​Belmont Park Horse Racing Picks for Friday 10/9/20

It's a great time to dive into horse racing, and FanDuel Racing gives you the chance to do just that.

Starting at 12:50 p.m. EST, we have 10 races at Belmont Park. Using numberFire’s projections as a guide, here are some of the best bets.

As always, check the program for scratches and changes, and check the weather and track conditions.

(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.)

Mr. Kringle, Race 5

FanDuel Racing Odds: 3/1

Race 5 is for state breds going 1 1/16 miles in the Inner Turf. A consensus top choice by numberFire, Daily Horse Picks (DHP) and Guaranteed Tip Sheet is Mr. Kringle (3/1).

Mr. Kringle is winless in six starts this year but has finished second or third in his last five races while hitting a speed figure of 97 a month ago when finishing second at this distance as the favorite.

Danfusi (5/1) broke his maiden at Belmont in June, and EPO trainer Brad Cox got him to finish second running on the lead before losing by a length to the favorite.

Ancient Times (5/2) breaks from the outside for EPO trainer Todd Pletcher with Irad Ortiz Jr. riding. Ancient Times is training well after breaking his maiden and winning by five lengths on debut last month. He now faces winners and should be pressured more up front.

Good Old Boy and Point Him Out, Race 7

FanDuel Racing Odds: 3/1 and 8/1

Race 5 is an Allowance race for state-breds going 1 1/16 miles on the Turf. DHP likes Pletcher’s Microsecond (2/1) with top jockey Jose Ortiz riding. Good Old Boy (3/1) is ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. and he won in August and then came back early last month with his best-ever speed figure (99) when finishing third (as the favorite) a half-length behind Microsecond. Point Him Out (8/1) finished further back in that race following a poor start but is a solid option for Trifecta wagers.

Microsecond should get pressure up front from Kampai (30/1) and Stanhope (8/1) on the far outside for Cox.

Heirloom Kitten and Will Sing for Wine, Race 8

FanDuel Racing Odds: 9/2 and 8/1

Race 8 is an Allowance race at 1 1/16 miles and both numberFire and GTS project Heirloom Kitten (9/2) to win for trainer Linda Rice. He’s won two of his last three starts, including breaking his maiden here in July. Heirloom Kitten then won a starter Allowance race with a 97 speed figure when wiring the field decisively with jockey Eric Cancel aboard. Cancel will ride today.

Adare (3/1) is a threat if the pace is fast, and he’s working well over the Belmont track after shipping in from the West coast. Forza Di Oro (5/1) is one of two in this race for trainer Bill Mott, and he makes his 2020 debut. The better choice for Mott is Will Sing for Wine (8/1), who is in good form off a third-place finish and had a bullet work best of 77 runners five days ago in preparation for this race.