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The 146th Belmont Stakes selections
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Ed Meyer, track announcer and morning line odds maker at Belterra Park, makes his picks for the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes.
There have only been eleven, and its been 36-years since the last one graced the winners circle. If you dont know the answer, you can easily find out this Saturday as California Chrome attempts to write a new chapter in the history of racing. It seems like yesterday when America fell in love with the epic rivalry of Affirmed and Alydar. The Belmont Stakes offers up the biggest stage to showcase the best of their generation.
The (G-1) Belmont Stakes 1 - 6:52 p.m. ET
#2 -California Chrome (3-5) = Victor Espinoza in the saddle for Art Sherman. They bring a modestly priced colt into the third jewel of the Triple Crown. He is riding a 6-race winning streak, and took down the Derby and Preakness along the way. He has been working very well, and appears to be getting stronger with every race. His style is versatile, and is expected to be near the lead or take it in hand if the fractions are soft. The connections have caught the attention of the racing world, and the world is climbing onto the bandwagon making him (3-5). Theres only one who can put his name next to the racing immortals, and at (3-5) the betting world is sure to follow.
#4 Commanding Curve (15-1) = Shaun Brigmohan aboard for Dallas Stewart. There are late bloomers, and this son of Master Command is re-writing the code. His last race in the Derby was better than odds may suggest. He maneuvered around traffic, and was 8-wide flying for place money. If anything impedes Chrome, this late runner will be a big player in the outcome of the race. The race shows a bevy of early run talent, and this guy comes running like a down bound train.
#8 Commissioner (20-1) = Javier Castellano in the irons for Todd Pletcher, and his last out in the Peter Pan may not have been his best effort. He is a closing son of A.P. Indy, and the stretch-out in ground should keep him a bit closer to the speed. He always gets bet on the odds board, and the connections who are winning (33%) deserve a hard look.