Belmont Racetrack: Grade 1 Ogden Phipps

Joseph CiracoCorrespondent IJune 18, 2011

Todd Pletcher sends out heavy favorite Awesome Maria
Todd Pletcher sends out heavy favorite Awesome MariaRob Carr/Getty Images

Todd Pletcher is sending out three horses for today's 1 1/16 feature at Belmont.

Super Espresso is the deep closer and has run well over the Belmont main track.  Life At Ten hasn't been the same horse since the disastrous warm-up and result in the Breeder's Cup Ladies Classic last November.  Awesome Maria has been absolutely dominant in her last three.

The race breaks down quite easily.  Absinthe Minded will push the 7:5 morning line favorite Awesome Maria early.  Payton d'Oro will stalk the pace with Life At Ten and Unrivaled Belle.  Super Espresso will be last early and coming late.

Unrivaled Belle, the five-year-old mare is a very good horse and will be a nice value at 2:1.  She's won two and finished second twice at Belmont and has three wins at the distance.  In her last race, she broke a tad slow and just missed in the Grade Two LaTroien at Churchill Downs.

Life At Ten appears to be a shell of her former self.  Since her easy win in this race last year and a solid summer, Life At Ten is winless in her last three.  John Velazquez switches off in favor of Awesome Maria.

Pick: Awesome Maria will be pushed hard from the start and I'm not a huge fan of this distance for her but she appears the horse to beat.  I think Super Espresso will be flying  at the end but this is a huge step up in class for her.  Unrivaled Belle will finish out the triple in 1:41:4.