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Betting the Belmont Sprint Championship with TwinSpires

Courtesy of James Scully of TwinSpires.com

Horseplayers are excited and Breeders’ Cup implications surround Saturday’s blockbuster Stars and Stripes Day at Belmont Park. Five graded stakes will be offered including the $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G2), a “Win & You’re In” for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup TwinSpires Sprint (G1).

Limousine Liberal will take some beating following a commendable third to Bee Jersey and Mind Your Biscuits in the Met Mile (G1). Twice Grade 1-placed in the Empire State, the 6-year-old gelding cuts back to his preferred 7-furlong distance and will be reunited with Javier Castellano, who was up for a game win in the Churchill Downs (G2) two back. He enters in top form for Ben Colebrook and the early/pressing type appears likely to receive a favorable set-up, with a pair of confirmed front-runners guaranteeing a contested pace.

Whitmore will be running late. A six-time stakes victor, the 5-year-old gelding exits a fine showing over the track in the June 8 True North (G2), recording a neck second to Imperial Hint. His last effort came at 6 ½-furlongs and Whitmore could prove tough to deny if a pace battle ensues, but the Ron Moquett-trainee has never won past 6-furlongs.

Favorable Outcome may appreciate how the race unfolds from his outside post. A Grade 2 winner at 7-furlongs last year, the Chad Brown-trained colt returned this season with a pair of disappointing efforts but may be turning things around following rallying second versus allowance foes last time.

Shaft of Light exits an encouraging second in the Salvator Mile (G3) at Monmouth Park and the 7-year-old gelding brings speed to the festivities, recording back-to-back wins on the front end prior to the last. Jose Ferrer rides the early runner for Jorge Navarro. Eye Luv Lulu will be forward and has been freshened off a nice win for Jason Servis, who is 14-for-30 during the current meet. Irad Ortiz Jr. guides the speedy 7-year-old gelding. Lewisfield stretches back out after a couple of decent efforts at 6-furlongs.

Analysis

#1 Limousine Liberal can parlay stalk-and-pounce tactics into his first graded stakes tally in New York. Listed as the 9-5 morning line favorite, he won’t offer much value for straight wagers but Limousine Liberal has appeal as a single for contentious multi-race wagering sequences. We’ll also play straight exactas over #3 Eye Luv Lulu, who is a candidate to last a long way on the front end for a white-hot barn; and #6 Favorable Outcome, who promises to pack a late punch at a proven distance.

Good luck playing the Belmont Sprint Championship!

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