An Insider's Look, Articles, Belmont Stakes Comments Off on $250,000 THE TRUE NORTH

TVG Expert: Britney Eurton

Friday, June 7 – Race 8, Belmont Park





The True North marks the much anticipated comeback of the talented Sadler runner, Catalina Cruiser. However, this field has much more depth to it than just that runner. A field of ten is set to go postward for the 6 1/2 furlong event with a nice $250,000 check on the line. As much as I respect Catalina Cruiser and the year the Sadler barn is having, there are a lot of question marks for me, so I’m going to try and beat him.

There’s no shortage of speed in this sprint race which is how I landed on Do Share. He’s coming off a 4th place finish behind the highly touted Mitole (who we’ll see in the fantastic Met Mile), but prior to that, the Tom Fool Handicap was spectacular. He got a pace set up that day that aided his closing kick, much like what I anticipate he’ll get on Friday. His thorograph numbers are some of the best in the field and the price should be right.

At six years old, the classy gelding Whitmore, still has it. He was beat by the top selection last time out, but perhaps had a few excuses. He was tough to load that day, found himself well off the pace early on, and just flattened out late. A few things I like: Ricardo Santana back in the irons, he has the versatility to sit whatever trip suits him, and he shows up EVERY time. He’s already proven this year that he’s still in top form so he’s an easy horse to back, albeit, at a shorter price than the top selection.

Lastly, you can’t deny the innate talent that is Catalina Cruiser. He’ll likely go off favored based off his first four starts of his career. The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile was a bit of a head-scratcher, but Sadler has taken his time getting him back to the races and didn’t ship him cross country for nothing. His workouts have been stellar (per usual for this son of Union Rags) and the turn back in distance should benefit him off the bench. To top it all off, Rosario and Sadler have had quite the love affair the past year winning at a 43% clip together. His main man jumps aboard Catalina Cruiser for the first time and likely will look to sit just off the early speed (if he’s learned to relax) and get the first jump on the closers. There’s a lot to like, but between the layoff and the travel, I’ll go against him at a short price.

A great rendition of the G2 True North… best of luck with your wagers!


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