The final leg of this year’s Triple Crown happens on Saturday, June 10. Morning line Kentucky Derby favorite Forte, who had to scratch from the Derby, is the Belmont morning line favorite.
Todd Pletcher trains Forte and second choice on the morning line Tapit Trice. Angel of Empire, from the Brad Cox barn, is the morning line third choice.
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When: Saturday, June 10 at 6:50 pm ET
Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY
Belmont Stakes Pace Prediction
Tapit Shoes and National Treasure will ensure a faster pace in the Test of Champions than what horseplayers are used to seeing. National Treasure can’t effectively rate, which means the Baffert runner will be close to the lead, while Tapit Shoes will send from the 1-hole.
Forte, Tapit Trice, and Hit Show will sit behind the two front runners. Angel of Empire, Arcangelo, and Red Route One should be further back. There’s no telling where Il Miracolo, who has the least chance of winning, will be.
Win: Arcangelo +800
The Grade 3 Peter Pan winner is turning into one of the better three-year-olds in the nation. Arcangelo went from breaking the maiden to winning a 1 1/8 mile graded race at Belmont Park. What makes Arc’s victory in the Peter Pan so amazing is that the Arrogate sired runner had to close against a super soft pace against a top front runner in Bishops Bay.
Bishop got the half-mile in 48.4. Unless Arc bounces from the tough victory, he should have no trouble closing into the fractions in this. Even if National Treasure and Tapit Shoes cut soft fractions, Arc will be flying in the stretch.
Place: Angel of Empire +350
A couple of more lengths, or if Angel had a clear run, and the Brad Cox trained horse would have won the Kentucky Derby. Like Arcangelo, Angle of Empire has a wicked turn of foot.
Angel also has an uncanny ability to start and stop his fantastic closing runs. If the odds difference between Angel and Arc wasn’t so significant, the Cox runner would be the choice.
Show: National Treasure +500
The Bob Baffert trained Preakness winner can for sure add the Belmont Stakes trophy to the mantle. However, we must question how legit the Preakness win was.
National Treasure got away with soft fractions to win the second jewel. Also, outside of Mage, the field wasn’t deep because First Mission scratched the day before the race.
On Saturday, National Treasure takes on Angel of Empire, Arcangelo, and 2-year-old champ Forte. In addition, Tapit Shoes is likely to go for the lead and dare National Treasure to press.
The Preakness winner won’t finish off the board because National Treasure is still one of the most talented equines in the race. But a second straight Triple Crown race victory doesn’t seem possible.
Fourth: Forte +250
Because Todd Pletcher trains we must take the Derby morning line chalk seriously to win the Belmont Stakes. There are some serious questions, though, like is there any truth to the story that Forte failed a drug test last fall in New York?
Also, what about the injury to Forte’s right leg that led to the Derby scratch? In addition, Forte may have to improve in this, and that isn’t likely since the Belmont is a 1 ½ mile race.
A deserving favorite, yes, but the top choice against this field? Not even close.
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|Angel of Empire||+350|
|Red Route One||+1500|
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