Belmont Stakes Trifecta PicksJosh Bailey
Like I did in the Preakness Stakes, even though it didn’t work out for me, I’m going to key 2 horses on the top of my Belmont Stakes trifecta ticket. Neither of the 2 horses is going to be Exaggerator. I believe that Exaggerator is going to find it much tougher in the Belmont than he did in the Preakness. I’m using Todd Pletcher’s 2 top horses in the Belmont: Destin and Stradivari.
A Closer Look At My Belmont Stakes Trifecta 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
Key: 2-Destin, 5-Stradivari
2-Destin– Throw out his Kentucky Derby run. It had been 8 weeks before his last race. It’s awfully tough for a three-year-old to run its best in a 20 horse race only off of works. Destin figures to be much tighter in the rematch versus Exaggerator.
5-Stradivari – After studying the past performances, it looks to me like Stradivari, like Destin, is going to get a perfect trip behind front runner Gettysburg. Holding off Exaggerator is tough to do, but it’s worth giving it a shot in the trifecta.
Place & Show: 1-Governor Malibu, 3-Cherry Wine, 4-Suddenbreakingnews, 5-Stradivari, 6-Destin,10-Lani, 11-Exaggerator
1-Governor Malibu 12/1 -I love how he’s coming up to the race. He’s going to need a lot of luck in order to go up the rail again like he did in the Peter Pan. But most of horse racing is luck.
3-Cherry Wine 8/1 – I know that the pace in the Preakness was crazy fast. But Cherry Wine was closing in the Bluegrass Stakes in April as well. He could plop up for second or third and is much preferred to use in the trifecta to Brody’s Cause.
4-Suddenbreakingnews 10/1 – Talented closers like Cherry Wine and Suddenbreakingnews have the ability to come up in the exacta or trifecta in a 1 ½ mile race. It depends on when they start to close and whether or not they can sustain it. I think Suddenbreakingnews can sustain it.
10-Lani 20/1 – I love how this guy improved from the Kentucky Derby to the Preakness. He broke badly in both of those races. All he needs is a clean break in order to possibly have a say in the outcome.
11-Exaggerator 9/5 – There’ a reason he’s going to go off at 7/5 to win the Belmont Stakes. He’s an exceptionally talented horse who beat the heck out of most of these 3 weeks ago.
$1 Trifecta Play
2/5 w/1,2,3,4,5,6,10,11 w/1,2,3,4,5,6,10,11
Total = $84
|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|