2016 Belmont Stakes Exacta PicksJosh Bailey
The final leg of the Triple Crown is this Saturday, June 11. Exaggerator, the morning line favorite, breaks from post 11. Can Exaggerator make it 2 Triple Crown races in the row? Maybe. But for my exacta picks, I like the look of Destin (pictured) as a serious key horse in both the win and place slots.
A Closer Look At The 2016 Belmont Stakes Exacta Picks
What: Belmont Stakes 2016
When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Start Time: 5:45 PM ET
Where: Elmont, N.Y.
Stadium: Belmont Park
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Win: 2-Destin 6/1
Destin had a terrible Kentucky Derby where he lost by 7 lengths. There was a spot in the Derby 5 weeks ago where it appeared as if Destin might do enough in the stretch to win the race or to at least hit the board. He ended up 6th. That’s not bad. Trainer Todd Pletcher has done this before where he skips the Preakness and has a horse in the Belmont who has a huge say in the outcome. We’ll see if Destin is that horse.
Place: 1-Governor Malibu, 3-Cherry Wine, 4-Suddenbreakingnews, 5-Stradivari,10-Lani, 11-Exaggerator
1-Governor Malibu 12/1 -His second in the Peter Pan was excellent. Jockey Joel Rosario brought him up the rail in that race. Same tactics may be applied today.
3-Cherry Wine 8/1 – His fast closing second in the Preakness was a huge improvement. If he improves again, he could get into the exacta.
5-Stradivari 5/1 – The pace was too much, too soon for this incredibly talented horse trained by Pletcher. Maybe, the Preakness gave him the bottom he needs to get into the exacta.
10-Lani 20/1 – His Preakness was much, much better than his Derby. Plus, he bobbled in the Preakness and still ran on for 5th.
11-Exaggerator 9/5 – You can’t leave the chalk off. Is he Afleet Alex, who came back to win the Preakness and Belmont after finishing 3rd in the Derby, or is he Shackleford,, who finished off the board in the Belmont after winning the Preakness?
$4 Exacta Play
I’m playing I’m playing Destin on top in $4 exactas.
$2 Exacta Play
I’m reversing and putting Destin in the place slot in $2 exactas
Total = $36
|Post/Horse||Morning Line Odds|
|1. Governor Malibu||12-1|
|3. Cherry Wine||8-1|
|7. Seeking the Soul||30-1|
|8. Forever d’Oro||30-1|
|9. Trojan Nation||30-1|
|12. Brody’s Cause||20-1|