Review of Affirmed Success Stakes at Belmont Park on April 26

Race 8. Affirmed Success Stakes. For four -year-old and up at six furlongs on dirt. Purse $100,000.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Bavaro Rajiv Maragh Linda Rice 8/1
2 Celtic Chaos Eric Cancel Brad H. Cox 9/2
3 Runaway Lute Javier Castellano Gary C. Contessa 12/1
4 Pat On the Back Dylan Davis Jeremiah C. Englehart 2/1
5 Sudden Surprise Manuel Franco Rudy R. Rodriguez 15/1
6 Eye Luv Lulu Jose Lezcano Jason Servis 4/1
7 Tribecca Kendrick Carmouche John T. Toscano, Jr. 15/1
8 Syndergaard Junior Alvarado John P. Terranova II 3/1

Celtic Chaos exits a decent 2nd in the Hollie Hughes at Aqueduct. He has won three times at Belmont and gets pace to chase. His chances improve if the forecast for holds since he enjoys running on a wet track. He should finish in top two.

Syndergaard should be forwardly placed. He has never won at Belmont but has recorded two seconds from his 4 starts. His chances improve if the forecast for holds since he enjoys running on a wet track. He has a chance of recording his first win at Belmont, if it rains. He should finish in top two.

Pat On the Back shortens up in his first start since running fifth in the 2018 Cigar Mile (GI). He has two wins at this distance. He has been on the board in all of eight starts , which include 3 wins. He should again find a place on the board.

Bavaro recorded two wins this year at Aqueduct. He finished tenth in his most recent start the Caixa Eletronica Stakes. He is 6-for-10 at this distance and should be forwardly placed but might be forced to go too fast from the inside post. He should not be a factor at the wire.

Eye Luv Lulu also enjoys running on a wet track. He should be running with the lead pack till the quarter pole. His win record is 3-for-31 on fast dirt and 8-for-18 on wet dirt. He has a chance of finding a place on the board if the track is wet.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Syndergaard
  • Celtic Chaos
  • Pat On the Back

 

 

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