Belmont Park – June 26th Preview (Bonus Pick 5 & 6)

We’re back for another great day of racing at Belmont Park! Just 9 races featured in today’s card again, highlighted by the Hessonite Stakes in the 8th. Check out my preview of today’s card as well as the tickets I’ll be playing. Let’s start this weekend off well, ladies and gents! 

Race 1 (1:15pm): $40,000 Claiming, 6½ furlongs on the dirt, 3 yr olds and up

The standout here in the first is recent winner #4 Star of the West, who put up a great performance in these same conditions at Belmont Park at the beginning of the month. He gets a jockey upgrade here as well with Irad Ortiz, and is looking to improve once again. Yesterday at Belmont, early speed played extremely well on the dirt, so if the 4 breaks early and gets on the rail, he should easily beat the pack. While I’ll likely single the #4 here, the other horse that I think offers value is #1 Big Boy Mo at 8-1. He’s put up some pretty consistent figures and broke his maiden last time out here a few weeks ago. I like him getting the inside post here, and this jockey/trainer combination has brought in some solid money for bettors here at Belmont as of recently. If you’re looking to bet a tri, don’t leave #2 Dangerous Edge off there either.

Race 2 (1:50pm): $20,000 Maiden Claiming, 6 furlongs on the dirt, 3 yr olds and up

This was probably one of the more difficult races to handicap, seeing as there weren’t any horses that I absolutely loved but also didn’t find too much reasoning to back value here. The morning line favorite is #3 Cobble Hill, who is yet to snag a win but had a great run out here at Belmont finishing 2nd. Irad is back in the irons, and if he plays this race smart and lets the pace drop towards the latter half of the race, the 3 will certainly have enough in him to blow by the leaders. That being said…like yesterday, I expect speed to play big again today, meaning I do not like the value of Cobble Hill especially should he drop below even money. Instead, I prefer #6 Lost In Rome, who is sitting at 5-1 morning line odds and has recorded consistent speed figures in his runs. I hesitate to take him, however, because he came in two behind Cobble Hill a few weeks ago. Lastly, #2 Carters Got Sass gets Manny Franco on top this time around who should break early for the lead. This gelding has been unable to hold the lead in his previous times out, but I like him trying this 6F distance out again. 

Race 3 (2:23pm): Allowance, 8½ furlongs on the outer turf, 3 yr olds and up

Chad Brown’s #1 Good Governance is the absolute favorite here and for good reason. On paper, this is actually a solid field of horses, but I just don’t see any of them beating the 1 here. It’s been a bit since he’s raced, which was last August when he was beat by a nose in the G3 Saranac in Saratoga, but he’s out for revenge and Irad Ortiz will be setting himself up for one hell of a day at Belmont Park. The next horse I’d look at if you’re looking to fade the favorite is definitely #2 Gauguin, who is a Mott trained horse that’s run consistently well on the turf. At 9-2, he offers value but needs to learn how to be a finisher if he wants my full respect. 

Race 4 (2:55pm): $25,000 Claiming, 6 furlongs on the inner turf, fillies & mares 3 yrs old and up

Taking #11 Teletype here, who offers some of the best speed of the group. I see Dylan Davis breaking for the lead out of the gate and testing the limits of this one. He had a good run last time in his return to the grass, but fell short in the final furlong. Good thing this race is shortened by a furlong! If the favorite #3 First Appeal doesn’t burst ahead in the final stretch, I think the 11 gets the w here. Nonetheless, the 3 deserves all the respect he’s getting. He just raced last friday, and usually I am not a fan of short layoffs like this but in a shortened race and dropping down in class, Brad Cox likely has a good feeling about First Appeal. 

Race 5 (3:27pm): $10,000 Claiming, 7 furlongs on the dirt, 3 yr olds and up

Off the bat I like #7 Tale Of Mist who is dropping in class after a couple of difficult runs against tougher competition. The drop should treat him well as should the added distance, since he was able to win at this length back in December. However, this trainer (Randi Persaud) is yet to finish a race in the money at this meet (0-13)…Hard to trust…but I like him here. Next is #1 Blue Belt, who has both experience and consistency. Although he hasn’t won a race since August 2018, he’s finished in the money multiple times at this level before and should be considered at anything around 3-1. I said before I figured it’d be a big day for Irad Ortiz and I think this race could be one where he continues to prove that. He rides #5 Javelin, a duo that just beat the #1 horse last time out at the beginning of the month. I’m not overly convinced with this one, and not loving him at 6-5 odds, but can’t count him out. 

