Street Life - 2012 Belmont Stakes Expert handicapping breakdown, preview, and Free Predictions
The 2012 Belmont Stakes is less than week away, today we continue our horse by horse analysis and breakdown with Street Life. On Saturday June 9, 2012 everyone will have their attention on I'll Have Another as he goes for first triple crown since Affirmed (1978). Street Life will be dismissed on the morning line odds and tote board with long shot odds of 15-1 or greater.
Hard to believe that a son of Kentucky Derby Winner Street Sense could go off at such long shot odd but that will be the case come Belmont Stakes day. Street Life got a late start to his career, with only 5 starts he has shown some ability in some fairly classy fields. Most impressive performance was last time out in the Peter Pan Stakes over this same Belmont dirt track. Fast closing third in the Peter Pan at 1 1/8 Mile after being way back early. Looks like Street life is calling for more distance something he will get in the 1 1/2 Mile Belmont Stakes.
Trainer Chad Brown has been very patient with Street Life, his patience might just be rewarded in monster effort in the Belmont Stakes. Brown has trained up to this race putting works that are aiming to keep this dead closer a little closer this time out. Street Life has come running late in nearly every race, only problem is that this colt usually spots the field 10 plus lengths. Brown did point out that the Peter Pan has been a good stepping stone in years past for Belmont winners like Drosselmyer.
Obviously these connections know that Street Life will have to take huge step forward to win the Belmont. Street Life best Byer Speed figure is a 93 last time in the Peter Pan. Morning works have looked great, Street Life might be most likely contender to take huge step forward being so lightly raced.
Jockey Jose Lezcano will get leg up again on Street Life after much improved Peter Pan. Lezcano has plenty of experience at Belmont Park but is not known as one of the top jockey's at Belmont. In our book he is better than average jockey but not an elite jockey that can really improve a colt.
Street Life breeding says that this colt should love the distance. Bought at the 2012 Keenland Yearling sale for $130,000. On the Sire Side Street Sense won the Kentucky Derby and Breeders Cup Juvenile. Damn Stone Hope doesn't jump off the page but being from Grindstone class or distance should not be a problem. Grindstone won the Arkansas Derby and Kentucky derby in 1996 before retiring due to chip bone. Overall Street Life might have one of the better breeding in this years Belmont Stakes.
Street Life Race History
|5/12/12||BEL||Peter Pan||3rd||1 1/8 mile||1:48.31||93|
|4/7/12||AQU||Wood Memorial||6th||1 1/8 mile||1:50.96||86|
|3/17/12||GP||Broad Brush||1st||1 1/16 mile||1:46.87||86|
Searching for a long shot will land many on lightly raced Street Life. With improving speed figures its easy to imagine that this colt could run into a top placing in this years Belmont Stakes. Breeding says that Street Life should love this 1 1/2 Mile distance, something you can't say for some of the other favorites. Was our top pick in the Peter Pan Stakes but was too far back to win. Stepping up in class think Street Life will once again be way back turning for home, he will run late but just will not have enough. We are going to use Street Life in our exotics but hate taking dead closers to win the Belmont Stakes. More likely that Street Life runs on late to pick up the pieces finishing 3rd of 4th.