Entries and J’s Picks For Westchester Stakes (G3) at Belmont on June 6, 2020

Race 7. Westchester Stakes (G3). For four-year -old and up at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. Purse $100,000.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Endorsed  Joel Rosario William Mott 6/1
2 Monongahela  Jose L. Ortiz Chad  Brown 4/1
3 Mihos  Irad Ortiz, Jr. James Jerkens 10/1
4 Payne  Kendrick Carmouche Chad  Brown 8/1
5 Prendimi  Reylu Gutierrez Chad Summers 50/1
6 Joevia  Junior Alvarado Gregory Sacco 20/1
7 Senior Investment  Jorge A. Vargas, Jr. Scott Lake 10/1
8 Forewarned  Manuel Franco Uriah St. Lewis 30/1
9 Code of Honor  John R. Velazquez Shug McGaughey  6/5
10 Wait for It  Mychel J. Sanchez Edward Coletti, Jr. 20/1
11 Backsideofthemoon  Eric Cancel Robert Klesaris 20/1

Endorsed will return to stakes company for the first time running fifth in the March 7 Santa Anita Handicap (G1). He won on May 2 at Oaklawn Park.

Monongahela  is a G3winner and is coming off  a second-place finish in the Feb. 15 John B. Campbell Stakes. He the Phillip H. Iselin Stakes (G3) last summer.  He should find a spot in the top three

Code of Honor is making his debut after finishing seventh in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Park. He was runner-up in the Champagne Stakes (G1) as a 2-year-old after a maiden score at Saratoga. He won the Dwyer Stakes (G3) at Belmont in July and prior was the second -place finisher in the Kentucky Derby. He won the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and the Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) plus the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). He has posted solid works leading up to this race. He worked four furlongs June 1 in :49.09 and went the same distance May 23 in :47.88. He is the class of the field but may need a race. He should find a spot on the board.

Payne was won three consecutive race, but will be moving up to grades stakes for the first time. He should find a spot in the top five.

Senior Investment enters off  a three-race win streak. He won in his  start the March 14 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial. He finished fifth in the 2017 Belmont Stakes (G1) and was third in the Preakness Stakes (G1). He will be competitive in this field . He has the ability to finish in the top four.

Joevia  finished third in the 2019 Belmont Stakes. He finished  seventh in the March 7 Stymie Stakes. He is coming off surgery to correct a breathing issue.

J’s Top Three Picks:

  • Monongahela
  • Endorsed
  • Code of Honor

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