Belmont Oaks Invitational Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Belmont Oaks Invitational Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Belmont Oaks is set for July 10 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes Preview and Prediction
- Race: Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes
- Purse: $700,000
- Track: Belmont Park
- Date: July 10
- Post Time: 4:06 PM (ET)
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2021 Belmont Oaks Invitational Handicapping
Some of the best domestic and international three-year-old turf racing horses are meeting up on Saturday afternoon in New York for the running of the (G1) Belmont Oaks Invitational and (G1) Belmont Derby Invitational.
Slated as race #7 of 11 on the Belmont Saturday card, the Belmont Oaks is run at a distance of 1 1/4 miles on the Belmont grass. The race has drawn a very solid field of eight with an Irish invader the heavy favourite.
Odds listed here are provided by Bovada’s racebook.
2021 Belmont Oaks Invitational Free Pick & Handicapping: Santa Barbara Race Odds: 20-27
Irish-bred Santa Barbara was a winner in her debut on home soil at the Curragh and has been keeping very good company since then with three straight starts in Group 1 races across the pond.
She has yet to find the winner’s circle a second time, but was fourth three back in the (G1) 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, and last out was beaten just a head in a photo finish in the (G1) Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. That race was run at the Belmont Oaks distance of 1 1/4 miles, so distance is no problem for her.
She has the all-world trainer-and-jockey combination of Aiden O’Brien and Ryan Moore.
2021 Belmont Oaks Invitational Free Pick & Handicapping: Plum Ali Race Odds: 6-1
Fifth in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf after winning the (G2) Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont, Plum Ali has made two starts so far in 2021 and has hit the board in both.
She opened the year running third in the (G2) Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland, and last out came from way back and way wide to get up for second in the (G3) Wonder Again Stakes going 1 1/8 miles on the Belmont inner turf course.
She’s trained by Christophe Clement, Joel Rosario is the rider.
2021 Belmont Oaks Invitational Free Pick & Handicapping: Cirona Race Odds: 9-1
A UK-bred who has done all her racing in France, Cirona was well back in her last start in the Group 1 Prix de Diane last out at Chantilly, but otherwise has been very good at the stakes level in Europe.
She had a string of five straight races over ’20-’21 where she ran first or second, including a runner-up finish in the Group 1 Prix St. Alary at Longchamp and a win in the Group 3 Prix de la Grotte at the same track.
The trainer is Christophe Ferland, jockey Jose Lezcano picks up the mount.
2021 Belmont Oaks Invitational Free Pick & Handicapping: Con Lima Race Odds: 10-1
A somewhat rare Texas-bred filly racing in the graded-stakes ranks, Con Lima comes to the Belmont Oaks with back-to-back wins, including last out on the Belmont turf when she beat Plum Ali in the Wonder Again.
Based primarily at Gulfstream, she had previously won the Honey Rider Stakes at the south Florida track, and owns an overall record of six wins and four runner-up finishes in 11 lifetime starts.
The trainer is Todd Pletcher, Flavian Prat gets the call to ride.
Here’s My 2021 Belmont Oaks Invitational Free Pick.
While her back class would indicate Santa Barbara deserves favoured status here, I think there are some questions to be asked in terms of how she might handle a turf course that is likely to be more firm than she’s been running on lately, as well as how she will handle shipping over and racing on less than two weeks rest.
Outside of that one there is a lot of value to be had here, and I’m going to look at another invader and take Cirona for the win. She did all the dirty work in setting the pace last out in a race that was run at 1 1/4 miles only to be nipped at the wire in a three-horse photo.
Full Field: Belmont Oaks Invitational Betting Odds
(By post position)
- #1 – Con Lima 10-1
- #2 – Cirona 9-1
- #3 – Higher Truth 9-1
- #4 – Spanish Loveaffair 16-1
- #5 – Santa Barbara 20-27
- #6 – Nazuna 16-1
- #7 – Plum Ali 6-1`
- #8 – Gam’s Mission 10-1
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