A week after the Belmont Stakes, we have another big day of racing in the US. There are several stakes races running on Saturday, including four at Belmont Park. The Just a Game Stakes and New York Stakes for $250,000 apiece is the biggest of all in New York on the card. The Ohio Derby at Thistledown and Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs are the biggest stakes events of the weekend. Both races are worth $500,000 each. In total at Belmont on Saturday, there is $750,000 up for grabs between four stakes races. Those aren’t the only big races today. There is $1,098,000 available at Belmont Park today. Not a bad day at the office.
There are 11 races on the docket at Belmont Park today. We’ll take a look at three with the intention of finding some winners and making today a profitable one in New York. Two of those selections are for later in the afternoon when the stakes racing begins to heat up. We also have an earlier selection on the card. Head below for our free Belmont Park selections for June 27, 2020.
Post Time: 2:25 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
We will get started at Belmont Park with 6 furlongs of racing on the dirt for a $60,000 purse. It isn’t a stakes race, but still comes with a fairly nice payday for the fastest horse in Race 4. Bertranda and Timely Tradition are on my shortlist for this one. Bertranda is getting +400 on the morning-line from the No. 7 post position. She is 6 for 49 in her career with some consistent success recently. Bertranda has been in good form to finish in the top-3 in five straight races. That includes a win on February 22 at Aqueduct, which was two outings ago.
Bertranda won by 6 ¾ lengths over Letmetakethiscall in a textbook performance. She came close in her most recent entry on June 12 to lose by a nose against Bustin to Please. Betranda was 1st at the top of the stretch in a race that could have gone either way. Her previous two races were for purses of $46,000 and $47,000, so this is a step up in class. Based on her form in those races, she should be thereabouts at the wire, though.
Timely Tradition has a higher winning percentage than Bertranda with wins in 33% of races. She is 9 for 27 in her career, with two straight wins and a hat-trick within her sights. Timely Tradition won on March 15 over Letmetakethiscall by 3 ¼ lengths, and then 2 ¾ lengths over Lady C on May 2. Those two events were about in the same class as Bertranda was running in her previous two outings, so they’ll both be chasing a bigger purse today. If they run in the same form today, I’d give the edge to Timely Tradition by a length or so.
Race 7 – Vagrancy Handicap
Post Time: 4:32 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
The Vagrancy Handicap is the first notable race at Belmont Park on Saturday. A purse of $100,000 is on the table for Race 7 at Belmont in this one. It will consist of a seven-horse field racing 6 ½ furlongs on dirt. It’s a decent enough field with three participants to keep in mind. Come Dancing, Royal Charlotte, and Mother Mother are all ones to consider in the Vagrancy Handicap. Royal Charlotte gets the No. 1 post position out of the gate and will have the inside rail. She has won 5 of 8 races in her career, including the Prioress Stakes (Gr. 2) on August 31, 2019. That’s the biggest win of her career, followed by the Victory Ride Stakes (Gr .3) on July 5, 2019.
Royal Charlotte finished 5th in the Lexus Raven Run Stakes (Gr. 2) and 2nd in the Harmony Lodge Stakes (Black Type) in her most recent outing on June 5. On paper that doesn’t look bad to place, but more was expected from Royal Charlotte. She was the favorite in the race and came short by a length. Honey I’m Good never trailed for the wire-tow-wire victory over Royal Charlotte. Since that performance, Royal Charlotte had a 4-furlong workout with a time of 48.77 seconds on June 21.
Mother Mother is 3 for 13 in her career with two stakes wins. She won the Rags to Riches Stakes (Black Type) on October 28, 2018 and Kalookan Queen Stakes on January 12. Since that win, Mother Mother has gone 2nd in the Santa Monica Stakes (Gr. 2), 3rd in the Harmony Stormer Stakes (Gr. 3), and 4th most recently in the Harmony Lodge Stakes (Black Type) on June 5. That wasn’t an exciting run for Mother Mother, as she fell short of expectations a few weeks ago. She has been entered into more difficult races than Royal Charlotte, so she has that going for her.
Come Dancing is 8 for 15 in her career and is a winner in five stakes races. Her biggest win of all was a Grade 1 win in the Ketel One Ballerina Stakes (Gr. 1) on August 24, 2019. Other notable wins include the Ruffian Stakes (Gr. 2) and Gallant Bloom Handicap (Gr. 2), all of which were in 2019. She shot for the stars in the Apple Blossom Handicap (Gr. 1) on April 18, but came well short for a $600,000 purse. That race was out of her element, but she’s back down in class for the Vagrancy Handicap. That should help her get back to winning ways on Saturday.
Race 8 – New York Stakes
Post Time: 5:04 p.m. EST
Distance:1 ¼ Miles
The New York Stakes is one of two $250,000 races at Belmont Park on Saturday. The New York Stakes will feature 1 ¼ miles of racing on the inner turf. It promises to be an exciting race for a handsome purse. Call Me Love, Mean Mary, and Mrs. Sippy should all be threats to win the top prize in the event.
Mean Mary has enjoyed a lot of success throughout her career, with 4 wins in 6 races. She’s on a three-race winning streak, with victories in the La Prevoyante Stakes (Gr. 3) on January 25 and Orchid Stakes (Gr. 3) on March 25. After that round of success, Mean Mary is trying something more difficult on Saturday. This is the first Grade 2 event of her career, so the stakes are higher on Saturday for Mean Mary.
Mrs. Sippy entered a harder race in her most recent outing on November 2, 2019 and failed to do much. She finished 1st in the Glens Fall Stakes (Gr. 2), 2nd in the Flower Bowl Stakes (Gr. 1), and then struggled mightily in her most difficult race to date in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (Gr. 1) on November 2, 2019. She finished 9th in that race, which was easily the hardest of her career. Back down in class for Saturday, it’s hard to ignore what Mrs. Sippy brings to the event.
The British bred Call Me Love made her US debut on June 3 in the Beaugay Stakes (Gr. 3) at Belmont Park. She placed in the $100,000 event behind Rushing Fall by 2 lengths. Call Me Love was not expected to compete, as the heavily favored Rushing Fall took care of what she was expected to do.
Prior to moving to the US, Call Me Love won back-to-back races on October 12, 2019 and November 3, 2019 in Italy, which were Grade 2 and Grade 3 events. She has been working out on the inner turf and looked good, with times of 47.69 and 49.60 seconds. This race is about on the same level as the two stakes races she won in Italy. A similar effort should be sufficient in the New York Stakes. It won’t be easy, though I think Call Me Love can edge out the field for a win here.