Trainer Todd Pletcher has won the Belmont Stakes (G3) three times in his career and will be sending out a pair of dwell long shots in Saturday’s race.
Spinoff was an outsider at the Kentucky Derby (G1) and ran like you. The colt was never a threat within an 18th-place finish, beaten 18 lengths for the top spot at chances of +5200.
Intrepid Heart won his first two starts and makes his Triple Crown debut after a third-place finish in the Peter Pan (G3) on the Belmont Park main track in his final outing.
Spinoff Fits Profile of Belmont Winners
Of the duo, Spinoff fits the Pletcher profile of Belmont Stakes winners.
Tapwrit won the 2017 Belmont Stakes for Pletcher after running sixth at the Kentucky Derby where he had been defeated 10??1/4 lengths. He skipped the Preakness and returned to score the mild mad, the colt paying 12.40.
In 2012, Palace Malice was 12th at the Derby (defeated 13??1/2 lengths), skipped the Preakness and return to win the Belmont Stakes for Pletcher, returning $29.60.
His other Belmont winner was Rags to Riches, who won the Kentucky Oaks (G1) in her previous outing, bypassing the Dark Eyed Susan (G2) on Preakness Day.
Spinoff didn’t do much running in the Kentucky Derby. He came into the race off a six-week break, which is just a little too much, running a solid second in the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds in his previous start.
He has a good pedigree to handle the distance, by Hard Spun out of the multiple graded stakes winner Zaftig ($408,700), who won the 2008 Nassau County (G3) and Acorn (G1) over the primary track at Belmont Park, then ran third in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1).
His running style in his previous starts is about perfect for this particular race, he picks up Javier Castellano and is going to be a generous price. His present chances at Bovada are +1200.
Intrepid Heart most lightly hurried contender
Intrepid Heart, who is +800, has only the 3 starts under his belt and will be the most lightly raced contender in the race. The colt has a wonderful pedigree. He’s from the sire Tapit, that has accounted for three Belmont winners at the previous five decades.
His routine rider is Hall of Famer John Velazquez, who has won the Belmont Stakes twice, most recently with Union Rags in 2012.
Preakness winner Battle of Will (+225) and Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Tacitus (+200) are garnering most of the attention from the betting, meaning both of Pletcher’s runners could be worth a good look at generous odds.
Handicapper Michael Dempsey will be covering the Triple Crown for Odds Shark and his entire card reports with choices, analysis, fair odds line and wagering recommendations for major tracks are available daily at turfnsport.com.

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