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Test Of Champions

Posted by on 6/3/2014 10:12:48 PM

The mile and a half Belmont Stakes is referred to as the Test of Champions but online sports betting site players know that each of the stops on the Triple Crown Trail brings a unique perspective.

By the time the 10 or 11 strong get to New York this year, it has become evident that only the fittest survive.

Tradition is steep when talking the Belmont Stakes. The filly Ruthless won the first running in 1867 at Jerome Park. Count Fleet completed his Triple Crown quest taking the 1943 edition winning by 25 lengths. It was the largest margin of victory until Secretariat set the record of 2:24 winning off by 31 in 1973.

What makes the 1973 timing so incredible is that it was a full 2 seconds faster than the next fastest set by New York’s own Easy Goer in 1989. Risen Star, A.P. Indy and Point Given posted the 3 next fastest Belmonts.

Several Belmont Stakes hopefuls drilled recently. California Chrome has been galloping locally and seems to be getting better almost hourly. In the work on June 1 the colt got the last quarter in :23.33 and he galloped out in :59.59 and got 6 furlongs in 1:12.61.

His regular rider, Victor Espinoza, was up for the drill, Espinoza: “It was great. I started not too fast and I picked it up a little bit at the end. When we crossed the wire, I kind of dropped the reins a little bit and he did what he always does: his job.”

Ride on Curlin has also been galloping and has taken to the Belmont surface. He was solid in the Preakness but both of his have been sprints. The positive as far as stamina is concerned is that his sire won the Preakness and was 2nd beaten a neck in the Belmont Stakes.

The Peter Pan hero Tonalist also drilled on June 1. He worked in company and was clocked in 1:00 with splits of :24 4/5, :47 4/5, and galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:12 4/5. Life in Shambles worked with Tonalist and that runner has some semblance of talent. Shambles lost his debut but won his next pair and was 2nd beaten a head in a $100,000 stakes at Pimlico.

Samraat worked on his stamina by going a mile on June 1. At Aqueduct, he was timed in 1:41 28. Medal Count and General a Rod drilled at Churchill.

Medal Count sizzled in his 6 furlong spin getting that time in the best of the morning 1:10 3/5.

General a Rod breezed a furlong shorter and he got his 5 furlongs in 1:00 1/5, which was the best of 10 moves at the distance.

Basically, at this point, it is what it is. A horse is either fit or doing well or he is not. No matter how fit a runner is, this challenge will tax each runner to the nth degree.

Before betting the Belmont Stakes, try to look for positive body language when the runners get on the track and the race is imminent.

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