If there is strength in numbers, Todd Pletcher goes into the Belmont Stakes like Hercules. He's got five different horses set to go to post, and there could be a method to his madness. The 145th running of the Belmont Stakes is scheduled for Saturday with post time at 6:36 PM ET. The purse is $1 million, and the race will be contested at a mile and a half.
Here are the Belmont Stakes betting odds as they are currently posted at BetAnySports:
Grade I Belmont Stakes Picks Here
Saturday, June 8 - 6:36 PM ET
Belmont Park - Elmont, NY
1-1/2 miles - 3-year-olds
1 - Frac Daddy +2500
2 - Freedom Child +800
3 - Overanalyze +1200
4 - Giant Finish +3000
5 - Orb +235
6 - Incognito +1300
7 - Oxbow +555
8 - Midnight Taboo +2800
9 - Revolutionary +475
10 - Will Take Charge +1650
11 - Vyjack +2000
12 - Palace Malice +1000
13 - Unlimited Budget +750
14 - Golden Soul +780
Pletcher has five of the fourteen starters in the race. The most accomplished of them is probably Revolutionary, who will be ridden by Javier Castellano, who drove him to victory in both the Withers at Aqueduct and the Louisiana Derby. Calvin Borel was aboard as this horse went through a rather rough ride in the Kentucky Derby but closed well to come third nonetheless. Revolutionary is getting a lot of respect from horse players; he is +475 in the racebook at BetAnySports.
Pletcher also sends the least accomplished contestant in the entire field to the gate. Midnight Taboo has earned only $76,400 in his three-race career, and has not yet made it to a stakes race. Last time out he was beaten two lengths in an optional claimer, and the "test of a champion" is a hell of a place to introduce yourself to the world of stakes racing. Certainly there is some quality breeding (Danzig and Thunder Gulch are grandsires), but there isn't enough accomplishment or experience for this colt to rate a long look.
One of the more intriguing entrants is Unlimited Budget (+750 at BetAnySports), the only filly in the race, who was undefeated in four starts before a third-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks, which took place the day before the Derby. before that it was a win in the Fair Grounds Oaks and a 98 Beyer Speed Figure. This would be quite a story, especially with Rosie Napravnik aboard, and since no one really thinks this three-year-old crop of males is particularly deep, Pletcher does not feel he is stretching things a whole lot.
Overanalyze was very disappointing in the Kentucky Derby, but if you can throw that event out, you might be able to see this colt making some noise. The Arkansas Derby win was impressive, though not against great company. The Remsen Stakes win at Aqueduct, which happened last November, produced a 99 Beyer figure. There is a win at Belmont in last year's Futurity, but the performance in the slop at the Derby doesn't offer much confidence if there is an off-track.
Palace Malice looked like he was going to set Churchill Downs on fire when he got out to the early lead in the Kentucky Derby. But those blazing fractions only burned out the colt, who set things up nicely for Orb and others to close. Palace Malice, priced at +1000 in Belmont Stakes betting at BetAnySports, finally finished 12th. But you have to wonder whether he can go this distance.
Clearly, Palace Malice is in this race for a reason, as is Midnight Taboo. Could those horses be looking to join Freedom Child and perhaps others in setting a swift pace, in order to set things up for two of Pletcher's charges that could mount a late run, such as Revolutionary or Overanalyze? That could be Pletcher's intention, and while Overanalyze brings a nice price, Revolutionary has been able to run over a muddy track and move late. That's why he is placed among the favorites.
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