It was a close call on Wednesday at Gulfstream Park in the Pick 5 and Pick 6 for us. With the first four horses correctly selected from Race 5-8, the next two were needed for a monster day. Unfortunately, Ete Indien was a no-show and Geonosis came a place away from winning Race 10. That was a close one, but if you played all six horses straight up to win then you had a nice day regardless.
It’s frustrating coming close and getting denied a monster payday, though it’s part of the deal when you’re betting multi-bet tickets. I think just about everyone that has been sports betting long enough has had close calls on a parlay or multi-bet. I’m just glad that Ete Indien didn’t win to only set up for heartbreak in the final race. We’re at Belmont Park on Thursday, as they are hosting ten races on the dirt and turf. Head below for our free Belmont Park Pick 4 and Pick 5 selections for June 11, 2020.
Pick 5: Race 1-5
Pick 4: Race 2-5
Post Time: 1:15 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
The day will get started at Belmont Park with 6 furlongs for a $39,000 purse on Thursday afternoon in New York. Brees Bayou is not Wells Bayou, but the gelding is on my shortlist and could have a good go at the top prize in Race 1. Brees Bayou goes into Thursday off a lengthy layoff.
He raced twice in February of 2019 and hasn’t been heard of since on the racecourse. In those two outings, Brees Bayou finished 4th and 6th at Aqueduct for a couple of duds. However, Brees Bayou returns to the track gelded and is coming off a serviceable workout on May 23. He completed 4 furlongs at 49.50 seconds for an adequate trip on the dirt in the morning.
Warfront Fighter had had similar results as Brees Bayou in two starts. He finished 5th on January 18 and 7th on February 8. Unlike Brees Bayou, Warfront Fighter isn’t coming off much of a layoff, and I’d say that he hasn’t been as impressive in the morning either. Warfront Fighter ran 4 furlongs at 50.97 seconds and 3 furlongs at 37.79 seconds recently. Going by the morning-price, I’d take the better value at +500 on Brees Bayou over Warfront Fighter.
The most likely horse going to the winner’s circle in Race 1 has to be Eagles Palace. Eagles Palace heads into Thursday with a class drop after going winless in the first four races of his career. He has finished 5th, 6th, 4th, 4th at Saratoga and Gulfstream Park. Now he is signed up for a race that should be winnable for Eagles Palace. He heads into this one with some promise in the morning, with 4 furlongs completed with a time of 49.16 and 49.48 seconds, and 3 furlongs for a quick time of 36.11 seconds on June 7. The winner’s circle is within reach.
Post Time: 1:50 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 2 features 6 ½ furlongs for a $46,000 purse. There are four horses in this race that have a decent enough chance of winning the race, with Blacktop Legend, Stage Left, Who’s in Charge, and Vintage Hollywood are going to have a good run. Vintage Hollywood has a win in 2 of 17 races, with two strong runs going into today.
He placed in back-to-back events on January 24 and March 6. Vintage Hollywood was beaten by a nose against Horoscope in January, and then 3 ½ lengths behind Family Biz. In 4 of his previous 5 races, Vintage Hollywood has been in the top-3.
Stage Left enters Thursday in good form after placing on January 25 at Aqueduct. He finished 2nd by a nose behind Mad Munnys. Just missed and could have very easily won if the bob of his nose went in his favorite. Prior to that race, State Left finished 1st, 2nd, 6th with the win on August 14, 2019 by 1 ¾ lengths over Violent Delights.
He was a decent underdog in that race and upset the field with a strong run. Overall, Stage Left is a winner in 2 of 10 races, with the other win as a rookie on August 25, 2018. He has one stakes appearance in the Sapling Stakes on September 1, 2018, finishing 3rd to show.
We had one horse in this race looking for a hat-trick in his most recent trip, but Blacktop Legend fell short on February 29 for 6th. This was after winning on November 27, 2019 and December 12, 2019. He was in the top-3 in 5 of 6 races and wanted to try a more difficult assignment. That didn’t go well, and his workouts haven’t been too impressive. He completed 4 furlongs at 50.86 seconds and 3 furlongs at 38.07 seconds.
I’m split between Stage Left and Who’s in Charge in this one. Who’s in Charge has won 2 of 3 races in his career, including a win on January 20 in his most recent outing. He notched the win by 3 ½ lengths over Deputy Flag. In his other win, Who’s in Charge won by a half length last February as a first-time starter. With a purchase price of $150,000, he should have the edge over the $15,000 Stage Left in Race 2 at Belmont on Thursday.
