Belmont Park Stake Race on June 9

Race 2. Easy Goer Stakes. For three-year-old at 1 1/6 mile on dirt. Purse $150,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Lunar Beauty Manuel Franco Richard Violette, Jr. 30/1
2 Mask Javier Castellano Chad Brown 5/2
3 Rugbyman Jose Ortiz Graham Motion 3/1
4 Soutache Tyler Gaffalione Ralph Nicks 12/1
5 Prince Lucky John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 12/1
6 Breaking the Rules Irad Ortiz, Jr. Claude McGaughey III 4/1
7 Dark Vader Corey Nakatani Peter Eurton 9/2
8 High North Florent Geroux Brad Cox 9/2


Mask has been installed as the 5-2 favorite in the Easy Goer Stakes. He won the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park by 6 1/4 lengths at a flat mile in January. He broke his maiden at Belmont Park last October and was most recently eighth in the sloppy Pat Day Mile (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.

Rugbyman in his second career start won a maiden allowance at Belmont Park May 13 at a flat mile by 14-lengths.

Breaking the Rules is perfect in two starts at six furlongs. He broke his maiden in March at Gulfstream Park and returned at Belmont Park to win an allowance race.

High North ran in fourth in the May 12th Peter Pan Stakes (Grade III) at nine furlongs. Two races back he captured the Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn Park at 1 1/6 mile. He run fourth in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (Grade II), fifth in the Risen Star Stakes (Grade II), and seventh in the Rebel Stakes (Grade II).

Dark Vader won an allowance race at Santa Anita Park on May 11th at 1 1/16 mile. He was third in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (Grade III) and was fifth in the Sunland Derby (Grade III).

Prince Lucky won the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes last December against fellow Pennsylvania-bred.  He was third behind Ax Man in the LARC Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard.

Soutache exits a Pimlico start, having run fifth in the Chick Lang Stakes after a second at Gulfstream in the Hutcheson Stakes (Grade III). Soutache won two divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes, the In Reality and Affirmed.

Lunar Beauty broke his maiden in March at Aqueduct but returned to have a troubled trip when he ran sixth in an allowance race in April.

Race 3. Ogden Phipps Stakes, Grade I. For four-year-old fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Purse $750,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Unbridle Mo John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 4/1
2 Ivy Bell Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 12/1
3 Highway Star Luis Saez Rodrigo Ubillo 20/1
4 Pacific Wind Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown 7/2
5 American Gal Jose Ortiz Simon Callaghan 3/1
6 Abel Tasman Mike Smith Bob Baffert 8/5
7 Unchained Melody Joel Rosario Brian Lynch 12/1
8 Berned Joe Bravo Graham Motion 30/1


The 2018 Ogden Phipps Stakes is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on November 3 at Churchill Downs.

Abel Tasman won her only previous start at Belmont, capturing the Grade I Acorn last year on Belmont Stakes Day. She was won the 2017 Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly. In seven starts in that successful campaign – all against graded stakes company – she has posted three wins and four seconds. She also won the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks.

Pacific Wind earned a personal-best 94 Beyer Speed Figure in her one-length win over Highway Star in the Grade II Ruffian on May 6 at Belmont. She has three wins in four starts since being moved off the turf.

Unbridled Mo won the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap on April 13 at Oaklawn Park by 2 ¼ lengths over Unique Bella.

Ivy Bell was second in the Grade I Humana Distaff on May 5 at Churchill Downs and is also entered in Friday’s Grade III, $250,000 Bed o’ Roses Invitational at seven furlongs.

Unchained Melody made her return from a nearly nine-month layoff in running fifth in the Ruffian.

Berned successfully stretched out in her last race, winning at one mile and 70 yards in the Serena’s Song on May 12 at Monmouth Park. She won by 1 3/4 lengths coming off three straight seven-furlong sprints.

Highway Star will be going for her first win since the Grade II Gallant Bloom on September 24 at Belmont.

Race 4. Acorn Stakes, Grade I. For three-year-old fillies at one mile on dirt. Purse $750,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Moonshine Memories Flavien Prat Simon Callaghan 6/1
2 Spectator Javier Castellano Philip D’Amato 8/1
3 Monomoy Girl Florent Geroux Brad Cox 4/5
4 Gio Game Julien Leparoux Mark Casse 15/1
5 Caledonia Road Mike Smith Ralph Nicks 3/1
6 Starcloud Albin Jimenez Oscar Gonzalez 20/1
7 Talk Veuve to Me Jose Ortiz Rodolphe Brisset 8/1


Monomoy Girl is three-for-three in 2018, including her seasonal debut victory in the Feb. 17 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (Grade II). She won the Central Ashland Stakes in April and followed that by winning the Kentucky Oaks in May. The one mile distance of the Acorn is a distance she is unbeaten at in three races.

Caledonia Road at the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, she won the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies (G1) by 3 1/4 lengths. She finished second in the Frizette Stakes (Grade I). She was won Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly. Caledonia Road made her 2018 debut in an allowance race April 29 at Belmont, a race she won by 3 1/2 lengths over the one-mile distance.

Moonshine Memories won her first three starts, including the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (Grade I) and Chandelier Stakes (Grade I). In her first race in 2108 she finished second in the May 12th Angels Flight Stakes at Santa Anita Park.


