Lo Duca: My Betting Card for 2019 Belmont Stakes Day


Catalina Fragoso, USA Today Sports.

Jun 08, 2019, 05:55 PM EDT
  • The 2019 Belmont Stakes takes place on Saturday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • Paul Lo Duca previews the entire day of races at Belmont Park.

The 2019 Triple Crown concludes Saturday evening with the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes.

But before we get to the headliner at Big Sandy, there’s a great day of racing on Saturday at Belmont Park.

We learned a lot from Friday’s races, where speed along the rail seemed to rule the day.

Race 1
11:35 a.m. ET

I love the No. 1 Mo Gotcha (5-1) in the opener. He’s been training like a beast and this is a great value to start the day.

Pick: 1 over 2,5,6

Race 2
12:11 p.m. ET

No. 4 No Mans Land (2-1) lays over this group but his trainer Richard Valentine is 1-24 on the year. He is the horse to beat in this field, but not the horse to trust. The No. 9 Uncle Artie (9-2) could be a tough out and will be on my card.

Pick: 4,9 over 1,2

Race 3
12:47 p.m. ET

The Easy Goer Stakes features a field of only six horses but three of them are very fast. No. 6 Alwaysmining (6-5) found out War of Will was too much for him in the Preakness and the cut back in competition can help.

The No. 4 Outshine (9-5) had a bad break last time, but should factor in this one.

Pick: 4 over 5,6

Race 4
1:22 p.m. ET

The first of the Grade I stakes is headlined by No. 4 Rushing Fall. She’s a superstar but is she beatable? I don’t think so. She’s fast early and there’s no pace in this one, so jockey Javier Castellano can dictate where to put her from the start and the mile distance is her best! Don’t overthink it, single the 4.

Pick: 4

Race 5
2:01 p.m. ET

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