Private clocker Gary Young likes favored Exaggerator in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, but if someone upsets the Santa Anita Derby and Preakness winner in the final leg of the Triple Crown at a mile and a half, he says it likely would be Suddenbreakingnews or Creator.
“Does Exaggerator run OK in the mud and does he get the pace scenarios, yeah. Do I think he's the best horse, yeah,” Young said. “But based on when I was timing horses for the Kentucky Derby, if you ask me for two horses to beat him, it would be Suddenbreakingnews and Creator.
“Suddenbreakingnews is built and strides like a mile and a half horse, although it's a matter of record that deep closers don't necessarily fare too well in the Belmont.
“Although there weren't that many horses with serious trouble in the Derby this year, the one that had the most was Creator. He had a ton of trouble when there was the one chain reaction between the 2 ½ and the quarter pole.
“If I had to pick the winner I'd pick Exaggerator, but from a value standpoint, Creator and Suddenbreakingnews are the other two horses I'd mention.”
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