Belmont Park Picks – Friday, September 25, 2020

| September 25, 2020 12:17 am PDT

If we count Friday as part of the weekend—and who doesn’t—then Belmont Park opens the weekend races with ten mostly allowance and claiming horse races on both turf and the main track.

I cover three of the richest races at Belmont Park today, but you can find the full list of matches, including entries, jockeys, and wagering options, at any of the best horse racing betting sites that we recommend.

Read on for my picks and predictions at Belmont Park for Friday, September 25, 2020.

Picks for Belmont Park Race 2

This is a claiming race for three-year-old fillies running a distance of one mile on turf for a purse of $56,000.

I’m going with the second-favored (3/1) entry in this race: Leeway, with top jockey Joel Rosario in the irons. This filly moneyed two of her five career starts, winning one. However, if Leeway should be scratched and the 4/1 also-eligible Glass Ceiling enters the race (rider TBA), then my win ticket will be on Glass Ceiling, whose record stands at four money finishes in nine starts, three of those wins.

I don’t think either of the longer-odds entries in this race will be celebrating at the end of this race, so let’s save our long money for later.

  • Win (turf): Leeway 2/1
  • Win (MTO): Glass Ceiling 4/1

Picks for Belmont Park Race 4

This is an allowance optional claiming race for three-year-olds running a distance of seven furlongs for a purse of $70,000.

I’m going with the second-favored (9/5) Build to Suit, with Jose L. Ortiz aboard. This six-year-old ridgling moneyed ten of his 11 career starts, winning six of them.

With so much talent on the ground and in the irons among the morning line’s choices, I don’t see the lone long-odds entry here finishing in the money. I do, however, see a trifecta in this race: Build to Suit, Soldado, and Majestic Dunhill.

  • Win: Build to Suit 5/2
  • Trifecta: Build to Suit, Soldado, Majestic Dunhill (3-5-4)

Picks for Belmont Park Race 9

This is an allowance optional claiming race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of six furlongs on turf for a purse of $67,000.

I’m backing the 2/1 morning line favorite, Readyforprimetime, with Jose Lezcano aboard. This four-year-old colt moneyed six of his eight career starts and won three of them.

Should the race go off-turf and Readyforprimetime is scratched, my backup choice for the win is the also-eligible Mount Travers (also at 2/1), ridden by Jose L. Ortiz. This four-year-old colt finished in the money seven of his 11 starts, winning two.

And, just to keep things interesting, whether Joel Rosario rides Ghoul (turf) or Pete’s Play Call (MTO) in this race, bet him across the board. Morning line has both geldings at 3/1, and they both have records worthy of the wager.

  • Win (turf): Readyforprimetime 2/1
  • Win (MTO): Mount Travers 2/1
  • Across the Board: Ghoul/Pete’s Play Call 3/1 

More Racing Tips for Today

You can see how I assessed the richest races today at the other two Triple Crown tracks.

J.W. Paine
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