Picks for the Belmont Park races
May 21, 2016
I am handicapping the Belmont Park Races 4, 10, and 11. It will rain late in the day, so take that into consideration with your picks if you are betting early. I have handicapped the races for you assuming they will stay on the turf, as Races 10 and 11 are Stakes races, and it is Preakness Day. (Race 4 may be taken off the turf, as it is a NY Bred race.)
May 21, 2016
Race 4 8, 4, 7
Win: #8 Swayed
Place: #4 Startwithsilver
Show: #7 Animal Appeal
Ditch: #1 First Charmer – has to have lead but has too many competitors for it. Will fold.
#8 Swayed A versatile filly who can easily be rated behind the front runners in here. Has been running against winners and will appreciate the NY Bred company.
#4 Startwithsilver Another versatile filly needing more experience. She may be right there for a piece of it based on her class alone. On the improve. First time against winners.
#7 Animal Appeal Looks to need the turf, so be wary if this race switches to dirt. Needs to have the lead to win and may not get it in here, as there are plenty of challengers for it. Still a strong choice for hitting the board.
Race 10 3, 4, 8
Win: #3 Lightstream
Place: #4 Brinkley
Show: #8 Summer Reading
Ditch: #7 Morethanjusthello- Stepping up in competition.
#3 Lightstream The horse to beat in here. Showed her grit against winners first time back.
#4 Brinkley Can sit behind. Doesn’t have to have the lead. Solid numbers from a solid barn. Good jockey.
#8 Summer Reading Best of the rest in here. Only drawback is she has not raced on this surface. Has worked over it respectably, so that may be an indication. Definitely looks to be in the money here.
Win: #1 Paulassilverlining
Place: #5 Blithely
Show: #3 Stormy Sky
Ditch: @#2 West Coast Chick (needs the lead and just not good enough to get it or keep it), Momameamaria (same as West Coast Chick) Both running to fill the race for the #1 horse and to get an assured piece of the action with only 5 runners in here.