Results for 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 SCR

 

Lunar Beauty set the early pace.  Lunar Beauty was closely followed down the back stretch by Dark Vader and Prince Lucky till the final turn.  Rugbyman made a move to challenge the early leaders around the final turn. Prince Lucky was able to out duel Rugbyman and Dark Vader to the wire. Only a neck separated the three at the wire. Running time – 1:41.41.

$2 Wager Paid:

PP Horse Win Second Third
5 Prince Lucky $30.00 $11.80 $6.60
3 Rugbyman $5.30 $3.60
7 Dark Vader $3.80

 

Our top three picks were:

Mask

Rugbyman

High North – SCR

Race 3. Ogden Phipps Stakes, Grade I. For four-year-old fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Purse $750,000. The 2018 Ogden Phipps Stakes is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on November 3 at Churchill Downs.

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 SCR
4 Pacific Wind Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown 7/2
5 American Gal Jose Ortiz Simon Callaghan SCR
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

Ivy Bell, Pacific Wind, Highway Star and Unchained Melody were the early pace setters.  Abel Tasman went to the lead entering the turn for home. She had a two length lead entering the stretch. She drew off under a hand ride by 7 lengths. Abel Tasman was the betting favorite at even money. Ivy Bell was an easy second over, 4 lengths over Unbridle Mo. Running time – 1:40.36.

$2 Wager Paid:

PP Horse Win Second Third
5 Abel Tasman $4.00 $3.10 $2.40
2 Ivy Bell $5.70 $3.60
4 Unbridle Mo $2.80

 

Our top three picks were:

Abel Tasman

Unbridle Mo

Pacific Wind

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

 

$2 Wager Paid:

PP Horse Win Second Third
3 Monomoy Girl $3.20 $2.30 $2.10
7 Talk Veuve to Me $3.60 $3.00
4 Gio Game $4.60

 

Talk Veuve to Me and Moonshine Memories set the pace around the down the back side. Talk Veuve to Me took the lead in the final turn. Monomoy Girl started her challenge around the final turn. Monomoy Girl had a 2 length at the head of the stretch. She drew away under a hand ride for an easy 2 length win. Caledonia Road was not a factor. Monomoy Girl was the favorite at 1/2. Running time – 1:34.10.

Our top three picks were:

Monomoy Girl

Caledonia Road

Moonshine Memories

 

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

 

Outplay set the pace until the middle of the turn for home. Hopperunity gained a small lead leaving the final turn. War Story and Hard Study tried to catch Hopperunity near the eighth pole. Hopperunity was able to pull away for two length win. Running time – 2:28.61.

$2 Wager Paid:

PP Horse Win Second Third
2 Hopperunity $9.10 $4.20 $2.80
9 War Story $3.40 $2.40
3 Hard Study $2.70

 

Our top three picks were:

War Story

Hopperunity

Hard Study

 

Race 6. Jaipur Invitational Stakes, Grade II. For four-year-old and up at six furlongs on turf. Purse $400,000. The 2018 Jaipur Invitational Stakes is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Mile at Churchill Downs.

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

 

Pure Sensation set the early pace. Pocket Change and Conquest Tsunami were setting close behind the pace setter. Conquest Tsunami made a move around the final turn to move to take a short lead.  Disco Partner came running down the lane to win by one length. Disco Partner went off as the 6/5 favorite. Running time1:06.74.  

$2 Wager Paid:

PP Horse Win Second Third
5 Disco Partner $5.10 $3.50 $2.70
4 Conquest Tsunami $6.10 $4.30
2 Pure Sensation $5.90

 

Our top three picks were:

Disco Partner

Stormy Liberal

Blind Ambition

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 5/2
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 SCR
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

 

$2 Wager Paid:

PP Horse Win Second Third
6 Still Having Fun $28.00 $10.80 $6.10
3 Engage $6.00 $3.50
9 Promises Fulfilled $4.20

Promises Fulfilled, Pure Shot, World of Trouble and Strike Power were dueling for the lead the back stretch. Engage made a move around the final turn at the leaders and was able to take lead in mid-stretch. Still Having Fun made a late charge down the lane and was able to take the lead near the wire to win by one length. Running time – 1:21.45

Our top three picks:

World of Trouble

Engage

Kanthaka – SCR

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

 

$2 Wager Paid:

PP Horse Win Second Third
7 A Raving Beauty $9.30 $5.20 $3.70
5 Proctor’s Ledge $7.40 $4.60
4 Lull $4.30

 

Lull and La Coronel set the pace through the first part of the race.  A Raving Beauty and Proctor’s Ledge were sitting behind the lead pack till the turn for home. A Raving Beauty made her move at the top of the lane and was able to take the lead near the eighth pole. Proctor’s Ledge made a late move but was unable to catch A Raving Beauty, who won by 3/4 length.  Off Limits the 3/5 favorite was fourth. Running time – 1:32.14.

Our top three picks were:

Proctor’s Ledge

On Leave

A Raving Beauty

 

Race 9. Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, Grade I. For three-year-old and up at one mile on dirt. Purse $1,200,000. The 2018 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Las Vegas Mile at Churchill Downs.

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

 

$2 Wager Paid:

PP Horse Win Second Third
10 Bee Jersey $8.50 $4.60 $3.80
1 Mind Your Biscuits $5.70 $4.10
3 Limousine Liberal $7.20

 

Bee Jersey, Bolt d’Oro and Warrior’s Club set the pace through the first 3/4 quarters. Bee Jersey took control at the top of the lane. Mind Your Biscuits made a run at the leader at the eighth pole.  Bee Jersey was able to off the closing Mind Your Biscuits to capture the win by a head. Running time – 1:33.13

Our top three picks were:

Mind Your Biscuits

Limousine Liberal

Good Samaritan

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

 

$2 Wager Paid:

PP Horse Win Second Third
13 Spring Quality $38.00 $15.80 $9.40
8 Sadler’s Joy $6.60 $4.40
3 Hi Happy $4.30

 

Hi Happy, Hello Don Julio and Catcho En Die set the early pace.  Hello Don Julio broke away from the lead pack around the turn and was leading the field as they turned for home. The field made a made a move down the lane to catch the leader. Hi Happy and Sadler’s Joy were dueling from the last sixteenth of the race for the lead.  Spring Quality was able to move to the lead in the final strides. Spring Quality was win the able to win the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes by a head. Running time – 1:58.58.

Our top three picks were:

Hi Happy

Sadler’s Joy

Beach Patrol

 

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

 

Justify set the pace the entire race. Fractions were: 23:48.11, 1:13.21. 1:38.09. Down the back stretch Justify had an easy two length lead on the field. Justify let the field come to him heading into the final turn.  Justify proved why he went off as the 3/5 favorite by drawing off by 2 lengths under a slight urging from Mike Smith. Running time – 2:28.18.

$2 Wager Paid:

PP Horse Win Second Third
1 Justify $3.60 $3.50 $2.80
6 Gronkowski $13.80 $7.00
4 Hofburg $3.70

 

Our top three picks:

Justify

Hofburg

Noble Indy

 

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