09/11/2010 10:28AM

Belmont: Fast and firm


  Fast and firm for opening day of the 37-day fall meet. There is free grandstand admission today and tomorrow.

  Today's 10-race card is highlighted by the 52nd running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Bowling Green at 1 3/8 miles on the inner turf. A field of seven is left after four scratches, including last year's winner, Grand Couturier, who will await the $750,000 Northern Dancer at Woodbine next Sunday.

  With the exception of Jockey Club Gold Cup Day (Oct. 2), when there will be a $500k all-Grade 1 pick-4, Saturdays at Belmont will feature a $300k guaranteed late pick-4. Today's sequence starts with race 7, post time 4:11 p.m. Eastern.