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Belmont Racetrack: Grade Two Woody Stephens

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Trainer Todd Pletcher watches his Preakness horse Dance City go over the track at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The 136th running of the Preakness Stakes will take place on May 21. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Joseph CiracoCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2016

A field of seven is scheduled in tomorrow's Grade Two Woody Stephens at seven furlongs.

Travelin Man, with John Velazuez is the 2:1 favorite. This Todd Pletcher trained horse is coming off a disappointing sixth place finish at Churchill Downs on April 30.

In that loss, Travelin Man pressured the leaders and faded in that eight furlong race. Cutting back and having little early speed competition will make this horse very tough to catch.

JJ's Lucky Train is 6:1 and is the unknown quantity in the race. This 3-year-old has never raced over the dirt at Belmont but is two for two at seven panels and was very game in his last race, a narrow defeat in the same race as Travelin Man. JJ's Lucky Train has shown early speed in most races, so he could contest the lead early.

Bold Warrior is a very interesting horse, currently at 8:1. Bold Warrior has only raced twice, with his last effort being superb on May 21 at Belmont. In that race, this three year seized control of the six furlong race at the top of the stretch and breezed home in 1:09.1. His previous start was a narrow defeat at seven furlongs, so the distance should be no issue.

Arch Traveler is the pick. In his last race, Arch Traveler stalked a very fast early pace and won by three lengths in 1:21.4 at Belmont. With two wins in three career starts at the distance and a superb June 2 work of 1:00.1 at Belmont, this horse is primed for another good performance.

Arch Traveler/Bold Warrior, Travelin Man/JJ's Lucky Train and Little Drama in 1:22 flat.

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