Best Horse Racing Bets for Friday, October 30, 2020

| October 29, 2020 3:26 pm PDT

The three tracks I chose to review for Friday’s races—Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, and Golden Gate Fields–proved to be a sort of underdog central, because six of the nine races I looked at abounded with second-and third-favored surprises.

Not only that, but I found a goodly number of longshots (three that were 20/1 or greater, and one 12/1 entry) that all qualified as good show ticket moneymakers.

Read on for an overview of my tips and predictions for Friday, October 30, 2020.

Good luck!

Friday’s Picks and Predictions for Belmont Park

  • Race 1: Digital Future 8/5 (win)
  • Race 7: Mary’s France 7/2 (win)
  • Race 7: Jasminesque 30/1 (show)
  • Race 9: Foolish Ghost 7/2 (win)
  • Race 9: Al Brown 20/1 (show)

In the three races I chose to review at Belmont Park, the yield was a satisfying couple of second-favored underdog contenders (races 1 and 9), as well as two likely long-odds show bets in race 7 and 9—and those were 20/1 and 30/1 longshots. Incidentally, it’s going to be very rainy in Elmont, New York, so the turf races will probably switch to the main track.

Find out more about my predictions for Friday’s richest races at Belmont Park.

My Friday Predictions for Churchill Downs

  • Race 8: Sir Alfred James 5/1 (win)
  • Race 8: Wild Popit 20/1 (show)
  • Race 9: Royal Mesa 5/1 (win)
  • Race 10: Queen of the Green 4/1 (win)

Churchill Downs was all about the underdogs, while I found only one longshot value bet (race 8). I found third-favored underdogs to back in races 8 and 9, and a second-favored entry in race 10 to round out the wagering at Churchill Downs.

Since it hit landfall in Louisiana Thursday, Hurricane Zeta has been downgraded to Tropical Storm Zeta, but that doesn’t stop it from pushing rain across the southeastern states, including Kentucky, so expect turf races to become main track races, and also expect a very sloppy main track.

Learn more about my picks and predictions for Friday’s richest races at Churchill Downs.

My Friday Picks for Golden Gate Fields

  • Race 2: Sadie Bluegrass 7/5 (win)
  • Race 4: Arma d’Oro 4/1 (win)
  • Race 4: Sooner Than Sooner 12/1 (show)
  • Race 6: Magical Path 2/1 (win)

I only found one probable underdog in the three richest races I reviewed at Golden Gate Fields for Friday—race four’s third-favored Arma d’Oro—the morning line has the colt at 4/1. In races 2 and 6, I stuck with the morning line’s predictions, although I did find a 12/1 bargain show bet in race 4.

Find out why I picked my winners for the three top races Friday at Golden Gate Fields.

J.W. Paine
J.W. Paine

J.W. Paine is one of the most experienced writers at He's written for television and the printed media, and is a published novelist (as Tom Elliott).

Paine loves writing about Las Vegas nearly as much he loves living here. An experienced gambler, he's especially familiar with thoroughbred horseracing, poker, blackjack, and slots.

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