Belmont Park Picks: Pick 6 Pool the target on Belmont Stakes Day

Big Sandy and the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes is ready for action on this Super Saturday. We have all your free selections, plus a Pick 6 ticket suggestion you will not want to miss!
Big Sandy and the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes is ready for action on this Super Saturday. We have all your free selections, plus a Pick 6 ticket suggestion you will not want to miss!

Belmont Stakes Day Picks - Saturday, June 11, 2022

  • Race 1: 6-2-7-4
  • Race 2: 3-1/1A-7-6
  • Race 3: 4-5-2-1
  • Race 4: 2-3-4-1
  • Race 5: 3-1-2-5
  • Race 6: 1-3-6-4
  • Race 7: 1-5-3-4
  • Race 8: 8-6-5-4
  • Race 9: 2-1-3-4
  • Race 10: 8-4-2-1
  • Race 11: 1-3-4-8
  • Race 12: 8-4-7-12
  • Race 13: 5-4-12-3
  • **Most Likely: We The People #1 (Race 11)**
  • **Best Value: Scuttlebuzz #8 (Race 8)**

With the Belmont Racing Festival nearing its crescendo, you will not want to skip a stanza. Turfwriter J.N. Campbell has you covered with analysis of all the Grade 1 races, including the Belmont Stakes. The week of racing continues with a strong line-up, and a massive pool on Saturday that is one of the year's best.

On the card are 9 "graded stakes," which include ... $500k Acorn S. (1 Mile, Dirt), $500k Just a Game S. (1 Mile, Turf), $400k Brooklyn S. (1 1/2 Miles, Dirt), $400k Woody Stephens S. (7F, Dirt), $500k Ogden Phipps S. (1 1/16 Miles, Dirt), $400k Jaipur S. (6F, Turf), $1 Million Metropolitan H. (1 Mile, Dirt), $750k Manhattan S. (1 1/4 Miles, Turf), and finally, $1.5 Million Belmont S. (1 1/2 Miles, Dirt). Below is an incredibly chea ... umm ... affordable Pick 6 ticket, so check it out!  

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All-STAKES PICK 6 …

LEG 1: (Race 6: Dirt, 7F, Woody Stephens S. (G1), $400k, 3)

There is nothing more gratifying than handicapping a card that is loaded … top to bottom … with Grade 1 races. This is one of the best wagering opportunities outside of the Breeders’ Cup, and it is time to reap the benefits of what heralds a massive pool. Playing the Pick 6 on Belmont Stakes Day, in others words, is a must. As we commence the ‘capping, this G1 has a small field, but it has a major player in Chad Brown’s Jack Christopher #1. The Munnings colt is a “deserving favorite” after he won impressively on the KYD148 undercard at Churchill Downs. That was significant because it was his ’22 debut … not seen since this past fall due to an injury. Missing the BC Juvenile (G1) and the entire Derby Trail was a disappointment, but he is on the rise now. I do not see anyone that can match his talent, and that includes Todd Pletcher’s Wit #3. Brown is on a hot streak right now, and when that happens, he can be very difficult to beat. Jose Ortiz was aboard last year, piloted “Jack” in the Pat Day, and will handle the duties in the “Woody.” I think this is a “Single” without question.

Selections: 1 (Single)

 

LEG 2: (Race 7: Dirt, 1 1/16th, Ogden Phipps S. (G1), $500k, F&M 4+)

Debaters, pundits, and the lot could make a strong case for the “Phipps” being the toughest race to handicap on the entire Belmont card. You literally could make a strong case for any of these runners. Of course, when it comes to a top selection, I am partial to Fausto Gutierrez’s Super Saver mare, Letruska #1. The “Queen of the Track,” just continues her march towards what amounts to a HOF career. She came back after an Eclipse Award-winning year in ’21, and has already won a pair of races … namely the Apple Blossom (G1) @OP. Jose Ortiz is riding well, and he understands the assignment here: make the lead and control the pace. I think if this 6-yr-old can keep rivals like Todd Pletcher’s Malathaat #3 and Chad Brown’s Search Results #5 at bay, then she has a chance to outlast them all. Gutierrez has managed his top runner’s work tab well, and that is why I think she is a “Single.” This is her race …

Selections: 1 (Single)

 

LEG 3: (Race 8: Turf, 6F, Jaipur S. (G1), $400k, 3+)

Here is another mountain to climb, but not in the same way as the previous race. Picking a turf sprint winner is like trying to find a microscopic needle in a haystack the size of Everest. But … we will try … This year’s Jaipur S. has a myriad of storylines. Bill Mott’s Casa Creed #4, the defending champ, returns to the U.S. after doing some classy running in Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Regular rider Luis Saez gets the call once again, and this son of Jimmy Creed is going to be slammed at the windows. I doubt that he will be 9/2 when this one goes off. Using him is a must though … he can win. When it comes to my top selection, I am pretty interested in a pair of longer-priced entries. It doesn’t seem like Paulo Lobo’s Greyes Creek #6 is in very good form, but I like his potential odds (which could be as high as 30/1). Ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, who comes to ride from Churchill, the former Chad Brown barnmember could be heard from late in the game. Count on double-digit odds for sure … The other horse that is a rising star is Rudy Rodriguez's Scuttlebuzz #8. Javier Castellano is riding on the grass in sprints particularly well right now. This son of The Factor won the Elusive Quality S. $100k last out, and he clearly likes this turf course. If I could get 6/1, then that constitutes a square price in my book. Others that I want to include on this ticket include, Wesley Ward’s Arrest Me Red #5, Mark Casse’s Filo Di Arianna #9, and Phil D’Amato’s Gregorian Chant #13. What a race this one is going to be … hoping for a juicy boxcar price that will elicit the famous phrase … Bombs away!

