All but winner Oxbow ran disappointing races at Pimlico.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness were anything but predictable, and the trend will continue at the Belmont. Here is how we see three of the pretenders from the Preakness fairing at the Belmont.
Mylute and Rosie Napravnik Will Have Their Moment
After being denied a history-making run at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Napravnik and Mylute are my pick to win the Belmont Stakes.
This horse-and-jockey team is ready to peak. Napravnik was confident but a bit premature when she talked about Mylute's development before the Preakness. She told Colleen Thomas of the Baltimore Sun, “Mylute, he’s definitely coming along. He’s a little bit of a slow learner, but I think he’s really waking up and improving as a race horse, really getting that competitive drive."
The colt has been improving with every Triple Crown race.
After finishing fifth at the Derby and then third at the Preakness, he and Napravnik are ready to win.
Orb Will Round out a Solid Triple Crown Stretch
Shug McGaughey's colt doesn't have a shot at the Triple Crown, but Orb will still be a factor in Elmont, New York.
Jockey Joel Rosario and Orb probably won't get saddled with another rail position.
Even though his attempt to make a move during the Preakness was subdued by the pressure from his right side, the colt still managed a fourth-place finish.
With more room to run and a longer track, Orb will push Mylute and finish second in the Belmont.
Will Take Charge Will Finally Finish in the Money
This D.Wayne Lukas-trained horse was just seventh at the Preakness, but the horse has potential.
Coming into the race, owner Willis Horton was very optimistic about his horse's chances to shine at Pimlico. It obviously didn't happen. Just as Napravnik jumped the gun in expecting a great run from Mylute, Horton was similarly hasty with WTC.
I don't expect the horse to seriously challenge Orb or Mylute, but a distant third is still finishing in the money.
Without the pressure and expectations from owner, trainer and jockey, WTC will run his best race.
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