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Just looking over my old Belmont Stakes day images instead of doing homework. Makes me all kinds of miffed that I didn’t have a faster and longer lens that day, which kept being cloudy and sunny on and off which fuzzed up just about all of my pictures. THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT NOW THAT I HAVE LIKE 4 DIFFERENT LENSES! Al Khali and Mike Smith before the Manhattan Handicap (I).

Just looking over my old Belmont Stakes day images instead of doing homework. Makes me all kinds of miffed that I didn’t have a faster and longer lens that day, which kept being cloudy and sunny on and off which fuzzed up just about all of my pictures. THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT NOW THAT I HAVE LIKE 4 DIFFERENT LENSES! Al Khali and Mike Smith before the Manhattan Handicap (I).

Quick Saturday Picks

BECAUSE I HAVE NO TIME BUT WANT TO LOOK AT ALL THE RACES GOING ON TODAY!

Alabama Stakes

I just did a quick looksy for the sake of the Fantasy Handicapping Contest. A lot of things could happen here as all fillies (but one I believe) stretch out to 10 furlongs for the first time. I love Grace Hall who is tops here, but did not like how she fared with the Kentucky Oaks so I’m looking at fillies who can keep doing well a little further. Ultimately, I went with the $10 exacta box on Sea Island and Questing [GB], but Zo Impressive could also be up there too. #indecisiveness

1) Questing [GB] 2) Sea Island 3) Zo Impressive

Sword Dancer Invitational

Pace could make this one very tricky, and some very good horses fill out the field for this 1 1/2 mile chomper. I’ve liked Turbo Compressor a while on the turf, but he just had too easy a race setting the pace in the Colonial Turf Cup, which I doubt he’ll be allowed again. Horses like Newsdad need time to improve, and others like Al Khali and Brilliant Speed aren’t at their best form. I picked Tahoe Lake [BRZ] as the value pick back in the Man o’ War (he finished third), so I’ll put him up here again with Point of Entry, who has been simply too good to doubt.

1) Point of Entry 2) Tahoe Lake [BRZ] 3) Turbo Compressor

Secretariat Stakes

My heart screams for a Cozzetti win, but alas, Silver Max will be hard to best. However, he comes into some really good horses here including Summer Front and will be breaking from the far outside post to try to jet to the lead all alone again. Shipper Bayrir [FR] also looks tough hot off a Group 2 win… but there can only be one in this tough field…

1) Silver Max 2) Summer Front 3) Bayrir [FR]

Al Khali was the lone horse to not need a lead pony to the post of the Manhattan Handicap (I), Mike Smith up. (Photo by Dawna Wood/GallopingHatRack.com)

Al Khali was the lone horse to not need a lead pony to the post of the Manhattan Handicap (I), Mike Smith up. (Photo by Dawna Wood/GallopingHatRack.com)

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