Tacitus (left) defeating Tax (right) in the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography Talent, durability, consistency, the ability to win big races—these are the traits that define great racehorses. You’ll find all of these traits spread among the six runners entered in Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga. The only problem is identifying the runner who possesses the best blend. You want talent? #4 Global Campaign has shown flashes of brilliance, most recently [...]
Maximum Security and Country House battle to the wire in the Kentucky Derby (G1) - Coady Photography The rules are simple. Sweep all three legs of the Triple Crown, and you will be named champion 3-year-old male at the Eclipse Awards. Win two of the three races and you’d have to really mess up the second half of the season to lose the title. But when three different horses win the three Triple Crown races, it’s anyone’s guess [...]
Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography Belmont Stakes Day Pick 4 There will be no shortage of wagering options on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park, but one of the most appealing bets is the Pick 4 that kicks off in Race 8. The all-stakes sequence has a guaranteed pool of $1.5 million, so with the right combination of longshot winners, the potential exists for a huge [...]
Intrepid Heart winning an allowance race - Keeneland Photo There is a surprising lack of genuine speed horses entered in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. The 1 1/2-mile “Test of the Champion” serves as the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, but although the stakes are high, don’t expect to see jockeys getting aggressive for tactical positions. At least half of the 10 starters can be counted as deep closers, who will settle off [...]
Intrepid Heart winning his debut at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography Upon release of the 2019 Belmont Stakes (G1) entries Tuesday evening, I immediately started work on my annual fair odds line for identifying wagering value. The concept behind my fair odds line is simple. For each horse in the field, I ask myself, “What are the chances of this horse reaching the winner’s circle?” After assigning a probability of winning to each horse (25%, 12.50%, etc.), I [...]
Tacitus winning the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) - Photo by SV Photography This year’s Belmont Stakes (G1) will not get attention from the national media that the 2018 rendition did as Justify chased racing immortality, but it is still an intriguing final leg of the Triple Crown. War of Will, off of his victory in the Preakness Stakes (G1), and Tacitus, who was last seen crossing the wire fourth in the Kentucky Derby (G1), will take the bulk [...]
Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Belmont Stakes and Met Mile Preview with OptixEQ and Brisnet’s Emily Gullikson
On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the BetAmerica Radio Network, Scott Shapiro welcomes in handicapper Emily Gullikson to chat about Saturday's stakes laden card at Belmont Park. Scott and Emily take a deep dive into the Belmont Stakes and an incredibly strong rendition of the Met Mile, as well as touch on the Woody Stephens and the Acorn Stakes. Lots of great information for those getting involved in New York on Saturday afternoon.
Palace Malice passes Oxbow in the 2013 Belmont Stakes (G1)- Photo by Joe Labozzetta/Coglianese Photography With the exception of Breeders’ Cup Saturday, there may be no greater day of racing in North America than Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park. The annual action-packed afternoon is highlighted by the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1), the third jewel of the Triple Crown, but that’s just one of ten stakes races on the agenda, including eight grade 1 events. The stakes [...]
The Belmont Stakes Day card is drawn and we discuss the big race and some of the undercard action. We also welcome in Ryan Martin from NYRA to talk about some of the storylines from this year's Belmont, working at NYRA in the media office, and more!