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Belmont Stakes Betting: As of now, it looks like Restoring Hope will run next Saturday at the Belmont Stakes. The horse has not had a lot of success in graded stakes, but he has good speed coming out of the gate and that may be enough to pull off what would be a monumental upset.
It took three tries for Restoring Hope to win his maiden race, and after he finally did his first graded stakes was the Wood Memorial. He had his best performance to date there, comfortably finishing in third place behind Vino Rosso and Enticed.
The horse didn’t have the points to enter the Kentucky Derby with just a third-place finish to his name, so he ran at the Pat Day Mile Stakes on Derby Day instead of the main event. He had an awfully disappointing run there, finishing in 12th place and looked gassed at the end.
The Belmont Stakes will go to post on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 6:37 p.m. ET at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Catch the Belmont Stakes live on NBC.
Career Record: 1-1-2
Career Earnings: $135,644
Belmont Stakes Odds at BetCris.com: +5000
Restoring Hope is sired by Giant’s Causeway. The European horse had a long career as a sire before passing away last month. However, his progeny have failed to have the same success that he had as a racehorse. Restoring Hope’s Dam is Symbol of Freedom, who is descended from Tapit.
Bob Baffert is the trainer for Restoring Hope. Baffert is one of the all-time legends and has had a ton of success at the Belmont Stakes. However, it seems like the plan is to use Restoring Hope as a rabbit for his other horse, Justify. Justify is just one win away from the Triple Crown and horse racing immortality, and Baffert wants to give that horse the best chance possible of winning.
It is unclear who will jockey Restoring Hope if he runs at the Belmont Stakes. Mike Smith rode him in his last race, but Smith will be on Justify this time around. Flavien Prat was his jockey for the two races before that, so he will likely get the nod.
Why Restoring Hope Will Win the Belmont Stakes
Honestly, it’s tough to see a situation in which Restoring Hope wins the Belmont Stakes. Baffert has already stated that the plan for Restoring Hope would be to use him as a rabbit. His best chance to win would likely involve plenty of horses behind him jostling for position and making contact with each other.
Why Restoring Hope Won't Win the Belmont Stakes
The horse’s best speed rating was 96, and that was only good enough for third-place at the Wood Memorial where he finished more than five lengths behind Vino Rosso.
Additionally, he doesn’t look like he has the endurance to run 1.5 miles. Restoring Hope was gassed at the end of his last two races, and the longer of the two races was 1 1/8 miles.
The Final Verdict
There’s little chance of Restoring Hope hitting the board. This horse just doesn’t have the legs to go the distance, and a successful run for him doesn’t involve finishing in the money. His goal is to set the pace for Justify, and his mission will be accomplished if the horse wins the Triple Crown.
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