Belmont Park horse for the course has racked up 6 wins and a place in 9 prior career
races at Belmont, and many of those came in tougher spots than this one, including
wins in the Vosburgh and a in this same race, where he is the defending
champion. Returned last time out for his 6yo debut with a dominating Grade 3
stakes win. Third in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. First here today on his favorite
Race 10 – Belmont Gold Cup
#8 Baron Samedi
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#8 Baron Samedi is an Irish invader
who much have had this Grade 2 $400,000 race circled on his calendar because he
is tailor-made to win this race. Picks up Johnny Velazquez for the mount coming
out of a Group 3 win last time at 1 ¾ miles. Shipped to Longchamp France to win
a Group 2 race two starts ago, and now has reeled off six straight wins. True
European stayer for this 2-mile race looks good.
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Trade, who can bump up the value of the exotics in this race at morning line
odds of 10-1. Grade 3-placed horse at 1 ½ miles has prior stakes experience in
a 2-mile turf race, having finished second in the Allen Jerkens at Gulfstream.
Should be forwardly-place on or close to the pace at this distance, and could
forget to stop.
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