09/05/2014 1:41PM

Watchmaker: Belmont pick five play for Sunday, Sept. 7


With 10 2-year-old first-time starters in the body of the 10th and final race, many of them from live and/or clever outfits, I can’t endorse playing the late pick four Sunday at Belmont Park. With the inability to even use possible double payoffs as a means to gauge betting action, there is just too much guesswork involved in this last leg of a multi-race exotics wager for my liking. And I would imagine the same would be true of any other reasonably sane horseplayer. It’s disappointing that the New York Racing Association still seems unaware that slotting races loaded with first-time starters in spots where they are completely hidden for multi-race exotics purposes is a disservice to bettors.