Belmont Park / Free Selections/ $500,000 Guaranteed Pick-Four

by Ed Meyer

posted on September 27, 2012 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, | No Comments >>

This weekend should be a glimpse for the some of the runners heading to the Breeders’ Cup. A chance of rain is in the forecast for Thursday and Friday, and a 70% chance for Saturday. But don’t let this dampen your spirits as Winning Ponies will make adjustments for the weather. Your E-Z Win Forms are geared to adapt to whatever Mother Nature sends our way so you can have the edge to make your day a winner!

Belmont Park

Race #5 – The 74th Running of the G-1 Beldame Invitational – 1 1/8 – 2:58 p.m. ET

This has the feel of a barn-burner renewal for Royal Delta and It’s Tricky. Both are ultra-talented, but the winner’s circle is only made for one.  #3 – Royal Delta comes in for the loaded Mott barn, and he is on schedule to have a huge day if the cards fall his way. His filly is 2/2 ITM at Belmont, and 2/2 ITM on an off-going track. She ran second last year in this same race against Harve de Grace, and looks to right the tote board. Her last race at Saratoga inspired my play, and her works show readiness. Full steam ahead!

Race #6 – The 32nd Running of the G-2 Kelso Handicap – 1 mile – 3:30 p.m. ET

#5 – To Honor and Serve = John Velasquez in the saddle for Bill Mott. 2nd off the layoff, and he is 3/4 ITM over the strip. This son of Bernadini should be able to handle an off-track if the sky opens up, and his works show something special is coming.

Race #7 – The 73rd Running of the G-1 Vosburgh Invitational – 6f – 4:04 p.m. ET   -* THIS RACE BEGINS THE $500,000 P-4 *

#2 – Poseidon’s Warrior = Irad Ortiz gets the call, and he shocked with a win in the G-1 Vanderbilt. 2/2 on an off-track, and his last two works show he will come prepared.

#5 – Fort Louden = Nakatani and Zito team up here, and this guy is a horse for the distance going 5/5 with wins. Made up solid ground chasing down Willy Beamin in the King’s Bishop, and that race is worth watching again on replay.

#8- Caixa Electronica = J.J. Castellano in the irons for Team Pletcher. 4/6 ITM at Belmont, and 6/6 ITM on soft footing. Cuts back in distance, and has been putting finishing touches on things working over the deep Oklahoma Training track at Saratoga.

#9 – Justin Phillip = Ramon Dominguez in the driver’s seat for Steve Asmussen, and this colt is 4/5 ITM over Big Sandy. Likes to close from off the pace, and seems to relish muddy and sealed tracks.

Race #8 – The 35th Running of the Flower Bowl – 1 1/4 on the turf – 4:38 p.m. ET

#1 – Dream Peace = Julien Leproux in the saddle for Chad Brown. Last out was a great run against Winter Memories, and this gal gets second lasix as she is a world traveller. Had to alter course in the G-1 Diana, and needs a cleaner trip. Does well on good and soft turf courses, and this present no problem if the turf gets soggy.

#4 – I’m A Dreamer = Hayley Turner gets the repeat nod after winning the G-1 Beverly D. 4/5 at the distance, and by all accounts should be able to handle the soft going.

#7 – Zagora = Ramon Dominguez for Chad Brown, and this mare is 1/1 ITM at Belmont. 3/4 ITM going the route of ground, and you cab bet that Ramon will have her in the perfect spot. That was a HUGE win over Hungry Island in the Balston Spa.

Race #9 – The 36th Running of the G-1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:12 p.m. ET

#2 – Point of Entry = Johnny V in the saddle for Shug McGaughey, and he may be one of the best turf runners in the land. 3/3 ITM at Belmont, and 3/3 with wins at the distance. Very versatile runner, and has a good driver in the seat. Working well, and if the last win in the Sword Dancer is an indicator. Good things are coming again.

#3 – Treasure Beach = Jamie Spencer gets the call for Aiden O’Brien after being squeezed at the start. Go back three races, and he was the big chalk against Point of Entry as a beaten favorite.

Race #10 – The 94th Running of the G-1 Jockey Club Gold Cup – 1 1/4 – 5:46 p.m. ET

#1 – Ron the Greek = Jose Lezcano gets the ride in this $1,000,000 race for Bill Mott. He has won two G-1’s this year, and seeks another on his way to the Breeders’ Cup. A beaten favorite in the Whitney, and and gets more ground to employ his trademark style of closing.

#5 – Fort Larned = B.J. Hernadez up for Ian Wilkes, and he won the Whitney under a hand ride. This colt by E Dubai is getting good at the right time, and it is time to start peaking for the Breeders’ Cup. He is 1/1 at the distance, and 1/1 on an off-track.

#9 – Flat Out = Joel Rosario in the irons for Bill Mott. Mott has big plans for this guy as he seeks to repeat in this same race from last year. Rosario replaces Rosie Napravnik, and he is a stronger finisher down the lane. Had a troubled trip last out, and looks to rebound impressively.

#6 – Atigun = Mike Smith in town for Kenny McPeek. 3rd off the layoff, and has been knocking on the door. Worked a bullet at Saratoga, and has faced some monsters his last three efforts. A good trip can open up a whole new look for this son of Istan.

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