The Fourth of July has a solid horse racing card for handicappers. This is a rare stakes day on a Monday. There are stakes events at Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, and the feature on the Fourth of July at Los Alamitos Race Course in California.
We’ll get started at Belmont Park in New York. Belmont has two stakes races, with the running of the $150,000 Grand Couturier Stakes and $100,000 Manila Stakes. Head below for our best Belmont Park picks on July 4, 2022.
Race 3 covers 7 furlongs for a $45,000 purse on the dirt. Look at Inspiration Point and Suppressor as serious players in the third at Belmont.
Inspiration Point hasn’t had a win in nine career starts. He’s finished 2nd, 6th, 2nd in his previous three starts.
The gelding most recently placed 2nd behind Moonshininbright by ¾ lengths in a $45,000 event. That was a pretty strong performance after finishing 6th for $43,000 on April 10.
Suppressor is winless in 11 races, finishing 4th, 2nd, 5th in his latest three showings. He placed 2nd behind Centurion by 1 length for a $46,000 purse on April 8.
That was a solid go, but he didn’t do as well at Oaklawn Park in his next and most recent race on April 23. Suppressor finished 4th for $90,000 in that performance.
All things considered, it was a pretty good attempt in that class. Back down to $45,000, Suppressor will likely handle this field.
Race 5 is a $28,000 event covering 7 furlongs. Love that Face and Trinity Titoli are highly regarded horses in the fifth assignment.
Love that Fact is a one-time winner across ten attempts. The mare won a $35,000 event on March 5 in good form. She defeated Bustin Bay by 3 lengths in a clean performance.
However, Love that Face dropped off in her next three races. In her latest race, the mare finished 8th in a $28,000 event on June 5. Much more is required, but the potential is there.
Trinity Titoli is a one-time winner across seven races, with a winning trip on February 12. The filly beat Bunty Windermere by 3 lengths for $43,000.
The No. 5 hasn’t been back to the winner’s circle since then, but is coming off a solid attempt on June 5. Trinity Titoli placed behind Gris Tomenta by 1 ½ lengths.
Manuel Franco will go to the winner’s circle aboard Trinity Titoli with a similar effort.
Our final look at Belmont Park on the Fourth of July is Race 8. The eighth event is a $90,000 assignment covering a mile on the dirt.
Don’t Overlook Me has finished 4th and 6th in two career starts. The filly opened her career in 6th for a $90,000 purse on May 7.
That was a fine performance as a rookie. She’s open to improvement, so it could have been worse. In any case, there are expectations for a $390,000 filly.
In her next outing, she finished 4th in a $90,000 assignment. Her speed reading was better in that one, so are we going to see even more progress today? If that’s the case, she’ll have a chance.
Precursory entered two races as well, with a 4th place performance on May 7. She was well ahead of Don’t Overlook Me by more than 10 lengths. The filly came back on June 9 to show 3rd.
In the June 9 start, Precursory showed 3rd over a mile for $90,000. She is ticking along nicely and should be tough to beat.