BetOnline opens up a big card on Thursday with ten racecourses offering wagering. Wagering at Pimlico is available for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you are interested in betting the Preakness Stakes, you can do that. And if you don’t want to bet the Preakness Stakes, or Pimlico at all and contribute to their handle, then I understand that as well. There are people that aren’t going to want to support a company that is allowing Bob Baffert to run in the Preakness Stakes.
Not only is Medina Spirit participating, but Baffert has another potential winner in Concert Tour. Would you be surprised to learn that the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita Park, also owns Pimlico Race Course? Santa Anita is Baffert’s home track, so it’s no surprise he’s going to get a free pass from Pimlico officials.
The good news is you don’t have to support the official Pimlico pari-mutuel pool if you want to bet on the races. Offshore is a viable option. You even have shops like Bet365 that offer fixed odds. It’s going to take a while until we receive the result of a split sample. However, Baffert admitted himself that the horse was given an ointment that contains the drug in question. A second test shouldn’t turn up anything different.
The pressure is off Belmont Park at the moment, but attention will turn to Belmont for the third and final leg of the Triple Crown. If Medina Spirit wins then the controversy is going to head to Belmont Park for the Belmont Stakes. There isn’t any at Belmont today, which is our first stop on Thursday. Head below for our free Belmont Park picks for May 13, 2021.
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Our first selection at Belmont Park is a $9,500 event covering 5 furlongs on the dirt. Happy Soul and Lemieux could engage in a tight battle for the top prize in this one. Lemieux is making her debut on Thursday after being purchased for $100,000 at auction in September. She has been quick in morning workouts with times of 48.65, 47.10, and 48.79 seconds in her previous three outings.
Lemieux is expected to have a strong career, and should get off to a good start at Belmont Park. I don’t know if he’s going to pull off a win right out of the gate as a rookie, but certainly going to be close at the wire. Happy Soul should provide Lemieux with the biggest challenge. Happy Soul is a $50,000 filly that doesn’t have much experience either.
However, she is coming off her debut and has that race of experience. Happy Soul placed 2nd behind Nakatomi by 2 ¼ lengths in a $60,000 event on April 14. She was the favorite in the race, but failed to get the extra kick required. Happy Soul is coming off two impressive workouts with a time of 46.80 and 47.20 seconds at 4 furlongs. It should be a good one, with a slight edge going to Happy Soul.
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Our second selection at Belmont Park is a mile event on the dirt for a $41,000 purse. Chloe Rose and Bustin Bay should have a lot to say in this race. Chloe Rose is a one-time winner through five attempts, with a win on December 11 at Laurel Park in a $42,800 event.
Since then, Chloe Rose has gone 7th, 2nd, 2nd. She placed 2nd in back-to-back entries going into Thursday at Belmont. Chloe Rose placed 2nd behind Italian Dressing by 1 ¼ lengths in a $43,316 event, and then most recently on April 24, did the same in a $43,376 event. This looks like another situation where Chloe Rose should be close again.
Bustin Bay is 1 for 6 and going down in class after an appearance in the $200,000 New York Stallions Stakes on April 18. She had a decent run to show 3rd in a tough race. This was after Bustin Bay was a mammoth 16 length winner in a $35,000 event on March 26 at Aqueduct. Bustin Bay has been showing a lot of improvement over the last two months and is in good form right now. If she continues going well, a repeat effort of her last two races should be enough here.
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Race 5 covers 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $72,000 purse. Square Shooter and Happy Farm should land a blow for the top prize in the fifth event at Belmont. Happy Farm is 9 for 24 in his career with great consistency since spring of 2019. It has been two years and Happy Farm has finished in the top-2 in eight of his previous ten entries.
One of the races he didn’t go in the top-2 was a stakes race in his most recent outing on March 6. Happy Farm finished 5th in the $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap (Gr. 3). This was after Happy Farm won by 1 ¾ lengths in a $65,000 event on February 6. Expect a close race for Happy Farm, but he’s going to face strong resistance from Square Shooter.
Square Shooter is in consistent form as well. He has finished in the top-2 in five straight performances, and in six of his previous seven entries. Square Shooter was a winner on January 16 in a $50,000 event. That was a 2 length win to beat Clench. He’s placed 2nd in back-to-back races since then.
Square Shooter was a half length back in a $55,000 race, and 4 ¾ lengths behind in a $72,000 assignment most recently on April 22. This is a solid horse, and is going to be close, but you can get better value on a horse with graded experience from the No. 1 post position. I will give the edge to Happy Farm to get the win.