Post Time: 2:34 p.m. EST
We stay on the dirt for Race 3 at Belmont Park. This event will be worth $34,000, with nine horses signed up to race in this one. This is likely a race between Luxury Suite and Future Book. Luxury Suite gets coupled with Ventus on Thursday afternoon. I’m not so confident in Ventus as I am in Luxury Suite. This isn’t a slam dunk combo, but Luxury Suite is going to compete. He is a winner in 1 of 4 races, but has been inconsistent. Luxury Suite has finished 3rd, 10th, 1st, 6th in his career.
In his win on February 7, Luxury Suite won by 1 ½ lengths over Lanse Mitan. Leading up to that race, Luxury Suite was outclassed on January 11 for 10th, and then didn’t look strong in his most recent outing on March 14. He finished 6th in that race as a fairly decent underdog against a tough field. His recent workout at 3 furlongs wasn’t overly impressive, with a time of 40.88 seconds on June 1. Luxury Suite gets the benefit of running with Ventus, but I don’t see that horse coming into play in Race 3.
Future Book ran well in his most recent race on March 15 at Aqueduct. He was 3rd to show against tough competition in that performance. Future Book won by 2 ½ lengths over Kilmarknock as an underdog. He had the third biggest odds out of a seven-horse field. Future Book was purchased for $150,000 last March and is expected to win races in this class. This is not a difficult assignment, and there are plenty of inconsistent participants in Race 3. If Future Book runs up to expectations on Thursday a win should be on the table.
Post Time: 2:55 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 4 has a nice $64,000 purse on offer for eight participants running 1 1/16 miles. There are three horses on the outside that should present issues for the rest in the event. Creed, Cousin ANdrew, and Ajhar should be in the mix, with Ownitifyouwantit a bettable play at +500 on the morning-line. I like Ajhar by a smudge over Creed.
Ajhar showed nice promise after showing in his most recent race on May 2. He finished 5th in back-to-back races on February 1 and February 29, and then ran well to get into the top-3 in May. His form was greatly improved in that race. I could see him as a good candidate to place and possibly win.
Creed was strong as a first-time starter on April 22 to place as a rookie runner. He lost by ¾ lengths against Sense of Justice as one of the favorites. Creed was not projected to win, so it was a solid run for him and just about where the odds suggested he’d finish. That was a slightly easier race than this, though, and his morning workouts haven’t been too promising. Creed completed 4 furlongs at 50.60, 50.33, 49.49, and 50.88 seconds.
Cousin Andrew placed in back-to-back races on January 30 and March 7. It looks like he could be ready to do one better on Thursday at Belmont Park on Thursday. All five workouts since April have clocked in under 50 seconds at 4 furlongs. And at 5 furlongs, Cousin Andrew was fairly strong with times of 1:00.77 and 1:01.27. In his two 2nd-place finishes, Cousin Andrew lost by 1 ¾ lengths and a neck. There should be strong consideration for Cousin Andrew in Race 4.
Post Time: 3:27 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 5 is the end of the line for our Pick 4 and Pick 5 tickets on Thursday at Belmont Park. Another nice purse, which is typically the case at Belmont, will be up for grabs. A total purse of $66,000 will be on offer in Race 5. Kansas Kis and Spice Is Nice are on my shortlist, with Kansas Kis a decent upset candidate.
She is coming off a stakes race appearance in the Fantasy Stakes (Gr. 3) at Oaklawn Park on May 1. That didn’t go well as Kansas Kis finished 12th. That ended a five-race streak with finishes in the top-3, and four straight in the top-2. Kansas Kis found the first and only win of her career on January 23 by 1 ¼ lengths over French Cafe.
Spice Is Nice has participated in three events, with two of them stakes races in February and March. She won as a first-time starter on January 12 at Gulfstream Park. That was an absolute blowout over Jeweled Princess by 12 lengths. It was an incredible start to her career, and immediately tried chasing higher purses.
Spice Is Nice finished 2nd in the Davona Dale Stakes (Gr. 2) by 1 ½ lengths, and then 5th in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (Gr. 2) on March 28. Those were a couple of tough assignments, but Spice Is Nice handled them well. No another horse in this race has seen competition like Spice Is Nice has. I’m on the No. 5 horse to win Race 5.