Race 6 (3:59pm): Maiden Special Weight, 1 mile on the outer turf, New York bred 3 yr olds and up

#5 Justintimeforwine is the one I’m going with here. He’s shown some good speed figures on the turf at this distance before and gets Mike Luzzi again, who has all but closed with him. Liking the early speed and thinking he could break his maiden here. #9 Lord Cadbury is a first time starter in this one but gets Joel Rosario on top which should be considered. It’s a shot in the dark but at 12-1 I like him. Did you really think I’d lead Irad off this one? Nope! #10 Aintitfunkynow is 7-2 here and is trained by Michael Maker, who has been putting good horses on the turf recently. Liking this one to come out of the gate hot and set the pace. 

Race 7 (4:32pm): $40,000 Allowance Optional Claiming, 8½ furlongs on the inner turf, New York bred 3 yr olds and up

The favorite here is #5 Doups Point, who is a Clement trained horse with Rosario on the saddle. As of now, this horse is 7-2, and if those odds hold until post time, I will be hammering him. Back on the turf this time which is a little sketchy, but I love the late speed this one has to offer at this distance. Luis Saez returns to the irons of #9 Rinaldi, which is a bonus considering the duo is 2 for 3 in their times out. The 9’s last race didn’t go as well, however that was in the G3 Saranac in Saratoga, where he finished 4th just a length and a half behind the leader. This one should break for the lead early, and if he does then Saez will have his eyes on wiring the field. I like the chalk here, I’m sorry! But, if we’re looking for value here I’d look at #1 The J Y, who gets the inside draw – a decent advantage for horses with speed at Belmont. Liking him at 6-1 and hope he can drop even further in odds. 

Race 8 (5:04pm): The Hessonite Stakes, 6 furlongs on the outer turf, New York bred fillies & mares 4 yrs old and up

Yesterday’s stakes race didn’t nearly live up to the hype, as there were literally only two horses in it, so let’s hope today it’s a bit different. Like I said yesterday, if a horse’s name is related to Saratoga in some way, I tend to be biased towards it. Now when it’s name has Saratoga in it and it’s one of the favorites…well, I kinda have to take it. With that, #7 Saratoga Treasure is dropping here after facing tougher competition in the Intercontinental and looks to return to form. I’m also liking #5 Mentality, who is coming off of a 2nd place finish back in May at Churchill. She’s clearly used to the Belmont turf as well, since she’s won on it in 4 out of her 6 appearances. Add to this the fact that she’s had some impressive workouts recently too, this is a must take at 7-2.

Race 8 Bets:
$15 EXB: 5/7 ($30 bet)
$2 TRIB: 5/6/7 ($12 bet)

Race 9 (5:36pm): $25,000 Maiden Claiming, 6½ furlongs on the dirt, New York bred fillies & mares 3 yrs old and up

Ending the day at Belmont Park with a wide open race here…which will be scary should we be alive still in the pick 6, but I think we’ve got this one. #2 Vitanza is offering some of the best value of the field at 10-1, and she has recent experience at this distance. She tired her last time out and fell back, but I like the jockey change to Gutierrez, who raced her well their last time out. Liking the Asmussen trained #3 Hayezhee as well, who is sitting at 6-1 morning line odds, great value for this filly. She’s dropping slightly after two losses at the $40,000Md level, and Junior is looking to continue to improve with this one. Can’t count out Luis Saez and #9 Mopolka here either. The 9 is the morning line favorite for the right reasons, and gets Saez on the saddle today, a nice upgrade from her previous attempts. She has blinkers this time around, and will absolutely be a threat in this one. Should she break early and should speed be playing, I wouldn’t be too surprised with a wire to wire performance.

R1: 1/2/4 (no replacement for the scratched #4)
R2: 2/3/5/6
R3: 1
R4: 3/11/4 (added the #4)
R5: 1/5/7
Total cost: $36 for a $.50 ticket. 

R4: 3/11
R5: 1/5/7
R6: 5/9/10
R7: 1/5/9
R8: 5/7 (Really want to single #7 here…but can’t get myself to do it)
R9: 2/3/9

Total cost: $64.80 for a $.20 ticket.

As always with my Pick 5 and 6’s, I recommend mixing and matching some of the horses you prefer in them. I try and keep costs down so that if you like larger tickets, you can feel free to add to yours.

Thanks for checking out my preview of today’s card! To follow along throughout the day and see what I’ll be betting in real time, be sure to follow @SpaSaturdays on Twitter. 

639 thoughts on “Belmont Park – June 26th Preview (Bonus Pick 5 & 6)”

  1. Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted
    keywords but I’m not seeing very good gains. If you know of any please share.