Race 5. Brooklyn Handicap Stakes, Grade II. For four-year-old and up at 1 1/2 miles on dirt. Purse $400,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Carlino Jose Lezcano Mark Hennig 30/1
2 Hopperunity Flavien Prat Bob Baffert 5/2
3 Hard Study Manuel Franco Todd Pletcher 5/2
4 Take Your Guns Joel Rosario Chad Brown 6/1
5 Mills Irad Ortiz, Jr. David Donk 30/1
6 Backsideofthemoon Rajiv Maragh Leo O’Brien 30/1
7 Giant Payday Chris Landeros Ian Wilkes 30/1
8 Outplay John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 8/1
9 War Story Javier Castellano Jorge Navarro 2/1


Race 6. Jaipur Invitational Stakes, Grade II. For four-year-old and up at six furlongs on turf. Purse $400,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Stormy Liberal Joel Rosario Peter Miller 3/1
2 Pure Sensation Kendrick Carmouche Christophe Clement 6/1
3 Pocket Change Jose Ortiz Jason Servis 10/1
4 Conquest Tsunami Victor Espinoza Peter Miller 7/2
5 Disco Partner Irad Ortiz, Jr. Christophe Clement 5/2
6 Frisky Magician Ricardo Santana, Jr. Jorge Abreu 20/1
7 Blind Ambition John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 5/1
8 Holding Gold Tyler Gaffalione Mark Casse 12/1


The 2018 Jaipur Invitational Stakes is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Mile at Churchill Downs.

Race 7. Woody Stephens Stakes, Grade II. For three-year-old at seven furlongs on dirt. Purse $400,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Madison’s Luna Julien Leparoux Philip Bauer 8/1
2 Pure Shot Ricardo Santana, Jr Steve Asmussen 30/1
3 Engage Jose Ortiz Chad Brown 4/2
4 Givemeamint Javier Castellano Dallas Stewart 30/1
5 Aqua Bel Star Rajiv Maragh Bisnath Parboo 50/1
6 Still Having Fun Joel Rosario Timothy Keefe 20/1
7 Beautiful Shot Junior Alvarado Keith Desormeaux 20/1
8 Kanthaka Flavien Prat Jerry Hollendorfer 3/1
9 Promises Fulfilled Luis Saez Dale L. Romans 20/1
10 The Tabulator Jose Valdivia, Jr. Larry Rivelli 20/1
11 World of Trouble Irad Ortiz, Jr. Jason Servis 7/2
12 Strike Power John R. Velazquez Mark Hennig 9/2


Race 8. Longines Just a Game Stakes, Grade I on Turf. For four-year-old and up fillies and mares at one mile on turf. Purse $700,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 On Leave Manuel Franco Claude McGaughey III 9/2
2 Dream Dancing Julien Leparoux Mark Casse 20/1
3 Off Limits Javier Castellano Chad Brown 7/2
4 Lull Jose Ortiz Christophe Clement 5/1
5 Proctor’s Ledge John Velazquez Brendan Walsh 4/1
6 Cambodia Drayden Van Dyke Thomas Proctor 10/1
7 A Raving Beauty Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown 5/2
8 La Coronel Jose Lezcano Mark Casse 10/1


Race 9. Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, Grade I. For three-year-old and up at one mile on dirt. Purse $1,200,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Mind Your Biscuits Joel Rosario Chad Summers 5/2
2 Bolt d’Oro Florent Geroux Mick Ruis 4/1
3 Limousine Liberal Javier Castellano Ben Colebrook 10/1
4 McCraken Brian Hernandez, Jr. Ian Wilkes 12/1
5 Good Samaritan Jose Ortiz Bill Mott 10/1
6 One Liner Irad Ortiz, Jr. Todd Pletcher 12/1
7 Discreet Lover Manuel Franco Uriah St. Lewis 50/1
8 Ransom the Moon Flavien Prat Philip D’Amato 10/1
9 Warrior’s Club Luis Saez D. Wayne Lukas 20/1
10 Bee Jersey Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steve Asmussen 6/1
11 Awesome Slew John Velazquez Mark Casse 6/1


The 2018 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Las Vegas Mile at Churchill Downs.

Race 10. Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes, Grade I on Turf. For four-year-old and up at 1 1/4 miles on turf. Purse $1,000,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Robert Bruce Tyler Gaffalione Chad Brown 3/1
2 One Go All Go Chris Landeros Charles Dickey 12/1
3 Hi Happy Luis Saez Todd Pletcher 7/2
4 Alexios Komnenos Florent Geroux James Stack 20/1
5 Catcho En Die Junior Alvarado Naipaul Chatterpaul 50/1
6 Hello Don Julio Kendrick Carmouche Michael Dilger 30/1
7 Fashion Business Flavien Prat Philip D’Amato 30/1
8 Sadler’s Joy Javier Castellano Thomas Albertrani 8/1
9 Channel Maker Jose Ortiz Bill Mott 20/1
10 Beach Patrol Joel Rosario Chad Brown 5/2
11 Manitoulin Mike Smith James Tone 20/1
12 Multiplier Victor Espinoza Peter Miller 30/1
13 Spring Quality Edgar Prado Graham Motion 12/1


Race 11. Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, Grade I. For three-year-old at 1 1/2 miles on dirt. Purse $1,500,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Justify Mike Smith Bob Baffert 4/5
2 Free Drop Billy Robby Albarado Dale Romans 30/1
3 Bravazo Luis Saez D. Wayne Lukas 8/1
4 Hofburg Irad Ortiz, Jr Bill Mott 9/2
5 Restoring Hope Florent Geroux Bob Baffert 30/1
6 Gronkowski Jose Ortiz Chad Brown 12/1
7 Tenfold Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steve Asmussen 12/1
8 Vino Rosso John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 8/1
9 Noble Indy Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 30/1
10 Blended Citizen Kyle Frey Doug O’Neil 15-1


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