Pebbles Stakes Closes Opening Weekend of Belmont at the Big A

Chris Adams

Sunday will wrap the final day of racing for opening weekend of Belmont at the Big A. The Pebbles Stakes will be the feature at a mile on turf.

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 1

Post: 1:00 PM ET; $95k Maiden Special Weight going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #1A OHANA HONOR (2-1) should improve off the first start and he has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #6 EXPECTED VALUE (5-2) is off the debut effort and he makes sense on speed figures. This one has to be respected going out for the combination of Brown and Prat.
  • #4 PHELPSY (8-1) makes the second start for Chad Brown. Franco gets the mount here. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #3 SKELLIG (7-2) runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.

Selections: 1A- 6 – 4 – 3

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 2

Post: 1:30 PM ET; $28k Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #5 TRUE EMPRESS (6-5) looks to be the class of the field. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #3 SHAMALAMADINGDONG (7-5) fits on numbers here. This one has to be respected going out for the combination of Clement and Davis.
  • #6 MY DELICIOUS (10-1) is a horse that has races that seem to make this one likely to outrun the odds.
  • #1 SWEETER (4-1) makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 5 – 3 – 6 – 1

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 3

Post: 2:02 PM ET; $95k Maiden Special Weight going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 8

  • #7 KINCHEN (5-2) makes a ton of sense on speed figures.
  • #8 VERONICA GREENE (2-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Brown and Ortiz.
  • #3 SAREEHA (6-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 WHISKEY LULLABY (4-1) goes out for the Camejo barn and gets Ortiz in the irons. This one looks to be the class of the field.

Selections: 7 – 8 – 3 – 1

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 4

Post: 2:33 PM ET; $37k Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #7 COLLOQUY (2-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #1 MAXIM MOMENT (3-1) has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #5 STORM SHOOTER (5-1) looks to be the class of the field. This one will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #3 FORTY COMETS (12-1) is a price horse and seems to fit well enough here. This one projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.

Selections: 7 – 1 – 5 – 3

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 5

Post: 3:03 PM ET; $95k Maiden Special Weight going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #8 PEACE CRUISER (2-1) should improve off the first start and was really solid in the first start. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #1 RANDOMIZED (5-2) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end. This one should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #2 TREASURED GEM (10-1) is a price horse and She has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #5 MO SHIRO (15-1) is an interesting horse with experience.

Selections: 8 – 1 – 2 – 5

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 6

Post: 3:35 PM ET; $72k Maiden Special Weight going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 10

  • #8 EE YAH (4-1) has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #5 FORBIDDEN SECRET (9-5) has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot. This one makes sense on speed figures.
  • #6 GOING IN STYLE (5-1) should improve off the first start and gets Prat in the saddle for this one.
  • #7 ULUMALU (10-1) comes into the race in great form.

Selections: 8 – 5 – 6 – 7

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 7

Post: 4:07 PM ET; $60k Claiming going 6 furlongs on turf; Entries: 11

  • #2 ATHWAAQ (5-2) runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here. This one goes out for the Reynolds barn and gets Ortiz in the irons.
  • #5 ITSAKEYPER (6-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #3 MUCHA MEZQUINA (5-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Salvaggio and Cancel. This one makes sense on speed figures.
  • #7 JASMINESQUE (12-1) is a price horse and has races good enough to beat this group. This one will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.

Selections: 2 – 5 – 3 – 7

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 8

Post: 4:41 PM ET; $85k Allowance going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #4 DR. BLUTE (9-5) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 DANGEROUS EDGE (6-1) seems to fit well enough here.
  • #7 GREAT WORKOUT (4-1) will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get the right setup in this race.
  • #5 WHITTINGTON PARK (5-1) He has to be respected going out for the combination of Cox and Ortiz. This one may benefit from a hot pace up front.

Selections: 4 – 1 – 7 – 5

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 9

Post: 5:13 PM ET; $150k Pebbles S. going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 13

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  • #12 GINA ROMANTICA (7-2) fits here based on speed and class. She is dangerous.
  • #5 A MO REAY (6-1) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip. This one has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #13 WONKA (8-1) projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #8 BAHAMIAN CLUB (6-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.

Selections: 12- 5 – 13- 8

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 10

Post: 5:45 PM ET; $60k Claiming going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 9

  • #4 QUIET OUT EAST (8-1) looks to be the class of the field. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #7 MONARCHS GLEN (4-1) has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #9 JACK THE CAT (5-1) makes sense on speed figures. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #5 BIG AGENDA (7-2) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end. This one has to be respected going out for the combination of Sharp and Ortiz.

Selections: 4 – 7 – 9 – 5

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Chris Adams
Chris Adams

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.