Simplying Belmont Stakes Noise

You’ll hear a bunch of handicapping noise the next few days.  Everybody is going to have an angle. Yet, racing is deceptively simple.  Trying to be too clever causes many bad decisions. The majority of the result comes down to three questions: Does California Chrome run his race? If he does, only Tonalist or an unexpected
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Race of the Day, June 4, 2:53 P.M. ET

Race of the Day, June 4 Belmont Park, Elmont, NY Maiden Claiming, Turf, 1 1/16 miles, NY-bred, Purse: $41K 10 NY-bred maidens take to the turf for the 4th at Belmont.   Wake Up and Go (#10, 2/1)  returns to the maiden claiming ranks, where he started his career at Gulfstream this past winter.  Adding blinkers, a likely
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Belmont Diary — 8:34 A.M. Wednesday

Relatively quiet here at Belmont Park in the AM. California Chrome made an appearance — to the delight of about a hundred spectators lining the rail.  He’s visually impressive — has a strong head about him. Critics abound, however. The most critical gave much credit to what could be called “crazy racing luck” at worst,
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Postscript: Delaware Park #7

The entry missed the board at 4/5.  Forest Jingles ran sharp in the stretch to pay a solid $15.20 to win. Questions Answered: Does Able Baker Charlie maintain his career form? No.  He tired in the stretch.  The chart comment “gave way grudgingly” seems a bit generous. Does Interchange enjoy the return to Delaware? He ran well,
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Delaware Park, Race 7, 3:45 P.M. ET

Race of the Day, June 2, 2014 Delaware Park, Wilmington, Delaware Race 7.  First-level Allowance. 1 mile, 70 yards. Purse: 39K. 3:57 P.M. ET Running from mid-May until late October, Delaware Park is a welcome addition to the Monday racing slate.  Aided by slots, purses are fairly rich for a mid-level track, and racing is
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All Day Racing Schedule for June 2 – June 7

All Day Racing is going to Belmont Park. Starting Wednesday, I’ll be live at Belmont Park covering the week’s racing and, of course, California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes.  Here’s the schedule of the features: Monday, June 2:  Race of the Day. Delaware Park, Race 7.  First-level Allowance. 1 mile, 70 yards. Purse: 39K. 3:57 P.M.
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Postscript: Belmont Park, Race #3

The field ran up to Charge Now on the turn, but he had plenty in the stretch to pull away under a hand ride from Joel Rosario. Lieutenant Seany O ran well to be a clear second. Questions Answered:  Will Charge Now emerge as a contender in the three-year old division? Absolutely. He’s reportedly being pointed
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Belmont Park, Race 3, 2:05 PM ET

Race of the Day Belmont Park, Elmont, NY, Race 3, 2:05 PM ET First-Level Allowance, 1 1/16 miles, 3 year olds, Purse: $77K An impressive purse is on the line for five three year olds in the third race from Belmont Park. Roman Approval (#1, 6-1) has scratched. It’s quite possible that we’ll see some
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Postscript: Prairie Meadows 8

Sir Smart Alex tracked the pace, hit the front in the stretch, and found plenty to light up the tote board at 23-1. Pontiff had some run, and looked like he might run down Sir Smart Alex, but stalled and didn’t have nearly enough to win. Questions Answered: Will Pontiff realize his early potential? The jury
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Prairie Meadows, Race 8, 10:20 P.M. ET

Race of the Day Prairie Meadows Racetrack, Altoona, Iowa Race 8, Maiden Special Weight, 1 mile 70 yards, Purse: $30K A competitive group of maidens is slated for the 8th at Prairie Meadows Racetrack.  The M/L favorite is the entry of Be My Honeycomb/Robinwood (#1, 3/1).  Robinwood is the more impressive of the two, having run
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