Former Kentucky Derby Favorite McCraken Ready for Met Mile
While a majority of the media coverage and discussion is on Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown hopeful Justify, there are plenty of other top-tier races at Belmont Park on one of the biggest racing days of the year. A total of 10 stakes races including 6 grade 1 events are carded June 9 at Belmont, and tons of wagering strategies and opportunities available with massive money on the line. A guaranteed $1.5 million pick 4 starts in Race 8 and includes the $1.2 Metropolitan Handicap (Met Mile) in Race 9 and the Belmont Stakes in Race 11. The 2018 Met Mile is one of the deepest fields on the Belmont Stakes Day card.
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Just over a year ago, McCraken was one of the favorites in the Kentucky Derby pools as he started his career 4-for-4 before finishing 3rd in the Blue Grass and a troubled-trip 8th in the Kentucky Derby at 6-1 0dds. McCraken has 2 wins and 2 placings in five starts since his Derby run, and is 1-for-1 this year as a 4-year-old. He’ll now cut back in distance in the Met Mile and has found his win zone going these one-turn miles. At 12-1 odds on the morning line, McCraken is one to consider and wager on to win, finish in the money, use underneath in your vertical wagers and add to your wagering portfolio in the $1.5 million Pick 4 starting in Race 8 and Pick 3 which starts with the Met Mile in Race 9.
Handicapping insight from ECHR suggests than McCraken could run huge here with his mid-pack style and now Grade 1 placed at a better distance after three strong works following his recent win. The price offers value at 12-1 odds, and in horse racing that’s a big part of the game when you’re trying to turn a profit. We’re riding McCraken to the money.