Barish’s Free Pick for Belmont


Race 6

A starter allowance race on the turf to be run at one mile. Top choice is No. 7 Alley Oop Johnny. Trainer Bruce Brown saddles two horses in this field and we prefer this one on top. He should go right to the front and enjoy the one less furlong today. No. 5 Chocolate Bar will likely be the short-priced favorite. He stumbled out of the gate at Pimlico on Preakness day. No. 4 More Like It is the other Brown trainee. He ran very well here just twelve days ago. To race so soon is either too aggressive or brilliant. We’ll know one minute and thirty-five seconds after the race.

The Pick: Win/Place 7 Exacta Box 4-5-7 Trifecta Box 4-5-6-7