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Belmont Park: Pick-six races feature $176,813 carryover, large fields, few singles
ELMONT, N.Y. – The pick six was not hit over the weekend at Belmont Park, resulting in a carryover of $176,813 heading into Wednesday’s card.
Life doesn’t get any easier for pick-six players, with large fields in all races – only one race has fewer than nine betting interests before scratches – five of which are scheduled for the turf. After some light showers Monday morning, pristine conditions were expected Tuesday and Wednesday, with temperatures near 70 degrees and no rain.
As there are 10 races Wednesday, the pick-six sequence will start with race 5 (3:09 p.m. Eastern).
Race 5 – Though he’s the only 3-year-old in this 10-horse field, Smiling Bob also is the only one in here with a win over the course and at the six-furlong distance and is coming off a win at this level at Saratoga on Travers Day. Don’t Say No is a seven-time winner who was beaten a head at this level two back and most recently finished four lengths behind Beer Is Good, who won here Sunday. Deeper pockets may want to include Folk Singer, who takes a sharp drop for a trainer who sent out a $25 winner earlier in the meet.
Race 6 – Singles are hard to find in this sequence, but Image of Noon could be one in this first-level allowance for New York-bred fillies and mares at seven furlongs. Image of Noon won here nicely in her 3-year-old debut in May and has finished second in three straight races since, including two New York Stallion Stakes. Last out, Image of Noon hit her mouth on something and raced with blood trickling from her gums, according to trainer Jim Ryerson.
“She ran great,” Ryerson said. “She pretty much shows up all the time. Hopefully, that’ll continue Wednesday.”
John Velazquez picks up the mount, though he enters the card just 2 for 33 at the meet.
You can’t argue with those who want to use Atlantic’s Smile, who comes off a maiden win at Saratoga, and/or Ave’s Halo, who has lost two straight by a neck.
Race 7 – The fun starts here, with untrustworthy horses littering the remainder of the card. You may have to go four deep in this multi-tiered conditioned race, including Sabouli and English Rhythm, a neck apart when second and third in a similar spot at Saratoga on Aug. 28, Mah Jong Maddnes, and Miz Owell.
Race 8 – There are only eight horses in this $89,000 second-level allowance feature, and you would love to be able to use half of them. Anna Sophia makes her first start for trainer Todd Pletcher off a five-month layoff and owns a win over the course. Mariel N Kathy is a horse-for-course, with both of her career victories coming here, including an overnight stakes score last fall. Floral Romance has a win over the course, rallied to be second over the speed-favoring Saratoga turf last out, and shortens up to a mile. Trainer Chad Brown said he is experimenting by taking blinkers off Rock my Heart after a disappointing North American debut.
Race 9 – This is a second-level optional claimer that features veterans like Be Bullish, Pure Attitude, and Writingonthewall against lightly raced runners such as Crackerjack Jones and Longfor the City. Longfor the City is 2 for 2 at Belmont and should get a favorable pace setup. Pure Attitude goes first off the claim for Jason Servis off a winning effort at Saratoga. You would not want to get beat by Be Bullish. Crackerjack Jones was awful last time and may get used up chasing the pace.
Race 10 – The other potential single on the card is Gridiron Great, who drops in class and returns to Belmont, where he ran the two best races of his career in the spring. Trainer Rudy Rodriguez, who has won four races at this meet, puts blinkers on the ridgling, and there is just not much talent in here. St. Sincere and Ride a Song are others to consider – though both drew tough outside posts – if you’ve got deep pockets.
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