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TimeformUS Belmont Horses in Focus for Friday, June 9, 2017

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Race 5:

Salmanazar (#7)
Earned a field-best 102 TimeformUS Speed Figure in his debut.
The runner-up in his last race came back to break his maiden by 8 lengths.
DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Todd Pletcher is 11 for 27 (41%) with a $2.42 ROI with 2-year-old debut winners making their second starts in dirt sprints with John Velazquez riding.
2-1 on ML
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Race 7:
J. S. Choice (#12)

Ran well in all of his New York starts as a 2-year-old.
Got a nightmare of a trip in the Breeders’ Cup at the end of last year.
DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Todd Pletcher is 20 for 75 with a $2.18 ROI bringing horses back in turf routes of layoffs of 180 days or more.
6-1 on ML
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Race 8:
Fellowship (#5)

The Pace Projector is predicting he will get a fast pace to close into.
His strong win at Laurel two back suggests that he’s improved as a 4-year-old.
Will appreciate the turnback in distance.
8-1 on ML
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Race 10:
St Michel (#13)

Finished a good third to two of the best stayers in Europe in the Doncaster Cup last year.
Is relatively young for this group and has a right to keep improving as a 4-year-old.
Gets a positive rider switch to Irad Ortiz.
4-1 on ML
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