Belmont Park Picks – Thursday, October 22, 2020

| October 21, 2020 2:16 pm PDT

Belmont Park kicks off its racing week today with nine starter, allowance, maiden, and claiming races. I find some attractive long-odds gambits among the three richest races, as well as an underdog in race 6.

While I cover the three richest races at Belmont today, remember that you can always find the full slate of races, entries, jockeys, and wagering options at one of our recommended online racebooks.

Read on for my Belmont Park picks and betting tips for Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Pick for Belmont Park Race 3

This is an allowance optional claiming race for New York-foaled fillies and mares three years old and upward running a distance of seven furlongs on turf for a purse of $74,000.

I agree with the morning line and my money is on the 8/5 favorite, Risky Mischief, with Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the irons. This three-year-old filly finished in the money three of her five career starts, winning two.

The longest morning line odds in this race are 12/1, and a value show bet is not worth the risk.

  • Win: Risky Mischief 8/5

Picks for Belmont Park Race 6

This is a maiden special weight race for fillies and mares three years old and upward running a distance of 1-1/16 miles on turf for a purse of $80,000.

Plenty of talent in the irons for this maiden race, and I’m going with the third-favored (7/2) entry, Sengekontacket, with Javier Castellano aboard. This three-year-old filly moneyed five of her seven career starts.

At 10/1, Look Me Over, ridden by Dylan Davis, is right on the edge of a bargain show ticket prospect. This three-year-old filly moneyed two of her six career starts. She’s either on or off, unfortunately, so I’d prefer her M/L odds be longer, but you can’t always get what you want.

  • Win: Sengekontacket 7/2
  • Show: Look Me Over 10/1

Picks for Belmont Park Race 8

This is an allowance optional claiming race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of 1-1/16 miles on turf for a purse of $84,000.

I’m sticking with the 4/5 morning line favorite, Ballagh Rocks, with Junior Alvarado in the irons. This seven-year-old finished in the money for 17 of his 24 career starts, winning seven of them.

Ignore the siren song of that 50/1 entry, and turn your attention instead to the 20/1 longshot, King’s Honor, with Javier Castellano aboard. This three-year-old gelding actually has a chance of finishing in the money. For the record, King’s Honor moneyed three of his seven career starts—all wins, and his 2020 record is two wins in three starts. Show bet only.

  • Win: Ballagh Rocks 4/5
  • Show: King’s Honor 20/1

More Racing Predictions for Thursday

I found plenty of wagering opportunities at the other two tracks I reviewed for today’s races:

J.W. Paine
J.W. Paine

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