As for the influence of the Belmont Stakes, many believe runner-up Tacitus was the best horse after a wide trip throughout from the outside post and bumping hard with War of Will in the upper stretch and then lugging in. Tax was fourth, beaten only 2 3/4 lengths, and Spinoff was sixth, beaten only three lengths. I believe all three have an excellent chance to win the Travers, with Spinoff, if he runs, being a very live longshot coming off a stirring victory over older horses, including the top-class Lone Sailor, winner of $1.2 million, who he crushed by 5 3/4 widening lengths. He may wait for the Pennsylvania Derby, but if he runs back in the Travers he could be sitting on another big race following a stylish and professional performance going a mile and an eighth and with a race over the track. But Todd Pletcher normally doesn't like running horses back in 18 days, so if he does you have to figure he bounced out of that race in great shape and is looking for more.
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