The race offers 50-20-10-5 Road to the Kentucky Derby points to the top four finishers. That 50-point bonanza to the winner means whoever crosses the wire first is virtually guaranteed a spot in the Kentucky […]
Competitive Field of Nine Set for $100,000 Allied Forces Stakes
On Sunday at Belmont Park, the featured race is the $100,000 Allied Forces Stakes. Restricted to three-year-olds, the race will be contested at six furlongs on the turf and has drawn a field of nine.
Ready for Rye tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 9-5 for trainer Tom Albertrani. A sophomore son of City Zip, the chestnut gelding has been on the board in all eight starts and is a four-time winner. A graded stakes winner on dirt, he was last seen winning the Quick Call Stakes on the turf at Saratoga as the favorite, Javier Castellano will be back in the irons and they will break from post position eight.
First Down trying to rebound off of last race
Second choice at odds of 2-1 is First Down who also comes out for Tom Albertrani. That colt is entered for the main track only. Of the contenders entered for the turf, the second choice is Cyclogenisis for trainer George Weaver. A gray son of Stormy Atlantic, he has won three of his five starts and is a multiple stakes winner. He was fourth in the Quick Call Stakes last time out and will break from post six under John Velazquez.
Saratoga Dreamer switching to the turf
Also in the field at morning line odds of 10-1 is Saratoga Dreamer for trainer Christophe Clement. A chestnut son of Elusive Quality, he has won three of his five starts and will be trying for his second black type win. Last time out, he won an optional claiming race at Saratoga against fellow New York-breds on the main track. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be aboard and they will break from post nine as he goes for his second straight win.
The field is set for the 2019 Preakness Stakes, and looking at the 13 rivals on paper is enough to make any serious handicapper's mouth water. There's simply a ton of betting value here.
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