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Man O War Stakes Betting – O’Brien Looks To Go Back-To-Back At The Man O’ War Stakes

Posted by Marco Sussman on 7/10/2012 6:03:53 PM

Online betting players betting on the Grade-1 Man O’ War Stakes at Belmont States last season saw a foreign horse win for the first time in the race’s history as Cape Blanco from Ireland was steered to the win by Jamie Spencer and the horse was trained by Aiden O’Brien. The Irish trainer will try to do it again when he leads Treasure Beach into Saturday’s race at Belmont Park.

Spencer will be on Treasure Beach’s back for this race and this horse is coming off a tough trip in the Grade 1- Audemars Piguet QE II Cup in Hong Kong, where he finished ninth in his second race as a four-year-old. Treasure Beach had a successful three-year-old campaign, where he won three times in seven starts and finished in the top three five times.

Todd Pletcher will bring Hudson Steele, who has finished first in three of his last five starts, and he is coming off a fourth-place run in the Grade 1-Manhattan Handicap. Pletcher, who has tons of accolades from the horse racing world, has never won this race. He’ll have another chance to battle Papaw Bodie, who finished second in the Manhattan Handicap and that was his third result of second or better in four starts as a five-year-old. He didn’t have a good trip at the Grade 1-Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, which was the only start that wasn’t a handicap race. Papaw Bodie didn’t start running graded-stakes races until this year and this will be a big test in a non-handicap race.

Point Entry won the Grade-2 Elkhorn at Keeneland, but this will be easily the best field that the four-year-old has ever run against. Meanwhile, Newsdad finished fifth in the Elkhorn, but he did win the Grade 2-Pan American Stakes and the Grade 2-Mac Diarmida, which were both at Gulfstream Park.

Trainer Christopher Clement will get a good look from horse betting players as he trained Gio Ponti to back-to-back wins in 2009 and 2010. He has two entries in Saturday’s race as Philly Ace and Barocci have both won allowance races at Belmont Park, but Clement has a choice to make because Julien Leparoux was on the saddle for both races, but he can only ride one in the Man O’ War.

Whichever horse Leparoux rides will challenge Treasure Beach down the stretch, but a foreign horse will take it for the second straight year as Treasure Beach and his stable will look to prove that he is better than what he showed in Hong Kong. The winner usually gets a head of steam for the Breeders Cup Turf in November, and that goes to Treasure Beach, the horse that should receive your sports betting pick on Saturday.

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