Belmont Races promise to be entertaining this weekend. The racing action will be headlined by the Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes, but there are also four compelling Grade 3s to look forward to.

Beaugay Stakes

The sixth race on the card at Belmont Park is the Beaugay Stakes, which is a Grade 3 affair. Fillies and mares achieved four and over will compete in this race over 1 1/16 miles. Trainer Chad Brown has an excellent record in this race, as he has won the last three renewals. He has two runners in the field this year. Irish-bred Lemista will be looking to bounce back after finishing tenth in the Irish Grade 2 Moyglare Jewels Blandford Stakes on her last start.

Before that disappointing run, she had won two Graded contests, with the most impressive of those coming in the Grade 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes. Brown also trained Nay Lady Nay, who finished a credible eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf last year. However, we fancy the chances of Lemista.

HorseJockeyJazz Sports Odds
Harvey’s Lil GoilJunior Alvarado+160
Lemista (IRE)Irad Ortiz Jr+250
Nay Lady Nay (IRE)Javier Castellano+400
Platinum PaynterLuis Rodriguez Castro+2000
Civil UnionJoel Rosario+200
ThankfulLuis Saez+3000

Peter Pan Stakes

The Peter Pan Stakes is the ninth race on the card at Belmont on Saturday. This Grade 3 is open to horses aged three and will be run over a distance of 1 1/8 miles. Promise Keeper and Risk Taking will be the two horses to beat according to the odds. However, we are going to oppose the favorites for this competitive race with Nova Rags.

William Mott trains this three-year-old, and he has been progressive throughout the season to this point. He has won once, with that victory coming in the Pasco Stakes. However, his run in the Curlin Florida Derby was very impressive, as he finished fourth behind Known Agenda. That form is strong, and we expect another competitive run this weekend.

HorseJockeyJazz Sports Odds
OvertookJohn Velazquez+600
Nova RagsJunior Alvarado+250
Promise KeeperLuis Saez+350
Wolfie’s DynaghostJose Ortiz+450
I Am The LawKendrick Carmauche+3000
Risk TakingIrad Ortiz Jr+140

Runhappy Stakes

The Runhappy Stakes is the first Grade 3 on the card at Belmont on Saturday, as it will be the fourth race run. Horses that are aged four and over can compete over the six furlongs for the Runhappy Stakes. Firenze Fire won this race in 2019 for trained Jason Servis, but it will be a big ask to repeat that feat. It seems difficult to bet against the big market mover in the field, Chateau.

The six-year-old gelding has won two from three starts this season and was impressive last time out in the Carter Handicap despite finishing fourth. Chateau has already won a Grade 3 in the past, as he won the Tom Fool Handicap back in March. We expect him to claim a second Graded success this weekend.

HorseJockeyJazz Sports Odds
Stan the ManJoel Rosario+400
Town ClassicJose Ortiz+1200
ChateauKendrick Carmouche+160
Firenze FireIrad Ortiz Jr-125
DraftedLuis Saez+1500

Vagrancy Handicap

Fillies and mares aged four and over will compete in the competitive Grade 3 Vagrancy Handicap, which is the seventh race on the card at Belmont Park. This is a wide-open race that could go in any direction. Pacific Gale won the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie last time out, while Kiss The Girl and Sadie Lady also come into this after impressive wins.

However, we are going to side with Victim of Love. This five-year-old returned after just six months away from the track finishing second in an allowance race at Laurel Park. He won the Vagrancy Handicap last year, and past experience could be a huge plus.

HorseJockeyJazz Sports Odds
Piedi BianchiManuel Franco+800
Sadie LadyKendrick Carmouche+600
Victim of LoveJoel Rosario+400
Kiss the GirlTrevor MaCarthy+1500
Honor WayJose Ortiz+300
Pacific GaleJohn Velazquez +250
French EmpireJavier Castellano+350

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