Top Sleepers For The 2019 Belmont Stakes
Last year, Belmont Stakes celebrated its 150th anniversary. A century and a half on, one of the jewels in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes remains one of the most highly attended and exciting races of its kind.
Today Nitrogen Sports Blog focuses on some of the Belmont Stakes sleepers for 2019, who have the biggest potential to pull the rug from underneath the favorites on June 8.
Owendale was a dark horse (pun intended!) for Preakness as well. And, he performed nicely, finishing third, which leads us to think he may be ready to produce a surprise victory at Belmont Stakes.
Owendale trainer Brad Cox has amassed an impressive 88 wins this year alone.
Master Fencer (+1100)
The first Japanese bred to run the Kentucky Derby has caught many observers’ eyes. He finished sixth at the Derby. Previously, he had finished fourth in the Hyacinth and second in the Fukuryu, both in Japan.
There’s one more important thing on the line at the Belmont Stakes, namely a $1 million bonus offered to any Japanese-based winner. The bonus earnings will be added to the $800,000 share of the purse due to be offered to the winner.
Master Fencer is definitely one of the Belmont Stakes sleepers to watch out for in 2019.
It’s difficult to anticipate what Everfast will do. Simply put, his form has rarely been consistent. But, there’s no better indicator for a horse’s form ahead of Belmont than their performance at the Preakness Stakes.
If we continue using the Kentucky Derby as a standard, then Spinoff may fall short at Belmont. He finished only 18th during the Run for the Roses. However, he is arguably the most undervalued participant in the third leg of the Triple Crown this year.
Spinoff, one of the Belmont Stakes sleepers in 2019, was a runner-up at the Louisiana Derby and finished his training run of five furlongs in 59.91 seconds — better than several of his competitors. A longshot for certain, but one to keep in mind.
Intrepid Heart (+1400)
Intrepid Heart is another longshot. But, the Belmont Stakes are known to reward stamina rather than speed. Intrepid Heart has the pedigree (he is a son of Tapit) and is trained by Pletcher Racing, who have won the race three times in the past.
Intrepid Heart is certainly not the favorite, but good value to produce an offset.
The favorites don’t always rule in Triple Crown races. That’s the same reason why the Belmont Stakes sleepers for 2019 discussed above each deserves a closer look.
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