Belmont Highlight Horse for Friday: Camp Courage should appreciate return to sprinting

Belmont | Race 6 | Post Time 5:45 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs 

Get Jets (#7) is going to be an awfully short price in this race, and he deserves to be. Coming off a lengthy layoff last time, he showed no signs of rust when rallying to finish a strong second to the talented Tombelaine over this same course and distance. A repeat of that performance will be tough for these to beat, and I don’t deny that he is the most likely winner. However, there is another horse in this race that I think could get overlooked in the wagering and will offer far better value.

CAMP COURAGE (#4) did not show much in his U.S. debut at Gulfstream. He was off slowly and checked at the start before getting eased in the stretch. I think he could run a lot better here. Based on his French form, he’s really more of a sprinting type, so this one-turn seven furlongs should be to his liking. Furthermore, he’s a horse that was forwardly placed in those early starts, so he could find himself close to the front in a race lacking much pace as long as he breaks cleanly. All of his turf Timeform numbers were earned as a 2-year-old, and he has a right to have improved since then. He actually kept good company in those races, even finishing second to eventual middle-distance monster Almanzor.


Win/place: 4

Trifecta: 4, 7 with 4, 7 with 1, 2, 3, 5, 9

Trifecta: 7 with 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 with 4



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