Belmont Horses in Focus for Friday June 9th

Race 5:

Salmanazar (#7)

Earned a field-best 102 TimeformUS Speed Figure in his debut.

The runner-up in his last race came back to break his maiden by 8 lengths.

DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Todd Pletcher is 11 for 27 (41%) with a $2.42 ROI with 2-year-old debut winners making their second starts in dirt sprints with John Velazquez riding.

2-1 on ML

Race 7:

J.S. Choice (#12)

Ran well in all of his New York starts as a 2-year-old.

Got a nightmare of a trip in the Breeders’ Cup at the end of last year.

DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Todd Pletcher is 20 for 75 with a $2.18 ROI bringing horses back in turf routes of layoffs of 180 days or more.

6-1 on ML

 

Race 8:

Fellowship (#5)

The Pace Projector is predicting he will get a fast pace to close into.

His strong win at Laurel two back suggests that he’s improved as a 4-year-old.

Will appreciate the turnback in distance.

8-1 on ML

 

Race 10:

St Michel (#13)

Finished a good third to two of the best stayers in Europe in the Doncaster Cup last year.

Is relatively young for this group and has a right to keep improving as a 4-year-old.

Gets a positive rider switch to Irad Ortiz.

4-1 on ML

 

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