Firenze Fire wins the Champagne Stakes in October 2017.
Firenze Fire wins the Champagne Stakes in October 2017.|NYRA / Annette Jasko

Thoroughbreds Saturday: RT picks two Belmont stakes races and three from his home track, Canterbury

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RT’s Saturday
Two Belmont stakes picks and three from my home track…

Canterbury Park – Cloudy and Showers 64̊

$29.3K Maiden Special Weight 3yo+ 1 Mile
5 – Trevor’s Call (3/1) taking a lightly raced six-year-old carrying only plus three pounds disparity in weight differential than the favored three-year olds. Bill Mott trained gelding was nosed at the wire last out in a similar class race. This front runner will be hard to catch today.
2 – What A Show Off (5/2) Keeneland shipper chased the leader in last $79K MSW race and gets class relief today. If raining, Canterbury plays to the speed horses and this $160K yearling may pull away at the stretch.
Canterbury Race 1 Bets
5 - $25/w $50p
$5 Double 5-2/4

$29.5K Maiden Special Weight F&M 3yo+ 6 Furlongs
6 Vicacitas (2/1) shipped in from Oaklawn, this filly out of Bernadini was last seen in a $90K MSW race in mid-April and today drops to this level. Trainer Don Schnell and jockey Dean Butler owning Canterbury of late fetching 43% winners.
2 – Novo Azul (5/2) trainer McLean Robertson winning with first timers at 25% and her sire, Artie Shiller won his first race in 1:10.2. Given her advancing workouts and first time Lasix, this lady is worth watching the tote board over.
Canterbury Race 2 Bets
6 - $25/w $50/p

$40K Maiden Claiming for, as my friend Robin Saratoga says, ‘Min-Ew-Soda” Breds 3yo+ 6 Furlongs
4 – Hold The Spice (3/1) Bernell Rhone trained gelding getting second time Lasix today. Drops in for a tag after being on the bench. Steady diet of workouts should’ve shaken off the cobwebs.
Canterbury Race 5 Bets
4 - $25/win $50/p

Partly Sunny - High of 66̊
$200K G3 Vagrancy Handicap
Fillies and Mares 4yo+ 6.5 Furlongs
2 – Heavenhasmynikki (8/1) they’re going to have to catch her and it won’t be today. If this filly can click off six furlongs in 1:10 at the sloppy Mahoning Valley quicksand, she’ll be hard to catch this afternoon. Nikki is in peak shape clocking a bullet work on May 4th going 3f in :35.4. Get Kendall Carmouche in the irons and he’s been on fire of late nailing 20% winners the past ten days.
Belmont Race 1 Bets
2 - $50/w $100/p

Belmont Race 9
$150K Runhappy Stakes, 4yo+ 6 Furlongs
3 – Firenze Fire (7/2) unbeaten colt at Belmont going 2-2 and banking $465K. Until someone beats him, I’ll stick with it.
Belmont Race 9 Bets
3 - $25/w $50/p

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