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Belmont Racetrack will take center stage when the Belmont Stakes betting action goes to post on Saturday. Today, we'll make our Belmont Stakes free picks that will help you cash in against the Belmont Stakes odds.
Fly Down (+450 at BetUS Sportsbook) – Fly Down becomes a very interesting selection in the Belmont Stakes because of his most recent win at the Grade II Dwyer on this same racetrack. Horses that have had success in the Big Apple in lead up races to the final leg of the Triple Crown have historically had plenty of success in the Belmont Stakes as well. Look no further than Summer Bird in 2009 or Birdstone in 2004 to show that you don't have to run in the first two legs of the Triple Crown to win the third. However, Fly Down was the second favorite choice in that race and doesn't really have a superb resume behind him coming into the Belmont Stakes. A ninth place finish at the Louisiana Derby is probably what kept trainer Nick Zito from entering him in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes, but Fly Down is certainly ready to challenge at the Belmont.
Ice Box (+300 at BetUS Sportsbook) – The morning line favorite for this event, Ice Box finished second at the Kentucky Derby to Super Saver. Many think that Ice Box's run in the Run for the Roses was more impressive than Super Saver's win, because he faced a very difficult ride that saw him have to rally from 19th place to nearly nip the winner at the stretch run before falling a tad flat. Many also feel that the run at 1 1/4 miles in which he ran out of a tad bit of gas may be a sign that he won't be able to last the entire 1 1/2 miles. However, there are a lot of weak links in this field, and we think that Ice Box is going to ultimately end up sticking in the money in spite of the fact that we're not so sure that he has the legs for the distance either.
First Dude (+350 at BetUS Sportsbook) – My, what a difference a race makes! First Dude was a huge longshot in the Preakness Stakes, but he bounced out to the lead early and nearly beat Lookin At Lucky at the wire. No one is doubting the fact that this horse can run the distance here at the Belmont, but our Belmont Stakes picks are going to be on him to come in second once again. First Dude will inevitably get out to the front of the pack yet again and try to run wire-to-wire, but it is incredibly rare to see a horse pull off that feat for a mile, let alone for a mile and a half. The odds aren't great here, but we can't ignore First Dude after that run in the Preakness.
Drosselmeyer (+1200 at BetUS Sportsbook) – This Belmont Stakes pick might surprise some, but Drosselmeyer was the odds on favorite to win the Dwyer over Fly Down for a good reason. He had a miserable run that day, slipping out of the gate and running into traffic that took him off of his game. Still, finishing second best was impressive against a reasonable crop of three year olds. If Drosselmeyer gets off to a clean start and ends up in a decent stalking lane, he should have the distance breeding in him to make his move at the wire. Last year, Summer Bird took down the Belmont Stakes after winning on this track the month before, and we expect Drosselmeyer to prove why he was odds on against the best of the three year olds that are running in horse racing's most grueling test.
Cappers Info Superfecta – #7 Drosselmeyer – #11 First Dude – #6 Ice Box – #5 Fly Down