Belmont Horse Racing Picks for Sunday 6/7/20
With most of the sports world on pause, it's a great time to dive into horse racing, and FanDuel Racing gives you the chance to do just that.
Starting at 1:15 p.m. EST, we have 10 races at Belmont Park. Using our numberFire projections as a guide, here are some of the best bets.
As always, keep an eye out for scratches and changes, and check the weather.
I will reference Equibase's Speed Figure in selected races, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races -- adjusted for track, distances, and conditions.
Dante’s Fire, Race 7
FD Odds: 8/1
A 1 1/16 mile race for state-breds on the Inner Turf. We look towards EPO trainers Chad Brown and Brad Cox, but we're not interested in Brown’s favorite, Graded On a Curve (5/2), who is making his 2020 debut. Good speed, no value and better options to beat.
Giant Shoes (8/1) could move forward for Cox and makes his turf debut after three races on dirt. He’s projected to hit the board by Daily Horse Picks.
Dante’s Fire (8/1) is our pick offering value, and EPO trainer Mike Maker has him working very well for his 2020 debut. Hall-of-Fame jockey John Velazquez rode him to his first win late last year as a two-year-old and will have him in the mix as he’s physically stronger and off the pace. Expect a strong effort.
Sombeyay and Seismic Wave, Race 9
FD Odds: 4/1 and 10/1
Just one stakes race Sunday, and it’s a minor one in the First Defence. But a full field of 14 older runners will shoot at the $80,000 purse and run seven furlongs. Top turf trainer Chad Brown has a pair of runners in here, including Flavius (7/2), the favorite on the rail with top jock Jose Ortiz aboard. Delaware (GB) at 8/1 is a better option and is making his U.S. debut having won a pair of stakes races in France last summer and top stretch rider Joel Rosario takes the mount. Value option and add if to Pick 4. If Brown’s third horse can draw into the field from the also eligible list, Brown will have the morning line favorite as well in Complexity (5/2), who Daily Horse Picks (DHP) rates on top.
Sombeyay (4/1) strings three races together in from Gulfstream with a pair of 116 speed figures in graded stakes races and a win and two seconds. Working well for EPO trainer Todd Pletcher, and jockey Javier Castellano is the No. 2 rider early in the meet with a 27% win rate and 64% in the money.
Win Win Win (8/1) makes his first start in nearly a year and has a pair of bullet works in prep for this race. He was a non-factor in last year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
Seismic Wave makes his 2020 debut for trainer Bill Mott and is working beautifully for his return. He was competitive in four graded stakes last year and in six races posted a speed figure of 100 or higher. Spotted well for his return if jockey Eric Cancel can improve on his own 2-for-31 at the current meet.