Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Nomination Is In: June 6th, 2009; Belmont Stakes Day Race 6; The True North Handicap Grade II

An interesting six furlong affair only semi interested me once the handicap was finished. The race marks the return of Benny the Bull who will have his hands full with Fabulous Strike, the 2-1 Morning Line favorite.

The picture to the left is of Benny the Bull in the winners circle after taking this race a year ago. He'll have Prado up again as he tries to repeat.

Race 6 BEL: The True North Handicap Grade II: 6F on dirt for 3 YO and UP.

With only six starters and two super heavy weights, the risk-reward factor for placing money on this race starts to make this handicapper question the reasoning. Then again, a few small wagers that take either Benny the Bull and Fabluous Strike and tie them to a horse that will go off better then 5-1, someone like Silver Edition or Desert Key, will make a nice Exacta Payout.

I'm a huge proponent of current form, and to this Turk that generally means a race in the past two months. Quality horses can always contrdict the rules, especially at shorter distances. That said, Fabluous Strike should win this race and deserved the chalk, but Benny the Bull is better and we'll see if he can prove it today.

Ripped from NYRA Belmont Park Website


Weather: Sunny

Track: Good

Turf: Soft

Races off the Turf: 12,13

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