Belmont Stakes Picks

Update: Casino Drive scratched. Drop Icabad Crane into the triple.

The deep stretch at the Belmont Stakes is notorious for dashing the triple crown dreams of many a horse. Who can forget Birdstone overtaking Smarty Jones to silence an overflow crowd in 2004? Not me. I had Birdstone and won big. Unfortunately, I’m not sure we’re going to see that kind of an upset this weekend. Big Brown is a great horse (juiced on steroids?), with the whole package: speed, stamina, and desire. Casino Drive is the wild card. On hype alone, I’m putting him in the triple, but I’m skeptical. We’ll see.

Anyway, here are the picks:

Take the trifecta box on:

Big Brown
Dennis of Cork
Casino Drive

Take Dennis of Cork or Icabad Crane as your long(ish) shots to win.

Here’s the Daily Racing Form’s (free) Past Performance Sheet.

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