The June 27 card at Belmont Park includes four stakes races, topped by the $250,000 Just a Game Stakes (G1) featuring some of the best turf mares in North America.
Belmont Park Picks
The four stakes start with the $100,000 Vagrancy Handicap (G3) for fillies and mares going 6 ½ furlongs. Come Dancing returns to sprinting after trying 1 1/16 miles in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom last out. Last year she won four major stakes including the Grade 1 Ballerina. She faces classy sprinter Chalon who returns off a layoff from October, and Royal Charlotte who was a Grade 2 winner at Saratoga last year.
The $250,000 New York Stakes (G2) has seven runners, with the Graham Motion-trained Mean Mary on the outside riding a three-race win streak. Call Me Love breaks from the rail off a second-place finish here June 3, her first try in the United States.
The $150,000 True North (G2) goes as Race 9. Promises Fulfilled and Firenze Fire have the two outside gates in a field of eight. Promises Fulfilled makes his first start of 2020, but he has been a graded stakes winner all three seasons he has raced. Firenze Fire has won three of six on the track.
The $250,000 Just A Game (G1) features the return of 2020 TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner Uni. She was a two-time Grade 1 winner last year, and has won three of four on this track for Chad Brown, who also starts the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) heroine Newspaperofrecord, a winner on the track at seven furlongs June 6.
Here are my selections and wagers for the day.
Race 7 - $1 Trifecta Box 1, 5, 7
$5 Win #2 Mother Mother
Race 8 - $10 Win #7 Mean Mary
$1 Exacta Box 1, 4, 7
$1 Pick 3 6, 7
1, 4, 6
Race 10 - $5 Win #1 Beau Recall
$2 Trifecta Key 4, 6 with 1, 4, 6, 7