BELMONT PARK PICKS OF THE DAY THURSDAY MAY 4 2020


Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr Coming off 5 wins on Open Day at Belmont Park Yesterday




RACE 1

2 First Down Takes a Drop to Claimers of 16k for Trainer/ Owner Andrew Willams. last time out finished 3rd in claimers of 25k. Should be fit for today with some excellent work in the Am over this surface is 9 for 10 in the money going this distance and should be closing firm with a good amount of speed in this race. Cancel Staying aboard today

1 Be Magic - This 3-year-old Filly Broke her Maiden last time out for Maiden 25k winning by 12 lengths. Shows some speed, the last outing should be shooting out for the lead today with Lezcano staying aboard.

6 Smiles From Sadie loves Belmont. is 2 out or 3 in the money over this track and 6 out of 9 times in the money going this distance. Takes a drop in class today for the Rudy Rodriguez Barn. (who won the opener yesterday on open day) and gets Franco back aboard should be mid-pack with some speed in here it can set up perfectly for her.

7 So Aristocratic Shipps in for Trainer James Chapman. Going 2nd time off a 3-month layoff and stretching back out to mile( 4 out of 7 in the money going a mile ) , Had some trouble last time out at Churchill downs going 6 furlongs should be a reasonable price here and can be an upset in here with some excellent works in the am.

MY PICKS 6-2-1-7 if any scratches then adding the 5 Super Twenty Seven.

Race 2

14 J’S Warrior was entered in yesterday's card, Goes 2nd time off the layoff with running ok 1st time back to the races at the tight track to win at Churchill Downs in the Slop where he set the pace and got nipped for place finishing 3rd by 3 ½ lengths. Also had Some Nice Works over this surface.

5 Brain’s Last Song going 1st time out of the Claim for Bruce Brown finished 2nd that day for maiden claimers of 25k. Has some early speed and should be right in the thick of things.

12 Son Of Darkness Ships- ( Long Shot) in for the Edward Coletti Jr Barn 1st time out after being gelded and showed some lighting speed at parx in previous races. Should be well fit with excellent works and Gets a great front running style jockey today Carmouche.

8 Adios Amigos Gets moved over to the John Terronva barn and takING drop down in class today and twitches back to the dirt where he finished 2nd 1st time out in the Slop that was taking off the turf. Gets Castellano aboard today and with a lot of speed in here can be closing on strong.

6 Wardenofthenorth- Very Dangerous in here going 1st time out for Assmusen with getting Irad Aboard. Been Training at Belmont for a while now.

MY PICKS- 14-5-12-8 incase of Scratches 6 Wardenofthenorth

Race 3

1 Bronx Bomber Has been running very well since being claimed from the John Toscano Barn and scoring the highest buyer last time out. Takes Drop in Class for Drawing away stables outstanding win percentage on drop downs !

8 Shamrock Kid Goes 1st time out off the Claim for Gary Gullo with winning 2 of 3 starts over this surface, A Lot of speed in this race should set up perfect for him. Gullo had a nice win yesterday 1st time off the Claim here.

6 Foolish Ghost Been Training lights out for new Barn Robert Falcone After snatching him last outing when he got dropped in for tag for the 1st time of career 25k finishing 2nd. Should be Gunning for the lead today.

2 Big Thicket Going 1st time off the Claim for Trainer Owner Rudy. Very Dangerous should be closing on secure with speed in this race—excellent Win percentage off the Claim.

Race 4

4 Portfolio Hedge is going to be tough to beat here for Chad Brown./ Castellano duo Going out 1st time off the bench three times for Career.

3- Aintitfunkynow Maker/ Irad Ortiz Jr Duo who was unstoppable at Gulfstream this winter. This three year old NY bred Gets back on the turf today where he is better suited only losing by 2-5 lengths in his first two Career starts.

2 Lexatoga Think we will see what this colt is made of today with Trainer Mcgaughey taking this new york bred down to Florida with him over the winter and debut at Gulfstream got taking off the turf and ran 5th over the slope. Got a race under his Belt ,and now gets to show what he is made of on the Grass today with Jose Ortiz aboard.

7 DAFUSI:coming off a long layoff but gets back on the turf where he has a promising debut over this course 1st time out last year finishing 2nd being inside and tested by the duo. Very Dangerous Clement/ Rosario

MY PICKS- 2-4-3-7 if any scratches 6 Operative

Race 5

1- Clara Peeters (GB) Ran light out on US Debut for Brad Cox closing strong and finishing 2nd when getting off to a slow start and being 5-7 wide throughout. 3 for 4 in the money going this distance. Should get the job done today with Trainer Brad Cox having a win yesterday on opening day here.

4- Lady Grace - going out 2nd time off the bench for The Casee Barn getting Johnny V Back aboard

Getting off the 8 in here, and stretching out to 7 on the turf today (6 out of 8 times in the money on the turf) Very Dangerous in here.

6 Hannah’s Smile going for 3rd straight win in a row was running lights out and better and better each race before being sidelined for the winter. Loves this Belmont turf, being in the money 4 out of 6 times and is 9 out of 12 in the money over Career. Might need a race in here coming off layoff though

8 Devant Goes 2nd time out off layoff and stretches back out to preferred distance. Coming out of a real tough race last time out at Churchill Downs, Gets Jose Ortiz aboard today.

MY PICKS - 1-4-6-8 if any scratches 2 Kreesie

Race 6

MY PICKS - 6-7-14-2

Race 7

12- Northern Haze 1st time Gelded, Adding Blinkers today and getting back to going long on the turf where he is in the money 3 out of 3 times.

My Picks 12-5-10-13 if any scratches 7

Race 8

5 Basquiat coming off a nice debut win down at Gulfstream For Chad Brown/ Irad Ortiz Jr Duo Going to be tough to beat in here

6 Mystic Guide Coming off a big victory at Fairgrounds when stretching out to a mile a sixteenth for 2nd Career start winning by 5 lengths. Rosario aboard today Very Dangerous

7 Nothing Better- Going out for the red hot Durate Jr Barn. Who had to win yesterday on opening day. Has some early speed and thinks will handle the stretch out fine. Should be a reasonable price here today.

MY PICKS 6-5-7-3

Race 9

1 Standard Deviation Ran 2nd last time overseas in the HH THE AMIR TROPHY G1 STAKES. Johnny v back aboard and expect a big us return today.

8 Sadler’s Joy One of my favorite horses with having a remarkable career at seven and still having a lot left in the tank coming off a 100 buyer last time out and loves Belmont being in the money 7 out of 10 times and 9 for 11 going this distance.

6 Noble Indy Coming off a Big Win last time out down at Gulfstream wiring the field. Will be trying to do the same today with being the main speed in here and coming off some excellent works in May coming out of his last victory well.

10 Go Poke The Bear was entered in for yesterday, Decides to run here today for the Maker/ Ortiz Jr Duo who should go off at a reasonable price in here

MY PICKS 1-6-8-10 if any Scratches 4 Highland Sky

Race 10

My PICKS 6-5-1-10 if any scratches 8


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