    Also visit my homepage:

  2. Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to generate
    a really good article? but what can I say? I hesitate a lot and never manage to get anything done.

    Review my web blog: Alannah

  3. Your means of telling everything in this paragraph is genuinely
    pleasant, every one be capable of without difficulty
    know it, Thanks a lot.

    My web site :: Andy

  4. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot
    about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is great
    blog. A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

    Also visit my website ::

  5. It is appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy.
    I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you few interesting things or advice.
    Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article.
    I wish to read even more things about it!

    Feel free to surf to my blog: gem King855

  6. Good day! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.
    Is it tough to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure
    things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any points or suggestions?
    With thanks

    My page:

  7. Hi there, just become alert to your blog thru Google,
    and located that it is truly informative. I am gonna be careful for brussels.
    I will appreciate should you proceed this in future. A lot of other people will
    probably be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!

    Feel free to surf to my web blog –

  8. Saya telah menjelajah online lebih dari tiga jam hari ini,
    namun saya tidak pernah menemukan artikel menarik
    seperti milik Anda. It is cukup berharga bagi saya.
    Secara pribadi , jika semua pemilik situs web dan blogger membuat konten yang baik seperti yang Anda lakukan, net akan menjadi a jauh lebih berguna
    dari sebelumnya.

    Feel free to visit my page :: Login slot joker (

  9. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and
    it’s time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could
    I wish to suggest you few interesting things or tips.

    Maybe you can write next articles referring
    to this article. I desire to read more things about it!

    Review my page

  10. Excellent pieces. Keep writing such kind of information on your site.
    Im really impressed by your site.
    Hello there, You have performed an incredible
    job. I will certainly digg it and personally suggest
    to my friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited from this site.

    my blog post sky777 game

  11. Hey I am so glad I found your website, I really found you
    by mistake, while I was searching on Yahoo for something else,
    Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a
    marvelous post and a all round enjoyable blog
    (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the moment but
    I have bookmarked it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back
    to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the excellent job.

    Feel free to visit my blog;

  12. Hey, you used to write fantastic, but the last several
    posts have been kinda boring… I miss your super writings.
    Past several posts are just a little bit out of track!
    come on!

    Feel free to surf to my web page

  13. We would like to thank you yet again for the wonderful
    ideas you gave Jesse when preparing her own post-graduate research
    in addition to, most importantly, for providing each
    of the ideas in one blog post. Provided that we had been aware of your web-site a year ago, we’d have been kept from the unnecessary measures we were implementing.
    Thank you very much.

    Have a look at my webpage ::

  14. I like the valuable info you supply on your articles.
    I will bookmark your weblog and take a look at again here frequently.
    I’m slightly certain I will be told many new stuff proper
    right here! Best of luck for the following!

    my web page:

  15. Wow, marvelous weblog layout! How long have you been running a blog for?
    you make running a blog glance easy. The entire look of your website
    is excellent, let alone the content!

    Also visit my webpage … Ricardo

  16. Hi there, just became aware of your blog
    through Google, and found that it is really informative. I am
    gonna watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if you continue this in future.
    Many people will be benefited from your writing.

    Look into my web page:

  17. you are truly a good webmaster. The website loading velocity is amazing.

    It sort of feels that you’re doing any distinctive trick.
    In addition, The contents are masterpiece. you have performed a excellent activity on this matter!

    Feel free to visit my blog post

  18. hello there and thank you for your info ? I’ve definitely picked up something new from
    right here. I did however expertise some technical points using this web site, since
    I experienced to reload the site a lot of times
    previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK?
    Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will very frequently affect your
    placement in google and can damage your high quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords.

    Anyway I am adding this RSS to my e-mail and could look out for a lot more of your
    respective intriguing content. Ensure that you update this again soon.

    Here is my site …

  19. I wanted to check up and allow you to know how , a great deal
    I valued discovering your website today.
    I would consider it the honor to operate at my business office
    and be able to use the tips contributed on your web-site and also be a part of visitors’ opinions like this.
    Should a position connected with guest article author become offered at
    your end, please let me know.

    Also visit my homepage …

  20. My wife and i ended up being so ecstatic when Albert managed to deal with his research through the entire ideas he made out
    of the blog. It is now and again perplexing to just be
    giving freely concepts which often other people could have been making money from.
    And we also grasp we’ve got the writer to be grateful to for
    that. The type of explanations you’ve made, the straightforward
    website menu, the relationships you will make it possible to create – it’s mostly overwhelming, and it’s really letting our son in addition to our family
    reckon that the situation is pleasurable, and that’s extremely serious.
    Thanks for everything!

