Top Horse Racing Picks for Saturday, June 25, 2022

| June 24, 2022 1:24 pm PDT

We’ve got a generous smattering of stakes races among the nine matches I’ve selected for my horse racing picks for Saturday.

That includes graded stakes races at both Belmont Park and Churchill Downs, while Monmouth Park features the $100,000 ungraded Goldwood Stakes for our wagering pleasure.

Remember to check out the full race cards for all three tracks at one of our top horse racing betting sites.

Good luck!

Saturday’s Picks for Belmont Park

Let’s start with race two, a 1-1/8 miles allowance run on the turf course for New York-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m going to agree with the morning line here and bet on the 9/5 favorite, Rheaume, ridden by top jockey Trevor McCarthy.

This four-year-old bay filly finished in the money both of her career starts, winning her initial maiden attempt here at Belmont in April, then finishing second in a seven-horse allowance run in May.

Thirty-five-year horse racing veteran Michael W. Dickinson trains Rheaume for owner-breeder Gallagher’s Stud.

Race three — Wild Applause Stakes

This is a $100,000 purse, one-mile grass run for three-year-old fillies. My money’s on the second-favored (at 2/1) Breeze Easy, with Joel Rosario in the irons.

This bay import from the UK finished four of her nine career starts in the money, winning one. Before coming to the US, she finished third in the Coral Beaten-By-A-Length Free Bet Rockingham Stakes (Listed) at in York last October, and second in the Galloping To Give 10 Years With A Transplant Radley Stakes (Listed) at Newbury later that same month.

Her single American run was here at Belmont in May, where she  finished second in the Soaring Softly Stakes (Grade III). Even in this tightly matched short field of five, she’s a standout.

Christophe Clement trains Breeze Easy for owners R A Hill Stable and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing.

Race eight — Mother Goose Stakes (Grade II)

This is a $250,000 purse, 1-1/16 miles run on the main track for three-year-old fillies. I’m backing the 1/1 favorite, Juju’s Map, piloted by Florent Geroux.

In her five career starts, this dark bay filly has never finished less than second, and she won three. Those wins include the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (Grade I) at Keenland in October. She notably finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) at Del Mar in November.

Longtime Breeders’ Cup veteran Brad H. Cox trains Juju’s Map for Albaugh Family Stables LLC.

My Saturday Horse Racing Picks for Churchill Downs

We’re on the dirt track for race five, a 1-1/16 miles allowance optional claiming race for three-year-olds and upward. While there’s plenty of competition in this seven-horse field, I’m going to stick with the 8/5 morning-line favorite, Fulsome, with Ricardo Santana, Jr. aboard.

This four-year-old bay colt finished ion the money eight of his 12 career starts, winning six.

Those wins include the Oaklawn Stakes (Listed) at Oaklawn Park in May of 2021, the Matt Winn Stakes (Grade III) at here at Churchill Downs later that same month, the Smarty Jones Stakes (Grade III) at Parx Racing in August 2021, and most recently, the Oaklawn Mile Stakes (Grade III) in May.

Brad H. Cox trains Fulsome for Juddmonte.

Race nine — Chicago Stakes (Grade III)

This is a $200,000 purse, seven -furlong dirt track run for fillies and mares four years old and upward. I’m going to bet my two dollars on the second-favored (at 5/2) Lady Rocket, ridden by veteran jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr.

This dark bay mare moneyed 11 of her 13 career starts, winning six—giving her a statistical edge over the morning-line favorite.

Lady Rocket’s recent wins include the Misty Bennett Pink Ribbon Stakes (Black Type) at Charles Town Races last August, the Pumpkin Pie Stakes (Listed) at Belmont in October, and the Go for Wand Handicap (Gr III) at Aqueduct in December.       

Brad H. Cox trains Lady Rocket for owners Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc. and Ten Strike Racing.

Race ten is a 6-1/2 furlong allowance race on the dirt track for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on one of the 8/1 underdogs (there are three at those odds in this race): Olliemeister, piloted by veteran jockey Mitchell Murrill.

Like the 2/1 favorite, this bay gelding won his single career start—his initial maiden attempt in April at Gulfstream Park.

Thirty-year horse racing veteran Albert M. Stall, Jr. trains Olliemeister for owner-breeder JMJ Racing Stables LLC.

Saturday Horse Racing Picks for Monmouth Park

We start on the dirt track with race four, a one-mile and 70 yards allowance optional claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. I like the second-favored underdog Bourbon Frontier, with Hector Rafael Diaz, Jr. in the irons.

This four-year-old grey roan gelding finished in the money for nine of his 15 career starts, winning five. His stats are superior to any of his competition in this six-horse field, including those of the favorite.

Bourbon Frontier’s got this.

A former assistant to Wayne Potts, Bonnie Lucas trains Bourbon Frontier for owner Jasen Bunsraj.

Race ten is a six-furlong allowance optional claiming race on the dirt track for three-year-olds and upward. I don’t think even the expertise of Paco Lopez is enough to get the favorite, Hero Tiger, across the finish line ahead of the rest of this eight-horse field.

That’s why I’m betting on the 7/2 underdog, Times Union, with Isaac Castillo at the helm.

This four-year-old bay colt moneyed both of his career starts, winning his initial maiden attempt in April at Oaklawn, and missing first by half a length in an allowance race her at Monmouth earlier this month.

Jerry Hollendorfer trains Times Union for owners Hollendorfer, LLC, Dennis January, and George Todaro.

Race eleven — Goldwood Stakes

This is a $100,000 purse, 5-1/2 furlongs run on the turf course for fillies and mares three-years old and upward. As much as I’d like to back the 9/2 underdog, Robin Sparkles, I’m betting my two dollars on the 7/2 morning-line favorite, Bay Storm, ridden by Isaac Castillo.

Unlike Robin Sparkles (who actually has the best stats in this 14-horse field), Bay Storm has actually won a stakes race on the turf course. For the record, this four-year-old dark bay filly finished in the money six of her seven career starts, winning two.

Her turf stakes win was in the Christiecat Stakes (Listed) at Belmont last September.

Jonathan Thomas trains Bay Storm for Bridlewood Farm.

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