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Saratoga Tips on June 8th - Expert tips on Belmont Stakes day

Last updated: 08 Jun 2024
Conrad Castleton 08 Jun 2024
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  • Belmont Stakes to be held at Saratoga due to construction
  • Includes final leg of US Triple Crown and multiple Grade One races
  • Key picks: Accretive (True North), Casa Creed (Poker), Sierra Leone (Belmont Stakes)
Saratoga Spa racecourse. (Getty)

Expert tips for Saratoga on June 8th, as the 2024 Belmont Stakes takes place at 11:41pm (UK Time).

The Belmont Stakes will be run at Saratoga this year, with Belmont Park currently under construction. Along with the final leg of the US Triple Crown, viewers will enjoy five more Grade One races at the Spa tonight, along with a couple more pattern races.

Here is the Timeform US verdict on every race at Saratoga today.

Belmont Stakes Day Tips - Timeform US Tips

5:31pm Saratoga - True North Stakes (Grade 2)

This doesn't look the deepest Group Two. ACCRETIVE looks the clear pick at the weights and gets the nod. Runner-up last time out at Belmont At The Big A 5 weeks ago. Head and shoulders above the rest on the figures.

Gun Pilot is in decent nick at present and is also likely to be in the mix. Ninetyprcentmaddie isn't entirely out of it either.

6:11pm Saratoga - Poker Stakes (Grade 3)

A good renewal of this Group Three. CASA CREED has an excellent strike rate at this track and looks to have good claims. Respectable effort last time out at Meydan 10 weeks ago.

Lucky Score must have a good chance on these terms and seems sure to go well. Mysterious Night is also an interesting runner.

6:51pm Saratoga - Suburban Stakes (Grade 2)

CRUPI is facing an easier assignment than last time and makes most appeal. Down the field last time out at Meydan 10 weeks ago. Taking on some easier opponents than last time. Holds solid claims and is the selection.

Charge It is interesting too. Third last time out at Belmont At The Big A 5 weeks ago. Has the rider for the big occasion up.

7:36pm Saratoga - Ogden Phipps Stakes (Grade 1)

This doesn't look the deepest Group One. IDIOMATIC has leading claims. Winner last time out at Churchill Downs 5 weeks ago. Put in a good piece of work the other day. One to take seriously.

Randomized has a superb record at this venue and is taken to get second.

8:22pm Saratoga - Woody Stephens Stakes (Grade 1)

A range of ability on show in this Group One. VLAHOS represents a successful stable and looks worth a wager. Successful on debut. Showed improved form when beaten 1¼ lengths in Grade 2 at Churchill Downs only outing since. Stable's sole representative on the card. 

Prince of Monaco could hardly have a better rider aboard and can emerge second best. Imagination shouldn't be discarded either.

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White Abarrio with jockey Irad Ortiz riding wins the Breeders Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. (Getty)

9:08pm Saratoga - Jaipur Stakes (Grade 1)

STAR OF MYSTERY was Runner-up last time out at Meydan 10 weeks ago. She could hardly have a better rider aboard and should make a bold show. 

Big Invasion is weighted to go well and is likely to be in the mix too. Mischief Magic demands respect as well.

9:52pm Saratoga - Metropolitan Handicap (Grade 1)

WHITE ABARRIO can overcome a disappointing run out in Saudi Arabia last time and claim another Grade 1 success. A smart sort who’s really taken off since switching barns from Saffie Joseph to Richard Dutrow. Won last year’s Whitney at this track by clear daylight and repeated in Breeder’s Cup Classic. Disappointed in Saudi Cup last out. Has been working well and claims there for all to see.

National Treasure looks next best, whilst Hoist The Gold can outrun his odds and claim third.

22:36pm Saratoga - Manhattan Stakes (Grade 1)

A race dominated by European-trained runners and they can come out on top. AL RIFFA is lightly raced. Won a Group 1 in native Ireland as a juvenile. Second both starts last season. Close fourth in Prix Ganay at Longchamp in April. Fast turf would ask a new question but gets weight from his main rivals and that may give him the edge.

Charlie Appleby has two runners in Measured Time and Nations Pride, with William Buick taking the reins on the former and he’s preferred for second.

23:41pm Saratoga - Belmont Stakes (Grade 1)

SIERRA LEONE gets the verdict to land the final leg of the Triple Crown. Desperately unlucky not to arrive unbeaten in five starts. Won the Blue Grass at Keeneland two back before running Mystik Dan so close in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Tends to hang left which could be a danger if coming round horses in the stretch but fully expected to be there at the business end.

His Derby conqueror Mystik Dan may have to settle for a place once more but can reverse Preakness form with Seize The Grey.


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