Irish horse Master of Hounds can win Belmont Stakes from Animal Kingdom and Shackleford
By: Sean O'Shea | Published Monday, June 20, 2011, 2:40 AM | Updated Friday, September 9, 2011, 10:15 PM
When I saw the draw for the Belmont Stakes with Master of Hounds drawn number one I found my selection for the race.
With all the speed and the favorites drawn to the outside Master of Hounds under Garret Gomez should get the perfect ground-saving trip in behind the leaders.
If Gomez can get him to relax around Big Sandy he can come with his run down that endless Belmont straight where so many Triple Crown hopefuls have come to die
The Aidan O'Brien Irish trained horse ran a great race in the Derby where he finished fifth finishing like a train.
He will be overlooked on Saturday but the fact that Gomez has elected to come back and ride him speaks for itself.
There is no better jockey in America and you can bet he had a few to pick from for the last Triple Crown event.
I didn't like Master of Hounds in the Kentucky Derby.
Too many of O'Brien's horses have competed for the American classics but never adapted to the dirt from turf racing.
Master of Hounds was different. In addition, he can take Lasix over here for breaking blood vessels which has happened him in Ireland.
Animal Kingdom will be favorite but I think he might have left his race on the track after his bullet work on Monday.
Shackleford will go to the lead but his pedigree says a mile an d a half is too far.
Mucho Macho Man is the 'now horse' and can trundle up for a second place finish while Nehro, second in the Derby can take third.
But I'm looking for an Irish success in this race for the first time since Go and Go in 1987.