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Charlie Cooper’s picks for Belmont Stakes

Here are handicapper Charlie Cooper’s picks for the 146th Belmont Stakes Day on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Best Bet: Race 4 Ben’s Cat Best Longshot: Race 10 Rookie Sensation

No. Horse Jockey Comments Odds

Race 1: 1 1/16 Miles; Allowance; Purse $96,000; 3 YO and Up

4 Lieutenant Seany O Velasquez Missed a check once 6-1

9 Jimmy Connors Espinoza Triple Crown nominee adds blinkers 4-1

7 Forever Thing Velazquez Runs well fresh, Game in stakes 7-2

8 Wabbajack Maragh Stalker broke maiden at Belmont 8-1

1 Away Game Luzzi Back on dirt 12-1

2 Bernardo Ortiz 2 of 3 career wins at Belmont 3-1

6 Catholic Cowboy Ortiz Good stalk and go move 6-1

3 Spartiatis Stevens Should show more speed today 10-1

5 Cap the Moment Montanez Leading money winner of field 30-1

Race 2: 1 1/16 Miles; EASY GOER STAKES; Purse $150,000; 3 YO

7 Legend Saez Impressive over course 3-1

5 Misconnect Castellano Also undefeated at track 4-1

6 No Surrender Vravo Undefeated on dirt 8-1

4 Kid Cruz Ortiz Wins at 50% clip 5-2

8 Pass the Coffee Velasquez Never off the board 12-1

3 Effinex Montanez State bred adds Lasix 20-1

1 Life in Shambles Rosario Has improved each start 4-1

2 Souper Lucky Ortiz Competitive all but one start 15-1

9 Howl Alvarado Must duplicate last race for chance 30-1

Race 3: 1½ Miles; BROOKLYN INVITATIONAL STAKES; Purse $500,000; 4 YO and Up

3 Micromanage Castellano Will love extra ground 7-2

1 Eriugena Smith Undefeated since switching to dirt 10-1

4 Cat Burglar Napravnik Off the board once 5-2

5 Ever Rider Espinoza Stakes winner loves distance 5-1

2 Ground Transport Velazquez Goes for third win in a row 3-1

8 Norumbega Rosario Has defeated top choice 6-1

6 Golden Soul Bridgmohan Shows dull form 15-1

7 Bigger is Bettor Arroyo Won open company stakes last out 30-1

Race 4: 6 Furlongs Turf; JAIPUR INVITATIONAL STAKES; Purse $300,000; 4 YO and Up

8 Ben’s Cat Pimental Definitely the one to beat 5-2

6 Undrafted Velazquez Could win with clean trip 5-1

11 Salto Ortiz May love the cutback 5-1

1 Spring to the Sky Maragh Ran career best on Belmont turf 15-1

9 Positive Side Nakatani Will be flying late 8-1

10 Marchman Albarado May try to wire them 3-1

5 Anyriderill Do Napravnik Closed well when back sprinting 20-1

4 Upgrade Castellanno Second leading money winner on turf 10-1

3 Marriedtothemusic Velasquez Goes for fifth win in last six starts 12-1

2 Global Power Radosevich Wins at 33% clip on turf 30-1

7 Non Stop Lezcano Two of three turf wins at Belmont 50-1

Race 5: 7 Furlongs; WOODY STEPHENS STAKES; Purse $500,000; 3 YO

11 Social Inclusion Ortiz Chose this race over Belmont stakes 7-5

3 Havana Velazquez Needed last, dangerous today 6-1

5 Coup de Grace Castellano Could sit the perfect trip again 10-1

4 Meadowood Napravnik Undefeated on dirt 15-1

12 Top Fortitude Smith Barn can upset, positive jock switch 20-1

1 Bayern Stevens Should love the cutback 5-1

7 Tonito M. Nakatani Full of run off the shelf 20-1

8 Favorite Tale Flores Has won four of five starts 12-1

6 Embellishing Bob Lezcano Game all four starts 8-1

13 Pure Sensation Velasquez Never off the board 30-1

10 Kobe’s Back Rosario Rider switch could be the difference 15-1

9 Spot Saez Won grade two stakes this distance 30-1

2 Financial Mogul Ortiz Adds blinkers and a bullet for return 30-1

Race 6: 1 Mile; ACORN STAKES; Fillies; Purse $750,000; Fillies; 3 YO

8 My Miss Sophia Castellano Has defeated most of these 6-5

3 Fiftyshadesofgold Smith Completes the exacta 8-1

1 Fashion Plate Stevens Throw out last 12-1

7 Unbridled Forever Rosario Something left in tank last out 10-1

9 Artemis Agrotera Ortiz Won grade one over track 5-1

5 Sweet Reason Ortiz Training sharply over course 10-1

6 Tiz So Sweet Alvarado Has improved each start 20-1

4 Sweet Whiskey Velazquez Grade three winner off board once 20-1

2 House Rules Solis Game all three 2014 starts 12-1

13 Euphrosyne Napravnik Never off the board on fast dirt 20-1

12 Vero Amore Pennington May be hoping for rain 20-1

10 Lady Paradime Maragh Wins at 50% clip 30-1

11 Risque Reality Velasquez Missed a check once 30-1

Race 7: 1 1/16 Miles; OGDEN PHIPPS STAKES; Purse $1,000,000; Fillies and Mares; 4 YO & Up

