Belmont Park picks: 10/26/16

@Kenny Livengood

I finally have a place where I can share my knowledge to hundreds of people at a time. This will be the place to follow all of my picks throughout the year! I’ve been handicapping horses for several years and now it’s time for everyone to see the races through my point of view. With that said, the Breeders’ Cup is only 10 days away! The Breeders’ Cup is the biggest day in racing with 13 Grade 1 stakes races. Once the final entries come out, I will be very busy with handicapping races and doing my best to put out the best picks I can. On that note let’s get started with the card for Wednesday October 26th.

Belmont Park

Race 2- 2-11-1

A 6 furlong claiming race for non-winners of 2 lifetime aren’t always the easiest to pick and I try to look for some value. My top selection #2 is currently 5-1 on the Morning Line, he is going to need some pace to run into and there just happens to be that to the inside of him with #1 and to the outside with #3. The speed is there for him to run into and I believe today he is going to be a good value play. 2nd choice #11 is coming into this race on a drop in class and is going to be the favorite when the field goes into the gate. His race 2 back in where he beat #2 by 3/4 of a length would make him my top selection, however that race was at 5 1/2 furlongs and he has shown that he isn’t as good at 6 furlongs. #1 is going to have to use his gate speed to get off the rail but then if the pace becomes hot, he can take back and use some tactical speed and therefore he remains as my third selection

Race 8- 9-1-3

Field of 10 set to go 1 1/4 on the turf with some unknowns going the distance. I land on a horse making his 2nd start in the US for trainer Chris Clement. Chris usually is very well getting the European horses to run well when they come to the states. His first start he went off 2nd choice and showed some early speed, however he faded to finish 6th. However he was coming off a layoff and I expect a much better outing this time and he should love the 10 furlongs. At 6-1 on the morning line he is a very nice value play. #1 is a horse I’ve been watching since Travers Day, last time out he did not get a very good ride in my view. Not the best post in the gate again and I believe he could have trouble with traffic and therefore I had to leave him as my 2nd choice. Lastly my third selection is the morning line favorite #3. This 3 year old filly has been improving every race to have the highest Beyer in the field. While this is true she is not meant to 10 furlongs, her dad Artie Schiller was a decent distance runner but the tomlinson figure of 266 says otherwise(I look for 320+). While she is very capable of winning I prefer others.

There it is, my first 2 handicapped races for everyone. Wednesday’s don’t usually contain the best races and therefore I found only 2 races that I really liked. Good luck and until next time remember to always cross the line first!

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