Selections: 4/5/6/8/9/13 (6-Deep)

 

LEG 4: (Race 9: Dirt, Mile, Metropolitan H. (G1), $1 million, 3+)

The titan match-up of the entire weekend is not in the Phipps or even the Belmont Stakes. This year’s Met Mile (G1) is like an Ali-Frazier … McEnroe-Borg … Bird-Magic … moment! We have Bill Mott’s steady-Eddie, Speaker’s Corner #2 going up against the young, inexperienced speed demon trained by John Sadler named Flightline #1. Certainly, the presence of BC Sprint Champion Aloha West #3 should be duly noted, but it is Mott v. Sadler that is going to move the turnstiles, and raise the binoculars. It makes sense to include both of these players, since either has the ability to win this $1M contest. My head bob though goes to Mott’s son of Street Sense. He is a much more seasoned professional than his rival, and Junior Alvarado knows how to manage his speed. Not only can he match wits with Sadler’s ace, but I like very much how he can sustain his speed. Maintaining an energy, marshalling even more when it counts … that is the mark of a versatile runner. The odds will be particularly interesting to watch … my guess is that Flightline, a well-bred son of Tapit, will be the race time favorite, hovering around 4/5. What a match race, with no disrespect meant for the other competitors.

Selections: 1/2 (2-Deep)

 

LEG 5: (Race 10: Turf, 1¼, Manhattan S. (G1), $750k, 4+)

This year’s Manhattan S., aka The Chad Brown Turf Derby, came up a bit light when it comes to that man’s best stock. There is no Domestic Spending drawn-in this year, and that means that we could argue … this is anyone’s game. In customary fashion, Brown does have a number of entries … L’Imperator #1, Adhamo #4, Rockemperor #6, and Tribhuvan #7 are all accomplished. But they each have weaknesses, and might be susceptible to “turf troubles” that have plagued them in the past. I am “for” Adhamo #4 because the son of Intello (GER) can handle this distance, gets Flavien Prat, and was not terrible last out at Churchill in the Turf Classic (G1). He doesn’t strike me as one to fear, though … I will be using him, but he is not my tip top selection. That nod goes to Graham Motion’s Highland Chief #8. Well-bred by Gleneagles (IRE) this homebred exudes “turf” in his bloodline, and he had a signature score in the Grade 1 Man ‘O War S. at Belmont in mid-May. Some will say that Trevor McCarthy got a dream trip against rival Gufo #2 and Euro superstar Yibir (GB) that day. That is not incorrect, but I find that perspective rather disparaging. This budding U.S. star, who ran nicely against tough competition in England and in France 2 years ago, can take a step forward against a group like this one. He has faced Mogul and Pyledriver before, and those are some marquee names on that side of the pond. Motion is strong when it comes to turf routers, and his preparation can easily rival Brown’s. One other entrant that deserves a good look is Christophe Clement’s Gufo #2. The son of Declaration of War was 2nd to Motion’s in the “Man ‘O,” and there is little question as to whether he is fit to win here at Belmont. He never misses the board in Elmont, and I would not expect that to be any different in this race. Joel Rosario has ridden him many times, and his expert ability on the lawn can be utterly brilliant. Using him, plus the aforementioned Brown ace, along with Motion’s entry, should cover us. It is on to the big one …

Selections: 2/4/8 (3-Deep)

 

LEG 6: (Race 11: Dirt, 1½, The Belmont Stakes (G1), $1.5 million, 3)

There is little doubt in my mind on this Saturday that Rudy Brisset, and his excellent colt by Constitution will be in the winner’s circle at Belmont celebrating this victory. With the news that WinStar sold a share of their runner to celebrity chef Bobby Flay … that has to mean something, right? Well, instead of just looking to the gossip pages, I have crunched the numbers and looked at all the historical angles … David Aragona has made the M/L appropriate once again … We the People #1 at 2/1 … will win. I am sure this 3-yr-old is going to take money and that will impact his price. However, his frontend speed, which only he possesses, looks formidable. Big Sandy supports those that can make the lead, and coming from behind, especially when the times are slow. What we know about Flavien Prat is that he is a jockey that understands aggressive behavior can be a key early-on in a dirt race. Clearly, Brisset’s early-goer likes the sand-based surface, after a major score in the Grade 3 Peter Pan S. last month (the last horse to score the Pan-Belmont Double was Tonalist for Christophe Clement). Breaking from the inside rail position (if he does cleanly), only strengthens the claim that he can win. All this is a recipe for a Belmont Stakes victory. With Kentucky Derby-winning Rich Strike #4 for Eric Reed in the race, and Todd Pletcher’s filly Nest #3 heading to the post, we need to remember that both of these entries need something hot to run into. If they do not get it, it makes it doubly hard to make up ground on a fresh horse, that has gas left in the tank. That is why We the People #1 is not only my top choice … but also … my only one. We end this ticket with a “Single.” Now, let’s get to the window before the 1st leg of the Pick 6 … happy Belmont Day everyone!

Selections: 1 (Single)

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Ticket: 1 / 1 / 4-5-6-8-9-13 / 1-2 / 2-4-8 / 1

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Belmont Stakes 2022 Post Positions & Morning Line Odds
  • Post Position
  • Horse
  • Morning Line Odds

Post Position

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
  • #4
  • #5
  • #6
  • #7
  • #8

Horse

  • We the People
  • Skippylongstocking
  • Nest
  • Rich Strike
  • Creative Minister
  • Mo Donegal
  • Golden Glider
  • Barber Road

Morning Line Odds

  • 2/1
  • 20/1
  • 8/1
  • 7/2
  • 6/1
  • 5/2
  • 20/1
  • 10/1

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