Belmont Derby Invitational Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Belmont Derby Invitational Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Belmont Derby is set for July 10 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes Preview and Prediction
- Race: Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes
- Purse: $1 million
- Track: Belmont Park
- Date: July 10
- Post Time: 5:12 PM (ET)
- Live: Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes Odds: Click Here
2021 Belmont Derby Invitational Handicapping
The feature race of three big graded-stakes events at Belmont Park on Saturday is the (G1) Belmont Derby Invitational, open to horses age three racing 1 1/4 miles on the Belmont Turf course.
A stepping-stone to next fall’s Breeders’ Cup Turf race, the 2021 Belmont Derby has drawn an excellent betting field of nine, with three strong contenders and several others looking to spring an upset.
Odds listed here are provided by Bovada’s racebook.
2021 Belmont Derby Invitational Free Pick & Handicapping: Bolshoi Ballet Race Odds: 1-1
The odds-on race favourite, Irish-bred Bolshoi Ballet is a two-time Group 3 winner on his home soil, and sports an overall record of three wins and one third-place finish in six lifetime starts.
Last out he sat just off the pace until they turned for home in the (G1) Epsom Derby but couldn’t keep up in the stretch and eventually settled for a seventh-place finish. It’s off that class level of racing that he gains favoured status here.
He’s trained by Aiden O’Brien and regular jockey Ryan Moore keeps the mount.
2021 Belmont Derby Invitational Free Pick & Handicapping: Hard Love Race Odds: 7-2
A winner of three-of-four lifetime, Hard Love takes his first step up into graded-stakes racing on Saturday in the Belmont Derby.
Two of those wins have come at Belmont, where he broke his maiden at first asking and last out won at the allowance level. Between those two races he had a pair of starts in minor stakes at Aqueduct, running second in the Central Park Stakes to close out 2020, and then opening 2021 with a win in the Woodhaven Stakes.
He’s trained by Jonathan Thomas, with Manny Franco in the irons.
2021 Belmont Derby Invitational Free Pick & Handicapping: Du Jour Race Odds: 5-1
Never out of the money with three wins in five lifetime starts, Du Jour comes into this race off the best performance of his career when he last out won the (G2) American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs.
There he rode the rail to race close up to the early pace before swinging into the 2 path for the stretch drive, getting up to win by 1 1/2 lengths in a race where the final 16th of a mile came back very fast.
He’s trained by Bill Mott, with Flavien Prat getting the call to ride.
2021 Belmont Derby Invitational Free Pick & Handicapping: Cellist Race Odds: 14-1
Un-raced as a two-yer-old, Cellist has now made four starts in this three-year-old campaign and has two wins and a runner-up finish to show for it.
He’s another that comes into this race off a win, as he last out went wire-to-wire to take the Audubon Stakes by 3/4 of a length, digging in to prevail in the stretch going 1 1/8 miles on the grass. Now he faces a big step up in class against this field, where he’s expected to go to the front early and make them chase him down.
He’s trained by Rusty Arnold, veteran Julien Leparoux will be in the saddle.
Here’s My 2021 Belmont Derby Invitational Free Pick.
When you’re good enough to go off as the favourite in the biggest three-year-old turf race in the UK, it’s not surprising you’d be tabbed as the pre-race favourite in the biggest three-year-old turf race in the US.
And it very well may be that Bolshoi Ballet will live up to the hype and run away with this, but there’s no value in betting him, so I’m going to play Du Jour for the win. He was very good in taking the American Turf against a solid field and his breeding suggests he will relish the extra distance they’ll be travelling on Saturday.
Full Field: Belmont Derby Invitational Betting Odds
(By post position)
- #1 – Palazzi 20-1
- #2 – Bolshoi Ballet 1-1
- #3 – Safe Conduct 25-1
- #4 – Sainthood 8-1
- #5 – Du Jour 5-1
- #6 – Hard Love 7-2
- #7 – Tokyo Gold 10-1`
- #8 – Cellist 14-1
- #9 – Hidden Enemy 50-1
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