How to bet the Belmont Derby Day Pick 4

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Racing fans will turn their attention to New York on Saturday, when Belmont Park hosts an action-packed card featuring five graded stakes. One of the most intriguing wagers of the day is the Pick 4 that kicks off in the seventh race. The all-stakes sequence is filled with competitive races and finding the right combination of winners could trigger a generous payoff. Let’s go through the Pick 4 [...]

How to bet the 2019 Belmont Derby

Digital Age winning the American Turf Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography How should we go about narrowing down the main contenders in Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park? Fifteen horses (one an also-eligible) have been entered in the 1 1/4-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, and you can make a case for pretty much any of them. Determining which horses warrant inclusion in deep exotic wagers like the trifecta or superfecta [...]

Can Japan challenge in the Belmont Derby and Belmont Oaks?

Master Fencer galloping at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The New York Racing Association announced Wednesday the Japan-based 3-year-olds Master Fencer and Jodie will compete in the $1 million Belmont Derby (G1) and the $750,000 Belmont Oaks (G1), respectively. The Derby and the Oaks, a pair of 1 1/4-mile turf tests scheduled for July 6 at Belmont Park, have quickly risen in prominence since their creation in 2014. The races have attracted high-quality challengers from Europe, but Master [...]

Chad Brown brings two for Pennine Ridge Stakes

Demarchelier winning an allowance race - Keeneland Photo The $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park is a young race, with its inaugural run in 2014, but already has found a productive place on the racing calendar. The 1 1/8-mile event, scheduled for June 1 this year, was created to serve as an annual springboard to the $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) in July at Belmont Park and has lived up to expectations. The last two [...]

Will Hawkish Fly to Victory in the Belmont Derby?

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Chad Brown and Aidan O’Brien. Few, if any, will dispute that these two men are among the leading trainers in the world, particularly when it comes to turf horses. Both will be represented by well-regarded runners in Saturday’s $1.2 million Belmont Derby (gr. I) going ten furlongs at Belmont Park, but is it possible they could be overshadowed on this day by a talented horse from a smaller [...]

Breeders’ Cup Bearings at Belmont: Handicapping the BC Challenge Races

El Deal wins the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (Coglianese Photos) Belmont Graded Stakes Preview for September 30, 2017 by Alastair Bull Belmont Park’s fall meeting gets serious this weekend with four graded stakes races, all of which could have a bearing on the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar in early November. Two of the races are official Breeders’ Cup Challenge contests, meaning the winner automatically earns a berth in the relevant Breeders’ Cup race. The first is the [...]