For the most part, you can't really get to the Grade 1 Belmont, unless you are A Saturday horse. Though the distance of a mile and a half, is a distance that many will never want to see again, it is still, in this writer's opinion, one of America's most prestigious races. Just ask Woody. ( Oh don't worry, he'll be watching)
My choice for the Preakness, did not disappoint at Pimlico. He didn't win, but his performance showed me he was a horse to watch for the future. First Dude, not only looks the part and has the pedigree to go the distance but also has tactical speed and stamina, two traits you want plenty of, to win the Belmont Stakes.
Ramon Dominguez is a Saturday Jock that is the current rising star on the NYRA circuit. He is the leading rider at the Belmont meet, and in addition to being familiar with First Dude, he is familiar with Belmont's Big Sandy. This is a big edge when riding the huge Belmont oval. You really need to know where those poles are, and not move too soon. So I will be off to races this weekend for the traditional third jewel of the Triple Crown. I will be rooting for First Dude to shine and for Ramon to get his first Classic. Lots of good racing luck and a safe trip to all.