Charlie Cooper’s Belmont Stakes picks


The 145th Belmont Stakes

Belmont Park June 8, 2013

Handicapper Charlie Cooper

Best Bet: Race 10 Point of Entry

Best Longshot: Race 9 Capo Bastone

Race 1: 10-9-7-6

Race 2: 3-2-7-9

Race 3: 9-1-2-5

Race 4: 8-4-9-2

Race 5: 5-2-6-8

Race 12: 7-3-5-1

Race 13: 1-4-7-6

No. Horse; Jockey; Comments; Odds

Race 6: 1 1/16 Mi; EASY GOER STAKES; Purse $150,000; 3 YO

1 Always in a Tiz; Cohen; Blinkers off may be the key; 6-1

2 Power Broker; Napravnik; The one to beat; 7-5

9 Irsaal; Ortiz; A big factor late; 4-1

4 Doherty; Velazquez; Never off the board; 6-1

8 Wabbajack; Maragh; 8-1

7 Micromanage; Castellano; 12-1

6 Eton Blue; Lezcano; 20-1

5 New Line; Alvarado; 10-1

3 Puget Sound; Velasquez; 30-1

Race 7: 6 Furlongs; TRUE NORTH HANDICAP; Purse $400,000; 3 YO & Up

1a Fast Bullet; Rosario; The one to catch?; 7-5

5 Caixa Eletronica; Castellano; Completes the exacta; 7-2

6 Sage Valley; Maragh; Will keep top choice honest; 5-2

1 Justin Phillip; Velazquez; Will love pace scenario; 7-5

3 Reload; Saez; 6-1

2 Laurie’s Rocket; Stevens; 12-1

4 Off the Jak; Martinez; 15-1

Race 8: 1 Mi; LONGINES JUST A GAME STAKES; Purse $500,000 Fillies and Mares; 3 YO & Up

6 Mizdirection; Smith; Goes for 9th win in last 10 races; 7-2

1 Hungry Island; Gomez; Should have won last; 4-1

3 Centre Court; Leparoux; No worse than second on turf; 3-1

2 Stephanie’s Kitten; Velazquez; Close to a million on turf; 5-2

7 Better Lucky; Rosario; 12-1

4 Dayatthespa; Castellano; 6-1

5 Laugh Out Loud; Stevens; 15-1

Race 9: 7 Furlongs; WOODY STEPHENS STAKES; Purse $400,000; 3 YO

3 Capo Bastone; Velazquez; Up in time; 6-1

1 Declan’s Warrior; Lezcano; Beaten just a neck in career; 8-1

11 Let Em Shine; Maldonado; The one to catch?; 3-1

5 Honorable Dillon; Alvarado; Should be a factor late; 12-1

9 Clearly Now; Saez; 8-1

7 Forty Tales; Rosario; 5-1

6 Zee Bros; Napravnik; 4-1

10 Merit Man; Desormeaux; 10-1

8 Tenango; Cohen; 20-1

2 Salutos Amigos; Leparoux; 20-1

4 Retreive; Ortiz; 30-1

Race 10: 1¼ Mi; WOODFORD RESERVE MANHATTAN HANDICAP; Purse $500,000 3 YO & Up

1 Point of Entry; Velazquez; Looks unbeatable; 3-5

5 Optimizer; Rosario; In good form; 6-1

2 Quick Casablanca; Alvarado; Game in first US start; 12-1

7 Bombaguia; Prado; Beaten but was best last out; 15-1

8 Twilight Eclipse; Castellano; 8-1

4 Real Solution; Leparoux; 12-1

9 Finnegans; Wake; Lezcano; 20-1

10 Speaking of Which; Gomez; 20-1

3 Side Road; Stevens; 20-1

6 Plainview; Ortiz; 30-1

Race 11: 1½ Mi; BELMONT STAKES; Purse $1,000,000; 3 YO

5 Orb; Rosario; Will bring A game today; 3-1

9 Revolutionary; Castellano; Winning rider back aboard; 9-2

14 Golden Soul; Albarado; Moving well late in Kentucky Derby; 10-1

10 Will Take Charge; Court; Redemption time for underrated jockey?; 20-1

3 Overanalyze; Velazquez; Better than last try; 12-1

2 Freedom Child; Saez; Sharp in Peter Pan; 8-1

7 Oxbow; Stevens; Highest number for the distance; 5-1

13 Unlimited Budget; Napravnik; Sharp filly tries the boys; 8-1

8 Midnight Taboo; Gomez; Bred to run all day; 30-1

11 Vyjack; Leparoux; Threw clunker in the slop; 20-1

1 Frac Daddy; Garcia; Rider switch could help; 30-1

12 Palace Malice; Smith; Blinkers off for top barn; 15-1

4 Giant Finish; Prado; Hoping for fast track; 30-1

6 Incognito; Ortiz; Hot barn switches to top NY rider; 20-1