We are back in New York on Friday after sweeping at Belmont Park last weekend. Along with Tiz the Law getting the win in the Belmont Stakes, there were also three other winners to celebrate on Saturday. It was a big day and hopefully we can have another successful day at Belmont Park. There are two races that I’ve shortlisted to put together on a Daily Double ticket for Friday.
The Belmont Stakes may be over, but Belmont Park has more stakes racing in New York on Saturday. There are four for a total of $800,000 between the four events. Just a Game Stakes (Gr .1) for $300,000 is the main event of Saturday. That’s not the biggest race of the day, though. The Ohio Derby (Gr. 3) at Thistledown and Stephen Foster (Gr. 2) at Churchill Downs will both offer $500,000 purses.There is a small stakes race at Belmont Park for $75,000 today in the running of the Hessonite Stakes.
The biggest of all will take place on September 5 during Labor Day Weekend at Churchill Downs. If you plan on attending the Kentucky Derby, there’s some good news for you as fans will be allowed to enter the facility. That was the idea when the race was pushed back to September. With no fans, they might as well just have held the event in May. Whether things change between now and then remains to be seen, but organizers are expecting fans. Head below for our free Belmont Park Daily Double selection for June 26, 2020.
Post Time: 1:15 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 ½ Furlongs
The day will begin at Belmont Park with 6 ½ furlongs of racing on the dirt for a $40,000 purse. Star of the West and Dangerous Edge are likely to get into a competitive battle for the top prize in Race 1. Dangerous Edge draws the No. 2 post position, as he runs in search of the second win of his career on Friday. The colt was a winner two races ago at Aqueduct over Brian’s Last Song by 1 ¼ lengths. Prior to the win, Dangerous Edge finished 5th, 4th, 2nd, 4th, 10th, so it’s been one big roller coaster for him thus far in his career.
In his most recent outing on June 11, Dangerous Edge was in nice form to finish 3rd. That was for a $34,000 purse. With Star of the West involved in the event, he will likely find this to be a similar challenge on Friday. The good news for Dangerous Edge is that there are strong claims to placing in this race. For a win, I’m expecting that Dangerous Edge might need to catch a break, or depend on Star of the West failing to break well. Star of the West is going to be a major challenge for Dangerous Edge and the rest of the field in Race 1.
Star of the West has only raced in two events and should have fresh legs for Friday. After finishing 4th on July 14, 2019 at Saratoga, Star of the West went on an extended layoff and flew out of the gates in his return on June 3. I was on Star of the West in that one and he delivered with a dominant performance. Star of the West took over by a length at the ¼ pole and continued to build on the lead. He ultimately took the win over Cobble Hill by 5 ½ lengths. Expect Star of the West to have to work harder in this one to make it past Dangerous Edge, but should have enough based on his current form going into Friday.
Post Time: 1:50 p.m. EST
To conclude our Daily Double on Friday at Belmont Park, we’ll see if we can find a winner in Race 2. The race will feature 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $28,000 purse. This is an event that should once again come down to two participants. Cobble Hill and Kilmarknock are expected to be tough runners in this one. Kilmarknock gets the inside rail out of the gate, so he has that working for him for 6 furlongs.
However, Kilmarknock was a non-factor against Star of the West in his most recent outing. He finished 5th to put him one spot behind Lost in Rome and four behind Star of the West. Kilmarknock was nearly 10 lengths back of Star of the West and was never a threat to win. Expect him to have a better run today than Lost in Rome if he doesn’t get stuck in traffic, but should still find this a difficult race against Cobble Hill. Carters Got Sass might be able to run up on Kilmarknock and make things interesting as well.
Carters Got Sass finished 5th, 2nd, 3rd in the first three races of his career. He’s shown steady improvement, but came short on January 18 and February 20 at Aqueduct. The best positive for Carters Got Sass is that he will be piloted by Manny Franco. Franco is on cloud nine right now, as he has the potential to go the distance with Tiz the Law and win the Triple Crown. He’s a talented jockey that might be able to get the most out of Carters Got Sass for the win as a +400 horse on the morning-line.
Cobble Hill enters the easiest race of his career on Friday at Belmont. He dropped down in class after finishing 8th on October 23, 2019 and ran a much stronger race in his most recent trip around the track on June 3. Cobble Hill placed for the first time in his career to finish behind Star of the West by 5 ½ lengths. Since then, Cobble Hill was in good form in a recent workout on June 21 over 3 furlongs. Kilmarknock and Carters Got Sass will put up a good fight, but Cobble Hill likely takes care of them at the wire.