    My blog post ::

  21. Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i
    was just curious if you get a lot of spam remarks?
    If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any assistance is very much appreciated.

    Here is my blog:

  22. Hey, you used to write fantastic, but the last few posts have been kinda boring…
    I miss your super writings. Past few posts are just a little bit
    out of track! come on!

    My site :: Clarissa

  23. Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon on a daily basis.

    It’s always interesting to read through content
    from other writers and use something from their websites.

    Here is my website:

  24. Great site you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find high quality writing
    like yours these days. I really appreciate individuals like you!
    Take care!!

    my webpage: Dana

  25. I and my pals ended up analyzing the great
    information and facts located on your website and then at once developed an awful feeling I
    had not thanked you for those techniques. Those young boys came absolutely very interested to learn them and already have actually been tapping into
    these things. Thank you for turning out to be very thoughtful and then for deciding
    upon some awesome things millions of individuals
    are really eager to know about. My very own honest apologies for not
    expressing gratitude to sooner.

    My homepage –

  26. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to
    my blog that automatically tweet my newest
    twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for
    quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.

    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your
    blog and I look forward to your new updates.

    Also visit my web page:

  27. May I simply just say what a comfort to discover a
    person that genuinely understands what they are discussing over the
    internet. You definitely understand how to bring an issue to light and make
    it important. More people need to look at this and understand
    this side of the story. I was surprised that
    you’re not more popular since you most certainly
    have the gift.

    Visit my web blog :: Carissa

  28. I not to mention my pals have been viewing the great recommendations found on your website
    and suddenly got an awful feeling I never thanked you for them.

    All the women had been certainly excited to read them and have in effect without a doubt been loving
    those things. Many thanks for indeed being indeed thoughtful and then for finding these kinds
    of magnificent tips millions of individuals are really wanting to be informed on. Our own sincere regret for not expressing gratitude to you sooner.

    My web site:

  29. Thank you for your blog post. Jones and I happen to be saving for just
    a new e book on this subject and your blog post
    has made us to save all of our money. Your opinions really solved
    all our concerns. In fact, a lot more than what we had
    acknowledged in advance of the time we came upon your amazing blog.
    I no longer have doubts along with a troubled mind because you have completely attended
    to our own needs right here. Thanks

    Also visit my web blog …

  30. I’m not sure why but this website is loading very slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this issue or is it
    a issue on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still

    Review my blog post …

  31. Appreciating the time and energy you put into
    your blog and in depth information you present. It’s
    awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that
    isn’t the same unwanted rehashed material. Fantastic read!
    I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

    Look into my website

  32. May I simply say what a comfort to discover somebody who actually knows what they’re talking about online.

    You actually understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important.
    More and more people need to look at this and understand this side of your story.
    It’s surprising you aren’t more popular given that you most certainly have the gift.

    Here is my page ::

  33. My husband and i have been fulfilled that Michael managed to
    deal with his survey with the precious recommendations
    he gained out of the site. It is now and again perplexing just to find yourself
    giving out steps which many others could have been trying to sell.
    And we do understand we now have the writer to appreciate for that.
    The illustrations you made, the simple web site navigation, the relationships your site help to
    promote – it is everything remarkable, and it’s really aiding our
    son and us believe that the article is thrilling, and that
    is especially important. Many thanks for everything!

    Also visit my web site –

  34. I am not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.
    Thanks for wonderful info I was looking for this info for my

    Feel free to surf to my homepage –

  35. Howdy, I believe your web site might be having web
    browser compatibility issues. When I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in Internet
    Explorer, it’s got some overlapping issues. I simply wanted
    to give you a quick heads up! Apart from that,
    great site!

    Also visit my blog …

  36. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site so i came to
    return the desire?.I am attempting to to find things to improve
    my web site!I guess its ok to make use of some of your concepts!!

    Also visit my website –

  37. Great blog here! Additionally your site a lot up very fast!
    What web host are you the use of? Can I get your
    associate hyperlink on your host? I wish my website loaded up
    as fast as yours lol.

    my web-site …

  38. I would like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this web site.

    I am hoping the same high-grade site post from you in the upcoming as well.

    Actually your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my own site
    now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly.

    Your write up is a great example of it.

    Also visit my website;

  39. First off I want to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you
    do not mind. I was interested to find out how you
    center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.
    I’ve had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.
    I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the
    first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted just trying to figure
    out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Appreciate it!

    Feel free to visit my web page:

  40. Admiring the hard work you put into your site and detailed
    information you offer. It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while
    that isn’t the same old rehashed material. Great read!

    I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

    Feel free to surf to my blog post;