Belmont Stakes 2011: Grade 2 True North Handicap

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Belmont Stakes 2011: Grade 2 True North Handicap
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Ramon Dominguez looks to guide Rule by Night to victory

D'Funnybone tries to return to return to the winners circle at Belmont in a very interesting six-furlong sprint.

Winless in his last four starts, 2:1 morning-line favorite D'Funnybone will try to repeat his performance over the Belmont main track from June 2010, when he crushed a talented group to win the Grade Two Woody Stephens.

D'Funnybone has two wins in three career starts at Belmont but will face a lot of early challenges for the lead in this affair.

This Ones for Phil will sit off the lead of his stablemate and try to reel in the speed.  This Ones for Phil is five for six at the distance and makes his first start for Anthony Dutrow. 

Trappe Shot is 5:2 and looks to be peaking for this race.  This four-year-old colt was dazzling on May 11 when he won the Waldoboro at Belmont in 1:09.  I love the June 4 work of 59.4 for five furlongs and this horse is two-for-two at Belmont and at six furlongs.

Calibrachoa is 7:2 and should be stalking with This Ones for Phil.  In his lone start at Belmont in October, this talented horse lost by half a length in 1:08.  The only thing that appears to be a negative is that Ramon Dominguez is off the horse.

Rule by Night is 6:1 and my pick to win.  Don't be surprised if this horse is almost 10:1 at post time.  Ramon Dominguez decided to stay on this horse and he should be able to wear down the early speed and hold off the rest of the field.

Rule by Night was inactive for six months until his recent defeat on May 11 to Trappe Shot.  However, his prior races indicate a powerful horse able to dominate at six furlongs, with three wins, two seconds and a third at the distance.

Rule by Night over Trappe Shot and Calibrachoa in 1:08.4

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