Entries and J’s Picks for the Flat Out Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2020

Race 9. Flat Out Stakes. For four-year-old and up at 13/8 miles on the dirt. Purse $80,000.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Prompt  Junior Alvarado William Mott 20/1
2 Rocketry  Jose L. Ortiz James Jerkens 7/2
3 Moretti  Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 8/1
4 Sir Winston  Joel Rosario Mark Casse 8/5
5 Legit  Irad Ortiz, Jr. Todd Pletcher 8/1
6 Expert  Jose Lezcano Domenick  Schettino 10/1
7 Blugrascat’s Smile  Eric Cancel Gary Sciacca 15/1
8 You’re to Blame  John R. Velazquez Todd Pletcher 12/1
9 Adventist  Manuel Franco Uriah St. Lewis 9/2

Sir Winston won the Belmont Stakes. In his last two races he finished in last-place finish in a turf race at Fair Grounds on Dec. 28 and came back to win a one-mile allowance at Aqueduct on Jan. 31. He is the class of the field but without much speed in the race he may not be able to show that class. He should finish in the top three.

Moretti should be near the lead pack. He is coming off an allowance win going 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park. He should finish in the top five.

Rocketry is making his 2020 debut. He likes to run distance. He won the 2018 the Temperence Hill at Belmont, setting a track record of 2:40.18 for 1 5/8 miles. He followed that performance  by taking the Marathon Stakes going 1 3/4 miles in November 2018. He should finish in the top three.

Adventist won the Bernardini Stakes going 1 5/16 miles at Aqueduct on Feb. 29. Prior to that victory he captured the Greenwood Cup. He is making his 2020 debut. Adventist worked a bullet half-mile in 48.40 seconds over the main track on June 3. He needs pace to have a chance of taking this race. He should finish in the top three.

Legit will travel beyond 1 1/16-miles for the first time in the Flat Out. He broke his maiden in his race in April 2018 at Gulfstream Park . He followed with a four-length win in May at Pimlico. He missed all of his 4-year-old season. In 2020, he has made three starts in 2020 including finishing second May 17 at Gulfstream in an optional-claiming mile in his most recent start.

You’re to Blame has a record of 6-6-4 in 27. He won the Greenwood Cup (G3) at Parx Racing in September 2018. He finished second last year in the 1 1/4-mile Pimlico Special (G3). He needs something to run at to be competitive. He should finish in the top four.

J’s Top Three Picks:

    • Sir Winston
    • Rocketry
    • Adventist

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