Belmont Stakes handicapping fans recall last year when Big Brown went for the Triple Crown as the huge Belmont Stakes wagering favorite only to pull up at the stretch.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux had the Belmont Stakes handicapping mount that fateful day one year ago and returns this year for Belmont Stakes wagering action as the rider for Summer Bird. Big Brown was an insane 1/5 chalk for Belmont Stakes handicapping last year, one of the biggest favorites in the history of Triple Crown racing.
Desormeaux had the mount for a horse that was becoming as highly touted and hyped as the all time legend of Belmont Stakes handicapping, 1973 winner Secretariat. But something was wrong with Big Brown and Desormeaux had to pull the horse up with a quarter of a mile to go in the Belmont Stakes handicapping event.
To this day Desormeaux knows that he did the right thing by not pressing the issue as it was in the horse’s best interest to not make the sprint down the stretch to the finish. Desormeaux was upbeat for this year’s Belmont Stakes handicapping event and feels that Summer Bird is an energetic horse with a lot of potential.
Desormeaux has had his share of Belmont Stakes handicapping disappointments as he was beaten out by a nose in 1998 aboard Real Quiet, who lost his shot at the Triple Crown with the heartbreaking defeat.
He is zero out of six in Belmont Stakes handicapping action and feels that until he wins the Belmont Stakes his career will have a void. Desormeaux has a good connection with Summer Bird’s trainer Tim Ice, who was an assistant trainer with Desormeaux’s brother for five years.
Summer Bird has 6 starts this year with 4 wins and total earnings of $304,381. Summer Bird is much like his brother Mine That Bird in that he is a good endurance horse with the reputation for closing strong. Both were sired by 2004 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone.
Belmont Stakes action is this Saturday at Sports-Gambling.com!