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Irish War Cry is my Belmont pick

Belmont Stakes hopeful Irish War Cry gallops around the track during a workout at Belmont Park, Thursday, in Elmont, N.Y. Irish War Cry will be one of 12 horses competing in the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday.
Belmont Stakes hopeful Irish War Cry gallops around the track during a workout at Belmont Park, Thursday, in Elmont, N.Y. Irish War Cry will be one of 12 horses competing in the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. AP

Irish War Cry likes to run well every other race.

And that form cycle points to a big run in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, the last leg of the Triple Crown.

Irish War Cry faded at the end of the Kentucky Derby, after chasing Derby winner Always Dreaming much of the way. But I see a more favorable pace scenario in the Belmont.

Irish War Cry, the No. 7, figures to be near the lead in the race’s early stages and should show a big kick in the stretch to surge ahead of the field. I like him to win at 3-1 odds and I’ll play a small exacta box with him and Multiplier, the No. 10, who figures to be running late.

Blake Kaplan, the Sun Herald’s executive editor, has covered horse racing for The Orange County Register and once worked as a handicapper at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

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