Belmont Stakes handicapping will focus closely on Mine That Bird, who has been the most impressive horse this Triple Crown season entering Belmont Stakes wagering for Saturday.
Mine That Bird enters Belmont Stakes handicapping as the 50/1 Kentucky Derby winner, which was then followed up with a close second place finish in the Preakness Stakes.
Mine That Bird established a lot of Belmont Stakes wagering credibility at the Preakness, finishing second to super filly Rachel Alexandra by half of a length and proving that his Kentucky Derby win was no accident or fluke. He now enters Belmont Stakes handicapping with respect.
Mine That Bird is considered the perfect horse for Belmont Stakes handicapping as he is a stalker that likes to hang back and wait and then come on strong down the stretch. Belmont Stakes handicapping features a marathon race of a mile and a half, which is the most grueling and demanding of all Triple Crown events.
Mine That Bird shot right up the unprotected rail in the Kentucky Derby to blow past the rest of the field down the stretch run and then in the Preakness Stakes came from far back to nearly catch Rachel Alexandra.
Had the mile and sixteenth Preakness been as long of a race as the Belmont Stakes handicapping event, its likely that Mine That Bird would have caught her. Mine That Bird may have been a 50/1 long shot at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby but he is no longer an after thought for Belmont Stakes handicapping.
Mine That Bird had solid credentials before the Triple Crown season began as he was the former top 2-year old champion in Canada and has won 5 out of 10 starts heading into Belmont Stakes handicapping this weekend.
Mine That Bird will also get his jockey from the Kentucky Derby back as Calvin Borel will take the mount after it was announced that Rachel Alexandra would skip the Belmont.
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