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The Belmont

June 20, 2020

Today’s Belmont Stakes will be run at Belmont Racecourse in Nassau County on Long Island.

Long Island is an ideal place to live, as long as you don’t have to commute to Manhattan. Long Island is host to Teddy Roosevelt’s mansion, “Sagamore Hill,” near Oyster Bay and extends to the far and beautiful reaches of Suffolk County.

All eyes today will be on Belmont Park. This large racecourse would attract 20,000 visitors on a week-day during the mid-1930s and but for Covid-19 today would attract a working class crowd of enthusiastic betters.

Though the Belmont is the third leg in American racing’s “Triple Crown,” the racing dates of the Kentucky Derby run at Churchill Downs in Louisville and the Preakness at Baltimore’s Pimlico racecourse were postponed and the Belmont this year will raced first on the dirt for a length of 1 1/8 not 1 1/2.

Handicappers of thoroughbred racing will notice that top trainers, Steve Assmussen, Todd Pletcher, Linda Rice and William Mott have horses in the Belmont. Each has his own style: Assmussen trains some of the best horses in American racing. Linda Rice is predictable-sending out horses for the lead. Bill Mott is our best trainer of horses running on Turf. And New York based Pletcher knows New York racing and cannot be discounted.

The top winning jockeys who ride these trainer’s horses are all there: Joel Rosario, Javier Castellano, John Velazquez, Junior Alvarado, Jose and Irad Ortiz and Ricardo Santiana.

But horses win races; trainers and jocks are mere participants.

Horse pedigrees of special interest at the Belmont today are horses whose sires were Tapit, Uncle Mo, Medaglia D’Oro, Bernardini, Tiznow and Unbridled. My favorite is Tapit, bred by Michael Dickinson.

So what are my wagers? I placed a $2 trifecta wager with #1 Tapit and #8 Tiz the Law, first and second and #4 Modernist and #9 Dr Post in third.

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