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Lo Duca: My Card For Belmont Gold Cup Day

Saturday is the big day, but there’s some awesome action to be had at Belmont on Friday. Let’s get ourselves warmed up so we’re in good shape to crush the 150th Belmont Stakes tomorrow.

All odds courtesy of Equibase.


Race 3: Grade III Bed o’ Roses

1:52 p.m. ET

The No. 6 Lewis Bay (4-1) seems like she is better on a fast or dry track than a wet track like she caught last time out when she finished third behind American Gal and Ivy Bell. Rain seems unlikely for Friday, so I’m expecting a fast track and a big effort from Lewis Bay in her third start off the layoff. No. 1 Ivy Bell (7-2) has shown improvement since joining Todd Pletcher’s barns, and she doesn’t need to improve much more to win this race. However, she may be pushed to Saturday to run for more money. Stay tuned there. No. 2 American Gal (9-5) turned in the best effort of her career last time out in the slop at Churchill. She can win on the lead or from just off the pace, but the post position likely forces her to show early speed, and she could get pressured by No. 3 Chalon (8-1). She could just be best, but won’t offer much of a price. No. 8 Highway Star (8-1) is cross-entered in the Ogden Phipps on Saturday, so keep an eye on her status, but she has hit the trifecta in 16 of 18 starts and could be a good price.

Bet: No. 6 Lewis Bay to Win

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