A lot of high stakes racing across the country today, with several stakes races on the menu. The biggest action can be found in Santa Anita with the running of the Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park. We will get over to Santa Anita Park for a Pick 5 and Rainbow Pick 6 ticket, which covers several of the stakes races, including the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday. The cumulative purse from all of the graded events today is the biggest in quite a while. All of this action is the prelude to the Belmont Stakes in two weeks at Belmont Park. Belmont Park has 11 races on offer Saturday. Head below for our free Belmont Park Pick 3 selections for June 6, 2020.
Post Time: 1:15 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
A mile race for a $34,000 purse will get the day started at Belmont Park on Saturday. Nine horses are expected to participate in the event. Gettoffmyback, Fox Red, and O Shea Can U See are on my shortlist in this one. O Shea Can U See will run out of the No. 6 post position and likely isn’t getting enough respect on the morning-line. He is coming off some solid races and is in good form going into today.
O Shea Can U See has finished 1st, 1st, 2nd in his previous three outings at Aqueduct. He won by 3 ¼ lengths over Toohottoevenspeak on January 4, and then responded with another brilliant bid to win by 2 lengths over Nuclear Code on February 8. Overall, O Shea Can U See Me has won 5 of 29 races in his career.
Fox Red has been consistently good with finishes in the top-3 in 10 of his previous 11 races. He has a win in 3 of 16 races in his career. Fox Red was in the top-2 in five straight races before finishing 10th on December 23, 2019. However, Fox Red was able to respond for a much better effort on February 3 to show. Likely going to be a contender in Race 1 at Belmont Park.
Getoffmyback brings serious strength to this race and might be the most dangerous in the field. He’s coming off a win in a similar race on February 8 by 5 ½ lengths over O Shea Can U See Me. He was in excellent form to notch 3 wins in his previous 5 outings. Overall, Getoffmyback has 12 wins in 42 events. This has been the best form we’ve seen Getoffmyback in his career, and this is another winnable outing for him on Saturday.
Post Time: 1:50 p.m. EST
Race 2 has a big field of 15 horses vying for a $40,000 purse. Note that this will be 6 furlongs on the inner turf at Belmont Park. Standup, Just for One Day, and Passcode are on my shortlist. Just for One Day has raced in just three races and has already tasted what it’s like to run hot and extremely cold. As a first-time starter, Just for One Day finished 5th on June 7, 2019 at Belmont Park.
He responded thereafter to win on March 22 by a neck as a heavy underdog in an easier assignment. One strong race was enough to apparently prompt trainer Christophe Clement to enter him into a much harder race. That was not the wisest decision, as a race was wasted on May 2 at Gulfstream Park. Just for One Day finished 9th and was never a factor. Just for One Day is back down at a more comfortable class, but it’s still a taller ask than the March 22 event.
Passcode is the betting favorite on the morning-line in Race 2. He’s been inconsistent and is always a dangerous threat, though. Passcode has finished 5th, 7th, 2nd, 4th in his previous four outings. This race is more to his liking and he should run well against this competition. He’s looking for the second win in his career, with his first on October 11, 2018 at Laurel Park. In six races since, Passcode has placed just once in his career. In his biggest race, the James F. Lewis III Stakes, Passcode sputtered for 6th on November 10, 2018, a month after his first win.
Standup is racing in the sixth race of his career. He has a win on September 8, 2019 and is back racing at a similar class. Following that race, Standup finished 4th in November and has been on a layoff ever since. Recent workouts have been solid and figures to run a strong race up front.
Post Time: 2:23 p.m. EST
We need one more race to conclude our Pick 3 at Belmont Park for Saturday. Hopefully this is the clincher of a winning ticket. We’re back on the dirt for Race 3 at Belmont. Seven horses are scheduled to race for a sizable purse of $64,000. There are some decent horses in this race, with Pardsy and Dreams of Tomorrow belonging on my shortlist. Pardsy makes his debut this afternoon along with four other horses participating. He should be in the best form out of the rookies in the event.
Pardsy was purchased for $375,000 last April and is expected to win races. He has seemed to be in good shape according to recent workouts, completing 4 furlongs at 49.60, 49, and 49.55 seconds most recently on May 31. He ran for a time of 1:00.04 and 1:00.00 at 5 furlongs. As a first-time starter on Saturday, Pardsy could be a dangerous horse here. If Pardy doesn’t win this event, it’s okay because I’d keep an eye on him in future races.
Dreams of Tomorrow was a first time starter before entering this race. He finished 3rd on April 25 at Gulfstream Park. Dreams of Tomorrow was not expected to get 3rd against that quality field. He was a sizable underdog, but stood up and beat seven other ponies, and was just about 2 lengths away from winning that right race. Morning workouts have been sharp for Dreams of Tomorrow, with times of 48.80 seconds on May 17 and 48.77 seconds on June 1. If he runs like he did as a rookie in April, the winner’s circle should expect to see Dreams of Tomorrow on Saturday.