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Mine That Bird definite for Belmont, Rachel a maybe

Posted by Pete Mitchell on 4/26/2012 10:14:58 AM

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Rachel Alexandra held off a fast-closing Mine That Bird to become the first filly in 85 years to capture the Preakness. Both horses turned in courageous efforts. Rachel Alexandra dueled for the lead outside of Big Drama for the first six furlongs.

The fractions of :23, :46 3/5, and 1:11 were certainly honest on a track listed as “fast” but nevertheless somewhat tiring.

Belmont Stakes: Rachel Alexandra under consideration

  • WHO: Mine That Bird, Rachel Alexandra, Charitable Man
  • WHAT: The Belmont Stakes
  • WHERE: Belmont Park
  • WHEN: Saturday, June 6

Rachel Alexandra dispatched that rival and opened a 4-length lead at the head of the stretch, winning by a diminishing length. Mine That Bird had to weave his way through traffic and was finishing fastest of all at the end. Rachel Alexandra returned $5.60 to her backers, and considering the recent accomplishments of both horses, the exacta paid an extremely generous $39.20.

Mine That Bird continues to thrive after the first two legs of the Triple Crown and is a definite starter for the Belmont Stakes on June 6th. It is unknown who will ride the pint-sized gelding at this time, as Mike Smith has a prior commitment, and Calvin Borel will stick with Rachel Alexandra if she runs. Her status for the Belmont Stakes should become clear after her next scheduled workout, on Monday, May 25.

Following are the horses under consideration for the Belmont Stakes:

Belmont Possibles

Horse

Trainer

Last Race

Finish

Brave Victory

N. Zito

Peter Pan S.

3rd

Charitable Man

K. McLaughlin

Peter Pan S.

1st

Chocolate Candy

J. Hollendorfer

Kentucky Derby

5th

Dunkirk

T. Pletcher

Kentucky Derby

11th

Flying Private

D. W. Lukas

Preakness S.

4th

Luv Gov

D. W. Lukas

Preakness S.

8th

Mine That Bird

B. Woolley

Preakness S.

2nd

Miner’s Escape

N. Zito

Tesio S.

1st

Mr. Hot Stuff

E. Harty

Kentucky Derby

15th

Nowhere to Hide

N. Zito

Kentucky Derby

17th

Rachel Alexandra

S. Asmussen

Preakness S.

1st

Summer Bird

T. Ice

Kentucky Derby

6th

Of the new shooters, Charitable Man should pose the main threat. He’s coming off an impressive 3 ¾-length score in the Peter Pan at Belmont Park.

Stay tuned for future updates on the Belmont Stakes, as well as other major stakes action in the world of thoroughbred horse racing.

Pete Mitchell has been handicapping horses since his teenage years. He has been a professional horse player for many years, and came to betonline.com’s attention through multiple referrals from industry insiders/sportsbook owners. Pete is revered for his horse handicapping opinion and industry experts acknowledge his impressive career winning record. Thoughts or questions?

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