A field of seven horses are entered today in the Grade2 turf feature at Belmont and the clear favorite is 9:5 Gozzip girl. With jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard, this talented filly looks to win her second race in a row on the turf.
The only speed horse in this one-and-one-eighth mile race is Sapphire Sky. She should be able to race at the pace she wants. The issues with this David Donk trained horse is that she's never never run on the turf before and she's never gone this far. Expect her to lead the field for the first mile or so before fading.
Bluegrass Princess should be right behind Sapphire Sky for most of the race. The one negative for this filly is that she's win less in three starts on the turf but she's finished third in all of them, so she should be in the thick of things at the end of the race.
Fast Tigress is the real unknown when handicapping this race. She's been unable to beat Gozzip Girl in the last two races but in January, she easily beat her in a super 1:41 despite stumbling at the start.
She clearly has the ability to win this race based on that start but is win less in her last three races since that.
In the end, this looks like a two horse race as the finish line approaches. Gozzip Girl and Magical Affair should be neck and neck as they approach the wire. Gozzip Girl has won at nine furlongs, while Magical Affair hasn't. With that being said, I like Magical Affair to win this race.
The order of finish should be: Magical Affair, Gozzip Girl and Fast Tigress. Fast Tigress is the only horse in this field win a win at Belmont and that shouldn't be overlooked. At 6:1, she's a great value but she'll have to beat two better horses today and I'm not sure she will.