This race could easily be a Grade 3 stakes. There are just so many talented runners signed on to participate.
Almasty (#8) has to be considered one of the top contenders after his encouraging return effort last time. He’s a bit better going a mile, but he handled the seven furlongs last time while only losing to a very talented runner in Full Mast. He’s proven capable of rating, which should serve him well as he faces off against the speedy Macagone.
Macagone (#1) set a very fast pace in the Kingston last time, which should have set things up for Kharafa, who failed to capitalize. Macagone is a horse that seems to relax around two turns, but can be difficult to rate at times and has not had as much success in one-turn races at Belmont.
We felt that Kharafa (#5) should have been second in the Kingston last time after working out such a great trip. The winner was the beneficiary of a very fast pace, but Kharafa couldn’t even outrun his rival King Kreesa, who had been chasing that pace early. We wonder if he’s losing a step at age seven.
Our top pick is BLACKTYPE (#3).