Belterra Parks oddsmaker/announcer Meyer makes Belmont picks
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Here is how Belterra Park announcer and oddsmaker Ed Meyer sees the Belmont Stakes playing out on Saturday:
OVERVIEW: The oldest Triple Crown race the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes takes place this Saturday. There's an undefeated runner by the name of Justify looking to be the 13th Triple Crown winner, as his trainer is looking to be the second ever to saddle two Triple Crown winners, joining "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons. It was 45 years ago when Secretariat romped into racing history winning by 31 lengths, and this Saturday will have the full attention of racing fans from all walks.
Race #11 - The 150th Belmont Stakes
TOP THREE SELECTIONS:
- No. 1 - Justify: A son of Scat Daddy is a perfect 5-for-5 and has won on fast and muddy tracks alike. Drawing the rail may not have been his best bet, but his rider Mike Smith is a master getting his horses to settle. You can bet dollars to donuts Smith will have Justify in the perfect spot going into the first turn. He has a tactical turn of foot and can take the lead or lay just off. The fractions may not be as demanding as the two previous legs, and this has always been known as a rider's race. If he's half as good as he's been training, this will be his race to lose and we'll see the 13th Triple Crown winner enter the pantheon of racing.
- No. 4 - Hofburg: This son of Tapit has been a bit a scrapper. Toss out the Derby where he had an eventful trip, and you're looking at a runner who could be a part of the action. He has the look of a stalker who can turn on the heat late in the lane. Irad Ortiz in the irons and he's one of the best closing riders in the business.
- No. 10 - Blended Citizen: Kyle Frey in the saddle and is a stone cold closer. He won the Peter Pan Stakes which has been a stepping-stone race to prep for the Belmont. He won the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park and is the only horse to have a win over the track. He has the look of a late bloomer and could make a big run at the top of the lane.