Shapazian’s Belmont picks – May 19

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All eyes on Baltimore for this weekend’s Preakness Stakes extravaganza but the show goes on in New York with three cards to be run on a (hopefully) dry track.

The Saratoga Special’s John Shapazian said last weekend as “so-so” after going 8-for-27 and he’s hoping for a fast main track, too. Shapazian’s record stands at 34-for-84 for the three three-day weekends of handicapping, a strike rate of 40.4 percent.

Race 1
O CAPTAINMYCAPTAIN goes out for the hot Clement barn and attracts Irad Ortiz Jr.  SON OF SANIBEL, another firster by Posse, may go well.  INCORPORATE drops in for a tag, runs as a first-time gelding, adds Lasix.  5-3-1

Race 2
PREZIOSA may be able to take advantage of a pace melt down.  VOUCH FOR KITTEN is the one to catch.  ON THE LIST should be part of the early pace.  5-2-6

Race 3
AVA’S KITTEN makes her 2017 debut for Chad Brown, should sit a good trip behind ULTIMATE HOLIDAY who will set the early fractions and is not impossible at a price.  INSTA ERMA comes off a wide trip at Keeneland.   5-4-2

Race 4
FROST WISE goes turf to dirt, can take them all the way.  SILLY SISTER had a troubled debut, goes out for Linda Rice.  SUMMER SWEET is second off the bench may prefer the turf.  1-3-4

Race 5
DOUBLE DOSE returns after an impressive score nine days ago, will be tough to beat if she can repeat that effort.  AWESOME QUICK was also sharp in her last.  HOPONTHEBUSGUS goes back on the lawn were she done her best running.  8-7-3

Race 6
ZARAAB drilled sharply at Saratoga May 8, comes off a dull effort.  LUCULLAN and ZAP ZAP ZAP both go out for trainers who specialize in second-out scores.  7-5-2

Race 7
DIVINE MISS GREY ships up from south Florida, maybe better than these.  TAINTED ANGEL is back in the claiming ranks.  SHE’S HAD ENOUGH will set the early fractions.  5-7-3

Race 8
CHICADORO returns after six months on the bench, looks well spotted.  PUCA has had some good efforts.  GUILTY TWELVE would be no surprise.  4-5-1

Race 9
TU EXAGERES has lots of upside potential, can boss these.  PEPPERMINT ZIP comes off the claim, returns to the turf.  HEATED VERDICT may get a minor award.  6-2-5