10/09/2010 1:26PM

Grade 1 Pick-4's at Bel, Kee, OTH


Today's seven Grade 1 races at Belmont, Keeneland and Oak Tree @ Hollywood are all part of pick-4's at those tracks, the strongest lineup being Keeneland's all-graded-stakes sequence on races 7-10:


Unless you've figured out a way to beat Uncle Mo in the Champagne, the Belmont pick-4 is a virtual pick-3, but all three of those other legs are contentious.

More contentious, say, than three of the four stakes at Keeneland, where Informed Decision, Proviso and Gio Ponti all look like legit and clear favorites. In the Breeders' Futurity, though J B's Thunder -- a maiden winner on the turf at Saratoga -- seems a much shakier proposition making his second start and main-track debut.

At Oak Tree, the G1 Ancient Title is surrounded by a claimer, an allowance turf sprint and a maiden grass race. The other stakes on the card, the G2 Oak Tree Mile (where Sidney's Candy has been scratched), is being run as the 5th race at 6:05 pm ET.

I'm heading out to Belmont for the stakes with the following tentative pick-4 play in hand: