Belmont Park, Horse racing, Triple Crown

Belmont Park opinions for Saturday, June 6

Jeff Nahill’s Belmont Stakes picks

#6 Frosted

#5 American Pharoah

#2 Tale of Verve

#8 Materiality


Race 6: #10 Sky Kingdom (6-1)

This race is a trial for jockey Victor Espinoza and trainer Bob Baffert for the Belmont later in the day. This 6-year-old has never been worse than second at this distance and he has been training lights out at Santa Anita for this race.


Race 7: #10 Light the City (12-1)

Tough to explain her last, but she has since been sent East to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who is 58% with horses the first time he runs them. She seems to be training well at Belmont and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who is 34% with McLaughlin, takes over.


Race 10: #8 Biz the Nurse (15-1)

Our Eyes:  This horse makes his third start in the U.S. and he was a good fourth last time out at Keeneland. He’s moving up in class but in Grade I company in Europe and could be ready to unlease a big effort with new rider Joel Rosario.


Race 13: #8 Biz Looie (12-1) ***

Our Eyes:  Trainer Jorge Navarro has a horse in the Met Mile and brings this high-priced claimer along, too, and also lets jockey Martin Pedroza ride. This gelding is coming off a wire-to-wire win at Gulfstream, beating the morning-line favorite in this race, Social Inclusion.

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Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Horse racing

Belmont, Churchill opinions for Friday, June 5


Race 2: #7 Joking (12-1)

Trainer Charlton Baker is 30% with beaten favorites. The gelding should enjoy the extra furlong and his runner-up effort last time.


Race 4: #3 Swipe (12-1)

This colt is still a maiden, but had a nice runner-up effort at Santa Anita and trainer Keith Desormeaux puts him on a plane for New York. By Birdstone, this horse should enjoy the extra furlong and brother, Kent Desormeaux rides back.


Race 7: #5 Boone Station (15-1)

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is 29% the second time he puts a horse on the turf and this son of Street Cry should going further.


Race 10: #9 Manchurian High (8-1)

We liked this 7-year-old on the Preakness undercard, but we didn’t get the kick in the stretch we expected off slow front end fractions. Maybe that was a better than looked and he’ll like going the 2-mile distance here.


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Race 8: #4 My Shout (NL)

Trainer Bret Calhoun may be trying to pull a fast one here as he drops this Louisiana-bred into a claimer for the first time, a move he is successful 26% of the time. Look back at this gelding’s best race ever because it came at this exact distance.

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