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On Saturday, DerbyWars.com is offering a $2,000 Belmont Survivor Contest consisting of Races 4-11 -- all Grade 1s on the Belmont Stakes card that ends with the final leg of the Triple Crown.

A spot in this contest costs only $5.75, and every player has the option to purchase up to 12 entries.

As a veteran of DerbyWars' survivor tournaments, I categorize four ways whens selecting my contest horses. Remember, they key is selecting a contender to finish in the Top 3 to keep your entry alive.

The Favorite to Survive:
 The horse that will be selected by the most players.

Alternate:
 A horse that has a good chance to survive but won’t be the top choice. This is the kind you want to use if you think the favorite is vulnerable and could miss the board.

Single:
 A horse that is very likely to survive and allows you to keep all your entries alive.

Spread:
 Try two or three horses across multiple entries in a wide-open race.

Given that, here's how I'm looking to play Saturday's sequence.

Race 4 (Just a Game)

Favorite to Survive:
Rushing Fall
Alternate: Get Stormy

Race 5 (Ogden Phipps)

Favorite to Survive:
Midnight Bisou
Alternate: Come Dancing

Race 6 (Jaipur)

Single:
World of Trouble

Race 7 (Acorn)

Spread:
Guarana, Ce Ce, Cookie Dough

Race 8 (Woody Stephens)

Favorite to Survive:
Mind Control
Alternate: Nitrous

Race 9 (Met Mile)

Favorite to Survive:
McKinzie
Alternate: Firenze Fire

Race 10 (Manhattan)

Single:
Bricks and Mortar

Race 11 (Belmont Stakes)

Favorite to Survive:
Tacitus
Alternate: War of Will

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Posted Monday, May 13, 2019
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Posted Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Derby weekend results led to a shakeup in Matt Shifman's NTRA rankings.
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Meet Matt Shifman



Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently serves as Assistant Editor. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs, Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing.

Since 2012, Matt has been a voter in the NTRA weekly polls for the Top Thoroughbred and Top Three-Year-Old.

Recently, Matt helped launch Derby Day Racing, a new 2-year-old racing partnership, that just purchased a promising Lookin At Lucky filly named Sooner Schooner.



You may also know Matt by his Twitter, Facebook, and HRN screen nameAndyScoggin.

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