Belmont Horses in Focus for Thursday, May 9

Race 1: Orbolution (#2)

  • Was stymied in behind tiring runners for the entire stretch drive of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last time.
  • Has been training strongly for her return down at Palm Beach Downs.
  • DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past 5 years, Todd Pletcher is 8 for 17 (47 percent, $4.55 ROI) with horses coming off layoffs of 300 days or more in turf routes.

7-2 on ML

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Race 3: Militiaman (#1)

  • Lost significant ground on the far turn while mounting a wide rally into contention.
  • Raced greenly while trying to lug in through the stretch last time, and should improve with experience.
  • Is bred to have ability as a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Handsome Mike and Grade 1 winner Union Strike.

6-1 on ML

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Race 7: Northern Haze (#2) / Soul Fight (#2B)

  • Northern Haze put in a strong final quarter mile after racing greenly, and galloped out with energy.
  • Soul Fight debuts, and John Terranova is 5 for 17 (29 percent, $14.31 ROI) with first time starters in turf sprints over 5 years.
  • This entry may be an overlay in a race that features many viable options for bettors.

8-1 on ML

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