Friday, July 11, 2008

Paulie's Picks, Belmont, 7/12/08

As I mentioned in my last post, Curlin had to get a special permit in order to race in NY tomorrow because two of his part-owners are in a Kentucky pokey. I wonder if they'll be allowed to watch the race?

The 2007 Horse of the Year will be making his turf debut in the G1 Man O' War against a couple of bona fide lawn mowers: the mighty Better Talk Now, who won the 2004 Breeder's Cup Turf and still clicks on all cylinders at age 9(!), and Red Rocks, the Irish import who won the BC Turf in 2006. I'm going to throw in my lot with Curlin, but I'm definitely going to play a couple of saver bets with the other two - this race is far from a sure thing. If he wins tomorrow, Curlin's connections are planning to send him to France for the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. Apparently, the French require no special permits for horses with imprisoned owners. Vive le France!

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

1st race:
5 - Big Stick
1 - Dancing Tin Man
2 - Life of Dancer

2nd race:
7 - Law Enforcement
1 - Spanky Fischbein
8 - Call Me Larry

3rd race:
3 - Indian Hawke
1 - Mr. Madison
4 - Fearless Vision

4th race:
1 - Sixthirteen
3 - Mucho Macho
4 - Tenacious Star

5th race:
6 - All Verses
3 - Hostile Takeover
1 - High Brass

6th race:
6 - Iron Curtain
7 - Beneath the Crown
1 - Prime Obsession

7th race:
3 - Quixotic Lassie
1 - Credit at Tiffanys
9 - Ommadon's Storm

8th race:
7 - Alabama Man
1 - Baronial
2 - Storm Harbor

9th race, The Man O' War, G1
7 - Curlin
1 - Better Talk Now
6 - Red Rocks

10th race:
9 - Smart Enuf
8 - Grantor
4 - Second Mortage

Tune in tomorrow night for results.