Belmont Park Picks – Friday, October 9, 2020

| October 8, 2020 3:07 pm PDT

Belmont Park features a 10-race schedule of regular maiden, allowance, and claiming matches today.

I cover the day’s richest races at Belmont Park, but remember that you can always find the full slate of races there at one of our top online racebooks.

In the meantime, read on for my Belmont Park picks and betting tips for Friday, October 9, 2020.

Pick for Belmont Park Race 4

This is a maiden special weight race for two-year-old fillies running a distance of seven furlongs for a purse of $63,000.

I’m going with the second-favored (2/1) entry in this maiden race—Caramel Swirl, with Junior Alvarado in the irons. Like most of her competitors, this filly has no starts on record, but her times in recent workouts in the longer distances have been respectable.

Of the two entries at longer morning line odds, I don’t think either will see a payday in this race, and the odds aren’t long enough to make the wager worth it.

  •  Win: Caramel Swirl 2/1

Picks for Belmont Park Race 8

This is an allowance race for three-year-olds running a distance of 1-1/16 miles for a purse of $65,000.

I’m sticking with the 3/1 morning line favorite for this race—Adare, with Joel Rosario aboard. This colt finished in the money for two of his four career starts, winning one. How the switch from the West Coast to the East Coast will affect him remains to be seen.

At 12/1, you might want to consider Dudley Square, piloted by John R. Velazquez. This colt moneyed two of his three career starts, winning one of them. Yes, his one non-paying start—back in February at Tampa Bay Downs–was the result of a stumble at the starting gate that lost him his rider (Daniel Centeno) and earned him a DNF. His misfortune means we get a bargain show bet here.

  •  Win: Adare 3/1
  •  Show: Dudley Square 12/1

Picks for Belmont Park Race 9

This is an allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares three years old and upward running a distance of 1-1/8 miles on turf for a purse of $67,000.

I’m backing the second-favored (2/1) entry in this race—Sorrentina Lemon, with Joel Rosario in the irons. This four-year-old filly moneyed all of her four career starts and won two of them.

At 12/1, Out of Trouble, with Luis Saez aboard, is a good show bet prospect. This six-year-old mare finished in the money 19 of her 34 career starts, winning six of them.

  •  Win: Sorrentina Lemon 2/1
  •  Show: Out of Trouble 12/1

More Racing Tips for Today

Belmont Park had some good moneymaking opportunities today, but we’re not finished—I also found bargain bets and likely underdogs at these two tracks:

J.W. Paine
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