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Big day at Belmont Park today for Breeders’ Cup preps. Here’s a few thoughts:

FIFTH RACE (Beldame) 12:09 p.m.: Don’t see anyone beating Royal Delta (3-5), the defending BC Ladies Classic winner, and Princess of Sylmar (2-1), the up-and-coming 3-year-old from the Todd Pletcher barn.

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SIXTH RACE (Kelso) 12:41 p.m.: Graydar (7-5) will be tough to beat for Pletcher, but he has been away since March. I’m going with Hymn Book (6-1) for Shug McGaughey. The 7-year-old gelding has 3 wins and 3 seconds in seven tries at Belmont.

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SEVENTH RACE (Vosburgh) 1:13 p.m.: I’m not really sure I understand trainer Doug O’Neill’s logic in sending Private Zone (4-1) East after his big win in the Pirates Bounty on closing day at Del Mar. That being said. The 4-year-old gelding loves the distance. However, we’re going to go with Justin Phillip (3-1), who has three wins at Belmont and a big work showing.

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EIGHTH RACE (Flower Bowl) 1:45 p.m.: Looks like a wide-open race to me so in that case let’s go with Mystical Star (4-1) and White Rose (15-1). Both get tested for class and where else are you going to get trainer Bill Mott and jockey John Velazquez at 15-1?

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NINTH RACE (Turf Classic) 2:17 p.m.: Another wide-open affair. King Kressa (12-1) just lost to reigning horse of the year Wise Dan at Saratoga and deserves a strong look as does Nutello (8-1) for trainer Graham Motion.

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10th RACE (Jockey Club Gold Cup) 2:49 p.m.: I’m not sure how good Vitoria Olimpica (20-1) is, but Pletcher puts him in this tough spot so he must be doing pretty good while making his third start in the United States after importing from Brazil. Palace Malice (4-1) had all kinds of trouble in the Travers and might just be the best 3-year-old in the country despite Will Take Charge’s last two wins. Flat Out (3-1) is 5-for-6 over the surface.

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