Belmont Stakes handicapping beaten favorites will include Chocolate Candy, who will enter Belmont Stakes wagering as a potential sleeper and top value.
Chocolate Candy will enter Belmont Stakes handicapping action as a horse with solid credentials that could have been a Belmont Stakes wagering favorite had he faired better in the Kentucky Derby, where he was one of the favorites.
Chocolate Candy will also enter Belmont Stakes handicapping action with fresh legs as he hasn’t run since the Kentucky Derby, where he finished a disappointing 5th on May 2.
Prior to that Chocolate Candy established his Belmont Stakes handicapping credentials with a strong showing in the Santa Anita Derby where he finished second to Pioneer of the Nile.
Garrett Gomez, who rode Pioneer of the Nile to s second place finish in the Kentucky Derby will get the Belmont Stakes handicapping mount on Chocolate Candy, who is owned, interestingly enough, by the Jenny Craig Trust.
Chocolate Candy has 1 win in 4 graded races as he took the El Camino Real Derby on February 14 at Golden Gate Fields. He finished 3rd in the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on December 20.
Chocolate Candy’s last workout in preparation for Belmont Stakes handicapping was a breeze as he posted a time of 1:27:34 in seven furlongs at Belmont Park as trainer Jerry Hollendorfer got the steady workout that he was looking for.
Hollendorfer sent the colt to Belmont Park early in order for him to get acclimated and has been pleased with the workouts. Gomez has solid Belmont Stakes handicapping credentials as the jockey.
In 2009 Gomez has 460 starts with 108 wins, 81 places, and 63 shows with total earnings of a whopping $7,159,542, which ranks second in the nation. Gomez has four Breeders’ Cup wins on his Belmont Stakes handicapping resume and posted his 3,000th career win last fall. He spent most of his career in Southern California.
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