Dan’s Double: Back-to-Back Plays on a Loaded Belmont Stakes Card

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Saturday, June 8

Belmont Park, Race 7, Grade 1, $700,000 Acorn Stakes, 3:22 p.m. ET

#9 Ce Ce: Sentimentally, I would have loved to have gone back to Serengeti Empress after she helped me cash some big tickets on Longines Kentucky Oaks Day. Unfortunately, I think race shape might leave her a bit vulnerable. I think she’s going to face a lot of pressure throughout – Cookie Dough, Guarana, and Fancy Dress Party all have the speed to go with Serengeti Empress, and each of those horses’ jockeys knows they can’t let the Oaks winner get loose. That should allow Ce Ce (another horse with great gate speed) to track the pace and give jockey Victor Espinoza some options, depending how fast they’re going up front. Ce Ce is lightly raced but she could be anything. Even though she has only two races under her belt, there’s reason to believe she’s the real deal: Three of the top five finishers from her maiden win alone have all come back to win. Her Equibase and Beyer Speed Figures put her right near the top of the contender list.

$10 Budget 

$1 trifecta key 9 over 2,7,8 ($6)

$2 exacta box 7,9 ($4)

$25 Budget 

$2 trifecta key 9 over 2,7,8 ($12)

$1 trifecta key 7 over 2,8,9 ($6)

$4 exacta box 7,9 ($8)

$50 Budget  

$1 trifecta key box 9 over 2,7,8 ($18)

$1 trifecta key 9 over 2,7,8 ($6)

$5 exacta box 7,9 ($10)

$5 double 9 with 1,2,11 ($15)

Saturday, June 8

Belmont Park, Race 8, Grade 1, $400,000 Woody Stephens Stakes Presented by Mohegan Sun, 4:04 p.m. ET

#11 Wendell Fong: We cashed some really nice tickets on this race, in this very same post, last year when Still Having Fun pulled off the upset. I’m going with another horse this year who has spent much of his winter and early spring prepping at Laurel Park. Like last year, I would expect a pretty hot pace in this race Much Better and Landeskog will both be pressing early, while Complexity and Mind Control won’t be too far off of it. I don’t love the 11 post for Wendell Fong, but he’s proven that he’s got tactical speed and he should be able to find a decent spot on the run up the backstretch. Wendell Fong might get overlooked based on the Laurel preps but he’s beaten some pretty nice horses, including Call Paul (a multiple graded stakes winner) last out. Even more encouraging was that Wendell Fong was really doing his best running late, so stretching out to this seven-furlong distance might just be right up his alley.

$10 Budget 

$2 win, place and show on #11 Wendell Fong ($6)

$1 exacta 1,11 with 1,2,11 ($4)

$25 Budget 

$4 win, place and show on #11 Wendell Fong ($12)

$1 exacta box 1,2,11 ($6)

$1 trifecta box 1,2,11 ($6)

$50 Budget 

$6 win, place and show on #11 Wendell Fong ($18)

$1 exacta box 1,2,9,11 ($12)

$1 trifecta box 1,2,11 ($6)

$.50 trifecta box 1,2,9,11 ($12)

Last Week’s Earnings: $0

Year-to-Date Earnings: $3,136.81

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