Turf.  One of the few real marathon races being run in the U.S.

Another route race will feature last year's runner up in the Kentucky Derby, Golden Soul, in the Brooklyn Invitational going 1 1/2 miles.

Saturday, Kid Cruz is skipping the Belmont Stakes to go 1 1/16 mile in the Easy Goer Stakes where he is the 5-2 favorite.

Ben's Cat will strut his stuff in the Jaipur Invitational at 6f on the turf and try to make it 4 straight, coming off a 1 3/4 length win in the Jim McKay Stakes at Pimlico 2 weeks ago.

Social Inclusion is skipping the Belmont to cut back to 7f in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes.

The $750,000 Grade 1 TVG Acorn Stakes will see Fiftyshadesofgold try to make it two in a row.

Almost as big as the Belmont Stakes itself will be the match-up of Close Hatches, Beholder, and Princess of Sylmar in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps.

Another exciting race on the undercard will be the 1 mile Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, which will see Palace Malice as the high weight meet up with  Vyjack, Goldencents, Moreno, Normandy Invasion. 

DRF has some previews of each of the Grade 1 undercard races on Belmont Stakes Day.  Matt Bernier of "Horseplayers" fame joins DRF's Dan Illman to try to find some plays.  Belmont Stakes Day undercard - Handicapping videos


Below are the cards for the races for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  After a particular race is run, you can return here, click on the CARD below for a replay of the race.



Ann Maree's Time Ordered Races / Entries - printable format
Revised version - only change was to TV scheduling on page 7 (left off Sat. sched.)

BloodHorse Index of Race Entries

5:25 ET  True North S G2  Bel   $250k  4&up  6f   R9      CARD
6:10 ET  Belmont Gold Cup Inv'l Bel   $200k  4&up  2mi T  R10    CARD

12:07 ET  Easy Goer S (L)  Bel   $150k  3yo  1 1/16 mi  R2  CARD
12:40 ET  Brooklyn Inv. G2  Bel   $500k  4&up  1 1/2 mi   R3    CARD
1:16 ET  Jaipur Inv. G3  Bel   $300k  4&up  6f T    R4    CARD
1:54 ET  Woody Stephens S G2  Bel   $500k  3yo  7f     R5    CARD
2:34 ET  TVG Acorn S G1  Bel   $750k  3yo f  1 mi    R6    CARD
3:14 ET  Ogden Phipps S G1 BC Bel   $1,000k  4&up f/m  1 1/16 mi  R7  CARD
4:00 ET  Longines Just a Game S G1  Bel   $750k  4&up f/m  1 mi T  R8  CARD
4:48 ET  Metropolitan H G1 BC  Bel   $1,250k  3&up  1 mi     R9    CARD
4:54 ET  Lady Angela S  WO   $125k  3yo f S  7f AW   R8   CARD
5:05 ET  Mint Julep H G3   CD   $100k a 3&up f/m  1 1/16 mi T  R8  CARD
5:45 ET  Knob Creek Manhattan S G1  Bel   $1,000k  4&up  10f T  R10  CARD
6:00 ET  Purple Violet S  AP   $100k  3yo f S  1 mi AW  R9  CARD
6:52 ET  Belmont S G1 Bel   $1,500k  3yo  1 1/2 mi  R11  CARD
7:00 ET  Affirmed S G3  SA   $100k  3yo  1 1/16 mi R9 CARD

More on today's races
Beholder, Close Hatches work for Ogden Phipps
Palace Malice still going strong - Metropolitan Handicap
Hovdey: Giant killers lurking on the Belmont Stakes card

4:39 ET  Steady Growth S WO   $125k  3&up S  1 1/16 mi AW  R8    CARD
4:45 ET  Campanile S  GG   $100k  3yo f S  1 mi T    R3    CARD
4:57 ET  Intercontinental  Bel   $100k  4&up f/m  7f T    R8    CARD
5:43 ET  Monmouth S G2  Mth   $200k  3&up  1 1/8 mi T   R11    CARD
6:45 ET  Silky Sullivan GG   $100k  3yo S  1 mi T    R7    CARD
7:05 ET  Satin & Lace S (L)  PID   $100k  3+ f/m  5.5f AW   R5  CARD


Note:  All coverage is NBCSN, except for Saturday, when NBC will cover the Belmont Stakes along with a couple of undercard races, 4:30-7:00 p.m. EDT. 

Wednesday, June 4
“California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion” - 6:30p.m. &

Thursday, June 5
Belmont Classics: Sarava, Empire Maker & Birdstone - 5:30p.m.
Belmont Classics: Ruler on Ice, Union Rags & Palace Malice -
“California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion” - 7:30p.m.

Friday, June 6
“California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion” - 3:30p.m.
Belmont Classics: Sarava, Empire Maker & Birdstone - 4p.m.
Belmont Stakes Access - 5p.m.
“California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion” - 8p.m.
140th Kentucky Derby - 8:30p.m.
139th Preakness S. - 9:30p.m.
Belmont Access (Encore) - 10:30p.m.

Saturday, June 7
“California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion” - 12a.m.
Belmont Prep - 2:30p.m. - Coverage of the full undercard
146th Belmont S. - 4:30-7 p.m. NBC
Belmont Post-Race Show NBCSN- 7p.m.
(all in Eastern Time)

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