Here are handicapper Charlie Cooper’s picks for the 146th Belmont Stakes Day on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Here are handicapper Charlie Cooper’s picks for the 146th Belmont Stakes Day on Saturday at Belmont Park.


Best Bet: Race 4 Ben’s Cat Best Longshot: Race 10 Rookie Sensation


No. Horse Jockey Comments Odds


Race 1: 1 1/16 Miles; Allowance; Purse $96,000; 3 YO and Up


4 Lieutenant Seany O Velasquez Missed a check once 6-1


9 Jimmy Connors Espinoza Triple Crown nominee adds blinkers 4-1


7 Forever Thing Velazquez Runs well fresh, Game in stakes 7-2


8 Wabbajack Maragh Stalker broke maiden at Belmont 8-1


1 Away Game Luzzi Back on dirt 12-1


2 Bernardo Ortiz 2 of 3 career wins at Belmont 3-1


6 Catholic Cowboy Ortiz Good stalk and go move 6-1


3 Spartiatis Stevens Should show more speed today 10-1


5 Cap the Moment Montanez Leading money winner of field 30-1


Race 2: 1 1/16 Miles; EASY GOER STAKES; Purse $150,000; 3 YO


7 Legend Saez Impressive over course 3-1


5 Misconnect Castellano Also undefeated at track 4-1


6 No Surrender Vravo Undefeated on dirt 8-1


4 Kid Cruz Ortiz Wins at 50% clip 5-2


8 Pass the Coffee Velasquez Never off the board 12-1


3 Effinex Montanez State bred adds Lasix 20-1


1 Life in Shambles Rosario Has improved each start 4-1


2 Souper Lucky Ortiz Competitive all but one start 15-1


9 Howl Alvarado Must duplicate last race for chance 30-1


Race 3: 1½ Miles; BROOKLYN INVITATIONAL STAKES; Purse $500,000; 4 YO and Up


3 Micromanage Castellano Will love extra ground 7-2


1 Eriugena Smith Undefeated since switching to dirt 10-1


4 Cat Burglar Napravnik Off the board once 5-2


5 Ever Rider Espinoza Stakes winner loves distance 5-1


2 Ground Transport Velazquez Goes for third win in a row 3-1


8 Norumbega Rosario Has defeated top choice 6-1


6 Golden Soul Bridgmohan Shows dull form 15-1


7 Bigger is Bettor Arroyo Won open company stakes last out 30-1


Race 4: 6 Furlongs Turf; JAIPUR INVITATIONAL STAKES; Purse $300,000; 4 YO and Up


8 Ben’s Cat Pimental Definitely the one to beat 5-2


6 Undrafted Velazquez Could win with clean trip 5-1


11 Salto Ortiz May love the cutback 5-1


1 Spring to the Sky Maragh Ran career best on Belmont turf 15-1


9 Positive Side Nakatani Will be flying late 8-1


10 Marchman Albarado May try to wire them 3-1


5 Anyriderill Do Napravnik Closed well when back sprinting 20-1


4 Upgrade Castellanno Second leading money winner on turf 10-1


3 Marriedtothemusic Velasquez Goes for fifth win in last six starts 12-1


2 Global Power Radosevich Wins at 33% clip on turf 30-1


7 Non Stop Lezcano Two of three turf wins at Belmont 50-1


Race 5: 7 Furlongs; WOODY STEPHENS STAKES; Purse $500,000; 3 YO


11 Social Inclusion Ortiz Chose this race over Belmont stakes 7-5


3 Havana Velazquez Needed last, dangerous today 6-1


5 Coup de Grace Castellano Could sit the perfect trip again 10-1


4 Meadowood Napravnik Undefeated on dirt 15-1


12 Top Fortitude Smith Barn can upset, positive jock switch 20-1


1 Bayern Stevens Should love the cutback 5-1


7 Tonito M. Nakatani Full of run off the shelf 20-1


8 Favorite Tale Flores Has won four of five starts 12-1


6 Embellishing Bob Lezcano Game all four starts 8-1


13 Pure Sensation Velasquez Never off the board 30-1


10 Kobe’s Back Rosario Rider switch could be the difference 15-1


9 Spot Saez Won grade two stakes this distance 30-1


2 Financial Mogul Ortiz Adds blinkers and a bullet for return 30-1


Race 6: 1 Mile; ACORN STAKES; Fillies; Purse $750,000; Fillies; 3 YO


8 My Miss Sophia Castellano Has defeated most of these 6-5


3 Fiftyshadesofgold Smith Completes the exacta 8-1


1 Fashion Plate Stevens Throw out last 12-1


7 Unbridled Forever Rosario Something left in tank last out 10-1


9 Artemis Agrotera Ortiz Won grade one over track 5-1


5 Sweet Reason Ortiz Training sharply over course 10-1


6 Tiz So Sweet Alvarado Has improved each start 20-1


4 Sweet Whiskey Velazquez Grade three winner off board once 20-1


2 House Rules Solis Game all three 2014 starts 12-1


13 Euphrosyne Napravnik Never off the board on fast dirt 20-1


12 Vero Amore Pennington May be hoping for rain 20-1


10 Lady Paradime Maragh Wins at 50% clip 30-1


11 Risque Reality Velasquez Missed a check once 30-1


Race 7: 1 1/16 Miles; OGDEN PHIPPS STAKES; Purse $1,000,000; Fillies and Mares; 4 YO & Up