5 Beholder Stevens Won 3 million in purses, 4 for 4 distance 7-5

6 Princess of Sylmar Castellano Undefeated at distance 9-5

1 Close Hatches Rosario Five for five at distance 5-2

2 Antipathy Ortiz Never missed a check 30-1

3 Belle Gallantey Ortiz Goes for fourth win in a row 30-1

4 Classic Point Solis Three of five wins at Belmont 20-1

Race 8: 1 Mile Turf; JUST A GAME STAKES; Purse $750,000 Fillies and Mares; 4 YO & Up

10 Better Lucky Rosario Never off the board at distance 3-1

9 Discreet Marq Ortiz Runs big fresh 5-2

5 Coffee Clique Castellano Will be rolling late 10-1

3 Dame Marie Ortiz Capable of upset 20-1

6 Stephanie’s Kitten Velazquez Her best can win it all 4-1

1 Ready Signal Prado Live longshot rolls late 30-1

4 Somali Lemonade Saez Speedster goes for third win in a row 8-1

8 Waterway Run Lezcano Game all three USA starts 6-1

7 Unlimited Budget Napravnik Wins at 40% on dirt 20-1

2 Strathnaver Smith Has won twice off layoff 20-1

Race 9: 1 Mile; METROPOLITAN HANDICAP; Purse $1,250,000; 3 YO and Up

1 Palace Malice Velazquez Loves track and distance 8-5

4 Goldencents Smith Last year’s form would win it 10-1

6 Central Banker Nakatani Ran career best last out 8-1

9 Normandy Invasion Castellano Could run them all down late 5-1

5 Moreno Rosario Undefeated at Belmont 10-1

13 Shakin It Up Napravnik Will love pace today 6-1

7 Capo Sastone Espinoza Grade one winner will fly late 30-1

10 Clearly Now Lezcano Has competed well in graded races 10-1

8 Declan’s Warrior Bravo Likes track and distance 30-1

11 Broadway Empire Stevens Wins at 50% clip 20-1

2 Vyjack Ortiz May show more speed today 30-1

12 Romansh Ortiz Broke maiden at Belmont 15-1

3 Scarly Charly Franco Takes big step up 50-1

Race 10: 1¼ Miles; MANHATTAN STAKES; Pu YO & Up

3 Rookie Sensation Smith Upset special 12-1

5 Boisterous Nakatani Half of 12 career wins at Belmont 8-1

4 Grandeur Stevens Graded stakes winner adds Lasix 5-1

6 Seek Again Rosario Almost defeated horse of the year 3-1

8 Real Solution Castellano Long overdue 5-1

1 Imagining Velazquez Loves track and distance 7-2

2 Hey Leroy Solis Off the board once on turf 12-1

9 Kaigun Garcia Good stalk and go move 15-1

10 Chamois Bravo Speedster will force the issue 15-1

7 Five Iron Saez The one to catch? 15-1

Race 11: 1½ Miles; BELMONT STAKES; Purse $1,500,000; 3 YO

2 California Chrome Espinoza Has trained like a Triple Crown winner 3-5

4 Commanding Curve Bridgmohan The one to run down Chrome? 15-1

5 Ride On Curlin Velazquez Dad was beaten a lip in Belmont stakes 12-1

9 Wicked Strong Maragh Best of breeding for distance 6-1

1 Medal Count Albarado Training sharply since Kentucky Derby 20-1

11 Tonalist Rosario Impressive over course in slop 8-1

7 Samraat Ortiz Better than Kentucky derby try? 20-1

10 General a Rod Napravnik Will be factor early 20-1

3 Matterhorn Bravo Something left in tank in Peter Pan? 30-1

8 Commissioner Castellano May be hoping for rain 20-1

6 Matuszak Smith Trained by the best in business 30-1

Race 12: 1 1/8 Miles Turf; Optional Claiming; Purse $102,000; 3 YO and Up

6 Red Vine Rosario Rolls on by 5-1

12 Mr. Jenney Lezcano Has one bad race on turf 4-1

7 Ghurair Stevens Faced top fields overseas 9-5

1 Cheyenne Nation Velasquez Capable of upset 12-1

4 North Star Boy Bravo Always gives honest effort 10-1

11 Shining Copper Castellano 1

2 Artic North Alvarado Both wins at this distance 10-1

8 Developer Napravnik Better on synthetic? 20-1

3 Inchcape Ortiz Broke maiden on Belmont turf 12-1

10 Jonrah Montanez Lone horse for sale 30-1

5 Let’s Run Franco Hard to recommend 30-1

9 Shkspeare Shaliyah DeCarlo Both wins at Belmont 50-1

Race 13: 7 Furlongs; Optional Claiming; Purse 102,000, 3 YO and Up

5 In Trouble Napravnik Redemption time 5-2

10 Protocol Solis Runs big fresh 6-1

8 Pazolini Rosario Sharp over course 3-1

6 Confrontation Maragh Needed last, adds two bullets 8-1

13 Ragtime Castellano Much improvement last out 12-1

2 Eastwood Saez Bred to love distance 8-1

11 Celebrator Velazquez May improve off latest 10-1

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time Lasix, blinkers off & new trainer 8-1

9 Slan Abhaile Ortiz Likes track and distance 30-1

1 Kingsford Drive Lezcano No worse than 2nd

12 Quick Money Velasquez Goes for third win in a row 15-1

4 Bad Hombre Alvarado May need a race 30-1

3 Tiz Yankee Ortiz Speedster vwill force the pace 30-1

7 In the Beat Lezcano Would be a shocker 99-1

5 starts on track 15-1

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