Best Horse Racing Bets – Thursday, October 1, 2020

| October 1, 2020 12:39 am PDT

Pimlico was by far my favorite track today, with three solid underdog picks as well as two value bets on surprise moneymakers.

But Belmont Park and Golden Gate had a few surprises, as well, including an underdog each, and a handful of value show bets between them.

But why brag when I can prove it? Read on for the summary of my horse racing picks, predictions, and tips for Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Good luck!

Today’s Picks and Predictions for Belmont Park

  • Race 3: Tackle 5/2 (win)
  • Race 4: Graded On a Curve 6/5 (win)
  • Race 4: Pipes 12/1 (show)
  • Race 8: Irish Constitution 8/5 (win)

I found an immediate underdog in race 3, but no long-odds value bets. In race 4 and 8 I stuck with the morning line’s favorites, but at least I found a 12/1 value show bet in race four, modest though its ROI may be.

My Picks and Tips for Pimlico Race Course

  • Race 6: Dr. Feelgood 8/1 (win, MTO)
  • Race 6: Tiger Blood 7/2 (win, turf)
  • Race 8: Chalon 6/1 (win)
  • Race 8: Dendrobia 30/1 (show)
  • Race 9: Yaupon 4/5 (win)
  • Race 9: Pitching Ari 30/1 (show)

Pimlico was a veritable cornucopia of underdogs and value show bets. In race 6, I found an 8/1 underdog hiding down in the also-eligibles, so if Dr. Feelgood makes it to the starting gate, bet him to win. Only if that doesn’t happen should you back my other underdog choice, the third-favored Tiger Blood.

Oh, and I found a third-favored underdog in race 8, as well. That, and 30/1 longshots in both race 8 and race 9 for some show ticket action.

My Picks and Tips for Thursday Bets at Golden Gate Fields

  • Race 3: Top of the Game 7/5 (win)
  • Race 3: Conquest Lemonraid 10/1 (show)
  • Race 5: Cold Brew Kelly 9/2 (win)
  • Race 7: Regal Born 2/1 (win)

Golden Gate Fields was a bit anemic in both underdog and show bet prospects today, but I did find a third-favored underdog in race 5 to brighten our day. Also, a 10/1 show bet that won’t make us rich, but might make us happy-ish.

J.W. Paine
J.W. Paine

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