5 Beholder Stevens Won 3 million in purses, 4 for 4 distance 7-5


6 Princess of Sylmar Castellano Undefeated at distance 9-5


1 Close Hatches Rosario Five for five at distance 5-2


2 Antipathy Ortiz Never missed a check 30-1


3 Belle Gallantey Ortiz Goes for fourth win in a row 30-1


4 Classic Point Solis Three of five wins at Belmont 20-1


Race 8: 1 Mile Turf; JUST A GAME STAKES; Purse $750,000 Fillies and Mares; 4 YO & Up


10 Better Lucky Rosario Never off the board at distance 3-1


9 Discreet Marq Ortiz Runs big fresh 5-2


5 Coffee Clique Castellano Will be rolling late 10-1


3 Dame Marie Ortiz Capable of upset 20-1


6 Stephanie’s Kitten Velazquez Her best can win it all 4-1


1 Ready Signal Prado Live longshot rolls late 30-1


4 Somali Lemonade Saez Speedster goes for third win in a row 8-1


8 Waterway Run Lezcano Game all three USA starts 6-1


7 Unlimited Budget Napravnik Wins at 40% on dirt 20-1


2 Strathnaver Smith Has won twice off layoff 20-1


Race 9: 1 Mile; METROPOLITAN HANDICAP; Purse $1,250,000; 3 YO and Up


1 Palace Malice Velazquez Loves track and distance 8-5


4 Goldencents Smith Last year’s form would win it 10-1


6 Central Banker Nakatani Ran career best last out 8-1


9 Normandy Invasion Castellano Could run them all down late 5-1


5 Moreno Rosario Undefeated at Belmont 10-1


13 Shakin It Up Napravnik Will love pace today 6-1


7 Capo Sastone Espinoza Grade one winner will fly late 30-1


10 Clearly Now Lezcano Has competed well in graded races 10-1


8 Declan’s Warrior Bravo Likes track and distance 30-1


11 Broadway Empire Stevens Wins at 50% clip 20-1


2 Vyjack Ortiz May show more speed today 30-1


12 Romansh Ortiz Broke maiden at Belmont 15-1


3 Scarly Charly Franco Takes big step up 50-1


Race 10: 1¼ Miles; MANHATTAN STAKES; Pu YO & Up


3 Rookie Sensation Smith Upset special 12-1


5 Boisterous Nakatani Half of 12 career wins at Belmont 8-1


4 Grandeur Stevens Graded stakes winner adds Lasix 5-1


6 Seek Again Rosario Almost defeated horse of the year 3-1


8 Real Solution Castellano Long overdue 5-1


1 Imagining Velazquez Loves track and distance 7-2


2 Hey Leroy Solis Off the board once on turf 12-1


9 Kaigun Garcia Good stalk and go move 15-1


10 Chamois Bravo Speedster will force the issue 15-1


7 Five Iron Saez The one to catch? 15-1


Race 11: 1½ Miles; BELMONT STAKES; Purse $1,500,000; 3 YO


2 California Chrome Espinoza Has trained like a Triple Crown winner 3-5


4 Commanding Curve Bridgmohan The one to run down Chrome? 15-1


5 Ride On Curlin Velazquez Dad was beaten a lip in Belmont stakes 12-1


9 Wicked Strong Maragh Best of breeding for distance 6-1


1 Medal Count Albarado Training sharply since Kentucky Derby 20-1


11 Tonalist Rosario Impressive over course in slop 8-1


7 Samraat Ortiz Better than Kentucky derby try? 20-1


10 General a Rod Napravnik Will be factor early 20-1


3 Matterhorn Bravo Something left in tank in Peter Pan? 30-1


8 Commissioner Castellano May be hoping for rain 20-1


6 Matuszak Smith Trained by the best in business 30-1


Race 12: 1 1/8 Miles Turf; Optional Claiming; Purse $102,000; 3 YO and Up


6 Red Vine Rosario Rolls on by 5-1


12 Mr. Jenney Lezcano Has one bad race on turf 4-1


7 Ghurair Stevens Faced top fields overseas 9-5


1 Cheyenne Nation Velasquez Capable of upset 12-1


4 North Star Boy Bravo Always gives honest effort 10-1


11 Shining Copper Castellano 1


2 Artic North Alvarado Both wins at this distance 10-1


8 Developer Napravnik Better on synthetic? 20-1


3 Inchcape Ortiz Broke maiden on Belmont turf 12-1


10 Jonrah Montanez Lone horse for sale 30-1


5 Let’s Run Franco Hard to recommend 30-1


9 Shkspeare Shaliyah DeCarlo Both wins at Belmont 50-1


Race 13: 7 Furlongs; Optional Claiming; Purse 102,000, 3 YO and Up


5 In Trouble Napravnik Redemption time 5-2


10 Protocol Solis Runs big fresh 6-1


8 Pazolini Rosario Sharp over course 3-1


6 Confrontation Maragh Needed last, adds two bullets 8-1


13 Ragtime Castellano Much improvement last out 12-1


2 Eastwood Saez Bred to love distance 8-1


11 Celebrator Velazquez May improve off latest 10-1


st


time Lasix, blinkers off & new trainer 8-1


9 Slan Abhaile Ortiz Likes track and distance 30-1


1 Kingsford Drive Lezcano No worse than 2nd


12 Quick Money Velasquez Goes for third win in a row 15-1


4 Bad Hombre Alvarado May need a race 30-1


3 Tiz Yankee Ortiz Speedster vwill force the pace 30-1


7 In the Beat Lezcano Would be a shocker 99-1


5 starts on track 15-1