Quick thoughts on the Met Mile Field.

Palace Malice: Solid. Tough post. Is this his best distance? Vyjack: Derby name recognition. Seems overmatched. Scarly Charley: Why is he here? Goldencents: 7 of last 8 in G1 events. Defending Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile champion. Moreno: Tough to like a horse that’s 2 for 17. Central Banker: Stretch-out. Factor at the end? Capo Bastone:
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10 words or less about every Belmont Stakes horse

Medal Count: Closing threat, needs improvement. Wise guys will like him. California Chrome: 36 years. Many disappointments. Hope. Matterhorn: Ambitious placing. Waiting for later in year. Commanding Curve: Heavy buzz. Another possible closer. Likely overbet. Ride on Curlin: Word is he’s tired. Not surprising. Matuszak: Connections are his biggest asset. Samraat: Gutsy NY-bred. Absent bias,
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Is California Chrome lucky?

California Chrome is lucky. At least that’s what a rival trainer told me yesterday. Easy pace in the Derby. Perfect trip with only a half-decent close in the Preakness. Those are solid points, and ones that we’re likely to forget in our Triple Crown daze. Still, some horses tend to find trouble, while others —
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Belmont Diary, 1:40 PM. June 5.

Two days till the race. Decent vibe around the track. Still feels like the hour before a big party — lots of setting up. Much talk about the big day on Saturday. The question: is this a bigger day than the Breeders’ Cup? Close — perhaps the only thing missing is the great juveniles. The
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PostScript: Belmont 1

Jen’s Miracle gets in done in the first. Gold Potion looked good going into the final turn, but cornered terribly. Tough to draw too many track conclusions. Questions answered: 1. Does Jen’s Miracle appreciate the stretch out? Yes. She looked strong and was easily the best. 2. Lemon Honey is the fastest. Will she like
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Belmont, Race 1, 1:05 pm ET

Race of the Day, June 5 Belmont Park It’s finally stopped raining here at Belmont, and I think my shirt is finally dry. The track?  Sloppy.  And it looks that way. The first at Belmont is a dirt mile for non-winners of two lifetime.  Scratch the 5. Lemon Honey brings the fastest speed to the race
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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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