Mariners -1.5 (+170) - We think King Felix at +170 is too good to pass up.
Brewers / Dbacks under 9
White Sox -170
Will post the evening games & NBA soon!
With the Belmont Stakes only 2 weeks away, this is our initial analysis of the race and the horses we expect to contend. Will I’ll Have Another make history and win the Triple Crown, or will he just be the next horse in line to lose the final leg after getting America’s hopes up?
One horse that will not stand in his way is Bodemeister. After 2 heartbreaking loses Bob Baffert has said Bodemeister will not run in the Belmont. Baffert has said he is aiming for the Haskell Stakes, at Monmouth Park to be his next race. This would give Bodemeister much needed rest until July 31.
Two horses who could be dangerous in ending I’ll Have Another’s triple crown hopes are Union Rags and Dullahan, neither of which ran in the Preakness Stakes. As posted previously, Union Rags has a new jockey on board for the Belmont, John Velazquez and had the fastest final fractions of any horse in the Derby. His trainer Michael Matz and owners are blaming his poor Derby finish on jockey Julien Leparoux. So how will Union Rags fair with Velazquez? Also another contender is Dullahan, the 3rd place finisher in the Derby will enter the Belmont with the same rest. Jerry Crawford, a partner in the stable who owns Dullahan said of his chances “we believe we have a three-year-old ‘Horse of the Year’ candidate and that his future is best served by not asking him to race for the third time in just five weeks in the Preakness.”
Other notable horses in the field are Paynter, trained by Bob Baffert who finished 2nd in the Derby trail back in January. Alpha, another Derby horse who finished 12th but was 2nd in the Wood Memorial coming into the Derby. And don’t count out Julien Leparoux who was booted off Derby favorite Union Rags who will be riding Atigun.
Can any of these horses defeat I’ll Have Another? Or will we see the first Triple Crown since 1978? In 2 weeks we will all find out!