Belmont Park Horse Racing Picks for Sunday 10/11/20
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.)
Ms Boombastic, Race 3
FanDuel Racing Odds: 2/1
Race 3 is a high-priced Claiming race for fillies and mares going a 1 1/8 mile on the Inner Turf. Ms. Boombastic (2/1) is the legit favorite and one to beat with both numberFire and Guaranteed Tip Sheet projecting her to win. She drops for a tag for the first time after finishing less than two lengths back in eighth place here two weeks ago while posting a solid 91 speed figure for trainer Bill Mott.
Wicked Happy (9/2) has ben unable to break through in seven starts but finished second here in July with an 83 speed figure when making a strong closing run from off the pace. She can save ground from the rail all the way through.
County Final and Gypsy King, Race 7
FanDuel Racing Odds: 6/1 and 12/1
Race 7 is the Grade 3 Futurity Stakes for 2-year-olds sprinting 6 furlongs on the Turf. The winner gains automatic entry to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.
Of the three competitive favorites -- After Five (3/1), Momos (7/2) and Trade Deal (4/1) -- Daily Horse Picks likes Momos to win for trainer Christophe Clement with jockey Manny Franco aboard. However, numberFire’s algorithm projects Momos to finish second behind County Final (6/1) and jockey Jose Ortiz. Guaranteed Tip Sheet likes Momos and notes he makes his first start on grass after breaking his maiden in July and then posted the best last race speed figure (86) in this field when finishing a distant third in the Grade 3 Saratoga Special in early August.
County Final is sired by 2013 Preakness winner Oxbow. He’s won 2-of-4 starts and finished a distant second to the favorite in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor in June. County Final should be one of the pacesetters with Trade Deal, who is one of three runners -- along with closer After Five -- for trainer Wesley Ward. Trade Deal held off After Five by a nose in a strong stretch duel a month ago at Kentucky Downs.
Gypsy King (12/1) is Ward's other runner and an overlay who will likely press the pace and can improve after finishing fading to fifth in a minor stakes last month at Kentucky Downs.
Magisterium, Race 9
FanDuel Racing Odds: 5/2
Race 9 is the Grade 3 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old fillies sprinting 6 furlongs on the Inner Turf. Both numberFire and Daily Horse Picks project Niente (6/1) to win, and neither has race favorite Royal Approval (9/5) to finish in-the-money.
Niente has three straight bullet works since winning a very short sprint on debut in late July at Parx. Guaranteed Tip Sheet likes the favorite and notes Royal Approval broke her maiden last race winning by more than six lengths. She’s the only filly in the race who has won a turf race in the U.S.
Magisterium (5/2) makes her U.S. debut having won 2-of-4 races in the UK along with two close runner-up finishes. Trainer Christophe Clement picked a nice spot for his foreign shipper.