BELMONT’S SUPER SATURDAY LEADS TO BREEDERS’ CUP
The top older horses in the land get in their last big races before the November Breeders’ Cup. The list of racing stars has been significantly depleted in many divisions and the Classic division has suffered as well with Justify among the retirees.
The best older horses, ACCELERATE and WEST COAST are, well, on the west coast for the Awesome Again Stakes.
At Belmont, on a fairly interesting Super Saturday of major stakes races, DIVERSIFY will try to lead from start to finish once again and won the Jockey Club Gold Cup as he did last year.
But JAKE has some selections today and a longshot for the Gold Cup!
RACE 8 – JOE HIRSCH TURF CLASSIC – 1 1/2 mile on the turf;
HI HAPPY, at 6 to 1, deserves on more chance to get back to his form from the summer. He loves Belmont and Luis Saez rode him well before. Jake says keep this 6-year-old horses in your tri tickets for sure!
RACE 9 – The Pilgrim for 2yos on turf; Jake says this is a weak renewal of this Grade 3 so OPRY looks very tough to beat. But who wants at 6 to 5 shot? How about SPIRIT ANIMAL for the upset?
RACE 10 – Are you ready for JAKE’S TAKE of the day? JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP – GRADE 1 – 1 1/4 MILES DIRT
GRONKOWSKI! Okay, he is a 3-year-old going against older runners in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (100th running). That means you will have to get at least 4 to 1 on him to play.
But he had a super run in the Belmont (99 Beyer), seemed to hate the Saratoga dirt last timer in the Travers (not to mention he was checked and steadied a few times on the rail in a terrible trip).
Not buying into DIVERSIFY being able to keep those 110 Beyers up, going to play the Gronk!
BONUS PICK – RACE 6 BELMONT – DOLCE LILI (exiting key race, freshened)
– 27 NOMINEES TO CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL
NOMINEES FOR THE 2018 PATTISON CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (GRADE 1)
JOHNNY BEAR will be the most popular local horse in the International but THUNDERING BLUE, the Cinderella horse with personable connections, is expected to come.
Here he is with trainer David Menuisier’s daughter Lucie in the tack!
Horse – Owner – Trainer – Additional Notes
Arklow – Donegal Racing, Bulger, Joseph and Coneway, Peter – Brad H. Cox
Bandua – Calumet Farm – Jack Sisterson
Bigger Picture – Three Diamonds Farm – Michael J. Maker
Call Provision – Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence – Chad C. Brown
Can’thelpbelieving (IRE) – Albert Frassetto – H. Graham Motion
Dee Ex Bee (GB) – Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed al Maktoum – Mark Johnston
Desert Encounter (IRE) – Abdulla Al Mansoori – David Simcock
English Illusion – 4U Thoroughbred Racing Stable Inc. – Sylvain Pion
Eziyra (IRE) – His Highness The Aga Khan – Dermot K. Weld
Focus Group – Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence – Chad C. Brown
Funtastic – Three Chimneys Farm – Chad C. Brown
Hi Happy (ARG) – La Providencia, LLC – Todd A. Pletcher – racing SATURDAY at Belmont
Horseplay (GB) – Cliveden Stud – Andrew Balding
Johnny Bear – Colebrook Farms and Bear Stables, Ltd. – Ashlee Brnjas
Khan (GER) – Darius Racing – Hank Grewe
Markitoff – Three Diamonds Farm – Michael J. Maker
Mekhtaal (GB) – Al Shaqab Racing – H. Graham Motion
Mustajeer (GB) – David Spratt – Ger Lyons
Neepawa – Chiefswood Stable – Mark E. Casse – racing today at LAUREL PARK
Oscar Nominated – Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey – Michael J. Maker
Sadler’s Joy – Woodslane Farm – Thomas Albertrani – racing today at Belmont
Soglio – Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey – Michael J. Maker
Souper Tapit – Live Oak Plantation – Mark E. Casse
Spring Quality – Augustin Stable – H. Graham Motion – racing today at Belmont
Teodoro (IRE) – Bellman, Laurence and Ingram, Caroline – Tom Dascombe – racing today at Belmont
Thundering Blue – Clive Washbourn – David Menuisier
Tiz a Slam – Chiefswood Stable – Roger L. Attfield