Belmont Horses in Focus for Saturday, October 5

Race 4: Maedean (#6)

  • Was wide against a significant rail bias in her debut.
  • Good sign that John Velazquez keeps the mount in a race where he certainly had other options.
  • Is bred to relish this distance as a daughter of Tapit out of a classy turf routing family.

3-1 on ML

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Race 5: Final Frontier (#3)

  • Was compromised by breaking over a length slower than winner Shekky Shebaz in the Lucky Coin last time.
  • Should sit a perfect trip in behind a few key speed rivals.
  • Has arguably run his best races going this 6-furlong distance.

7-2 on ML

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Race 8: Digital Age (#5)

  • Got too rank in the Jockey Club Derby, making a premature backstretch move.
  • Will appreciate the turnback in distance after failing to handle the tests of stamina in his last few starts.
  • Beat today’s likely favorite in the American Turf back in May going a similar distance.

9-2 on ML

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Race 9: Channel Maker (#7)

  • Won this race last year in gate-to-wire fashion and would benefit from a similar trip here.
  • Was wide in the Bowling Green two back and then chasing a fast pace in the Sword Dancer last time.
  • Has earned his two Grade 1 victories over this course.

7-2 on ML

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