The Stars & Stripes Racing Festival at Belmont Park features an enticing opportunity for horseplayers with an all-graded stakes Late Pick 5 encompassing Races 6 through 10 on Saturday's 11-race card.
The sequence kicks off with the Grade 3, $250,000 Dwyer, which sees the return of graded stakes winner Code of Honor for Hall of Fame conditioner Shug McGaughey. Code of Honor is set to make his first start since placing second in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. Also entered is Zayat Stable's Majid, who is on a four-race win streak including a last-out score in the Easy Goer for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
In Race 7, the Grade 1, $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational will see Concrete Rose renew her rivalry with Grade 1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies turf winner Newspaperofrecord. Also entered is OXO Equine LLC's Cambier Parc, who makes her first start since winning the Grade 3 Wonder Again on June 6 and French-bred Olendon, for trainer Pascal Bary, who makes her North American debut after finishing second in the Group 1 Prix Saint Alary at Longchamp in May.
Race 8 is the Grade 2, $300,000 John A. Nerud for 3-year-olds, a Breeders' Cup “Win and You're In” automatic qualifier to the Breeders' Cup Sprint in November at Santa Anita. The nine-horse field features a number of notable contenders including graded stakes winners Promises Fulfilled for owner Robert J. Baron and conditioner Dale Romans and Three Diamonds Farm's Do Share for trainer Mike Maker.
The Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Derby, carded as Race 9, features a full field of 14 contenders including four runners for trainer Chad Brown led by Grade 2 American Turf winner Digital Age for Klaravich Stables, who is installed as the 9-2 morning-line favorite. Peter Brant's Demarchelier enters off a victory in the Grade 3 Pennine Ridge at Belmont on June 1. Rounding out Brown's contingent is Rockemperor, preparing to make his North American debut following a sixth-place finish in the Group 1 French Derby on June 2, and Standard Deviation, who most recently won the Tale of the Cat on June 1 at Monmouth Park.
The final leg of the sequence is the Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban as Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational winner Marconi looks to win his fourth straight race. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Marconi will have to topple multiple Grade 1-winner Catholic Boy, who is in search of his second graded stakes win this year after capturing the Grade 2 Dixie on the turf at Pimlico Race Course for trainer Jonathan Thomas.
The minimum bet for the Late Pick 5, available on track, on all ADW platforms, and at simulcast facilities across the country, is 50 cents.
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