Friday, June 6, 2008

Paulie's Picks, Belmont, 6/7/08

It's only fitting that on the eve of Big Brown's Big Day, we look back on the the most memorable running of the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat's 1973 tour de force in which he won by 31 lengths and set a record that stands to this day: 2:24 for 1 1/2 miles on dirt. Gee whiz!

Edgar Prado and Casino Drive are the only credible candidates to spoil Big Brown's party, but a bruised hind hoof might keep the Peter Pan Stakes winner off the track; and even if he goes, it's hard to say how the hoof could effect his performance, particularly in a protracted stretch run.

So there's no real reason to believe Big Brown won't gallop off into the history books tomorrow. I saw an interesting blog item about BB this week, addressing the growing number of voices who are saying that while his races are visually impressive, the numbers are somewhat pedestrian, and he's just beating up on a weak crop of three-year-olds. Apparently, the same thing could be said about the 1977 Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew. So there.

I just wish that he wasn't named after a corporate shipping entity (or a corporate anything, for that matter).

Here are Professor Paulie's Picks for tomorrow's Belmont card:

1st race:
1 - Desert Key
11 - Accredit
7 - Commandeered

2nd race:
10 - Golden Weekend
7 - Sixthirteen
6 - Tiz It

3rd race:
4 - Piazza Di Spagna
8 - Smart Enuf
5 - Seeking No More

4th race:
4 - Forefathers
8 - Firejack
11 - Teide

5th race:
2 - Hawkwood
4 - Wonforthegoodguys
12 - Benny the Waiter

6th race, The True North Handicap, G2:
8 - Man of Danger
7 - Benny the Bull
5 - Suave Jazz

7th race, The Just a Game, G1:
1 - Lady of Venice
10 - Vacare
5 - Criminologist

8th race, The Acorn, G1:
5 - Golden Doc A
3 - Game Face
1 - Zaftig

9th race, The Woody Stephens, G2:
9 - Majestic Warrior
2 - Ready's Image
5 - J Be K

10th race, The Manhattan Handicap, G1:
5 - Out of Control
10 - Dancing Forever
9 - Proudinsky

11th race, The Belmont Stakes, G1:
1 - Big Brown
5 - Casino Drive
4 - Dennis of Cork

12th race:
3 - Bella Attrice
2 - Cordilleran Ice
5 - Dr. Jess Jr

13th race:
1 - Indian Hawke
13 - Law Enforcement
6 - Stonewood

Tune in tomorrow night for results.