There are some big tracks hosting cards on Friday, with a total of 11 in North America racing. Belmont, Gulfstream, Keeneland, and Del Mar are all racing on Friday. It’s opening day at Del Mar today, but the spotlight will be on Keeneland in Lexington with the running of the $300,000 Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile.
We have you covered for that race, along with two more selections at Keeneland Race Course. Del Mar will likely be on our crosshairs before long, but going to take a pass for now. Instead we are back at Belmont Park in New York where ten races are on the agenda. A total of $490,000 will be handed out at Belmont Park on Friday.
Before we get to our selections at Belmont, did anyone see what happened at Charles Town last night? Fortunately, I was not on this horse, but take a look at the video below that does about all the talking. Talk about a bad beat. I have seen jockeys fall off their horses in the stretch before, but never seen a horse veer off the track to go back to the track.
If you did happen to have that horse, my sympathies because that’s not very fair. And if you didn’t, you can always look back at the video after a bad beat to see that it could have been worse. After you’re done with the video, head below for our free Belmont Park picks for July 10, 2020. The weather is not supposed to be too pleasant today, so it should make for sloppy running.
— Race Charles Town (@RaceCharlesTown) July 10, 2020
Post Time: 1:15 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Race 1 will get us started at Belmont Park on Friday. Five out of the six runners in Race 1 will be making their debut on Friday. Takecareyallchickn is the only horse that has made their debut, and that race didn’t go too well for 7th. King of Miami and Pitaman are expected to run much stronger races than Takecareyallchikn on Friday.
Pitaman has been putting in solid work over the last month at Fair Hill. The young colt has been preparing for his debut with a series of 4-furlong workouts, the first of which was on June 4. That was just a warmup for Pitaman, with 4 furlongs completed in 51 seconds.
Pitaman followed up with four stronger workouts throughout June and early July. He was clocked in at 49, 49.80, 49.40, and 49 seconds. There isn’t anything wrong with that. Pitaman is expected to have a solid career, but draws an unfavorable opponent in his debut. King of Miami is likely going to pose a problem for Pitaman and the rest of the field.
Big things are expected out of Kentucky bred King of Miami and may find his run as a first-time starter a bit easy. King of Miami had been working out at Keeneland in anticipation of his debut on Friday. He booked some really fast times in the morning at Keeneland and should see his hard work pay off at Belmont Park in Race 1.
King of Miami racked up strong times of 47.80, 49, and 47.60 seconds in recent workouts. In his most recent on July 4, King of Miami was hot with a registered time of 47.60 seconds. Trainer Wesley Ward, one of the more accomplished trainers in horse racing, is also the owner of King of Miami. He seems to be excited about what King of Miami can do in his career.
Wesley is a ten-time Royal Ascot winner and has some major accomplishments on his resume. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is the sire of King of Miami, so there is a lot of hype surrounding this colt. If things pan out correctly, expect to see King of Miami in stakes races soon. He’s expected to be the class of the field in Race 1 at Belmont.
Post Time: 3:59 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 6 is the other race that I like at Belmont Park on Friday. Ten horses are scheduled to run in this event on the dirt for $53,000. With rain expected, it should be a sloppy track on Friday. Jewel of Arabia and Vivazano are on my shortlist in the event. Vivazano is coming off a promising debut on June 12 to finish 3rd. She was competing for a $53,000 purse and was strong enough to show as a first-time runner.
In a couple of workouts since then, Vivazano wasn’t pushed hard and completed 4 furlongs with times of 50.39 and 51.23 seconds. I’d like to see her be quicker than that, but if Vivazano runs like she did on June 12, then it’s within reason to believe that she will be lurking in the stretch. Expect Vivazano to be hanging around, and maybe fast enough to to improve two spots on her debut and win. Jewel of Arabia raced in that event with Vivazano. She did a place better than Vivazno and placed for the second time in her career.
Jewel of Arabia was 2 lengths better than Vivazano to grab 2nd on June 12. She finished a neck behind Eloquent Speaker, so it was a close one. It was the second straight event that Jewel of Arabia placed in. This was after Jewel of Arabia took a break from August to June. She placed 2nd behind Naked Avenger by 1 ¾ lengths on August 21, 2019, and then went on an extended break. In three races, Jewel of Arabia has been in the top-3 in all three events.
She was blazing hot in a recent workout on July 3 with a time of 47.67 seconds. That’s really encouraging for Jewel of Arabia going into Friday. Jewel of Arabia has been close and in the mix in all three of the races she’s participated in so far in her career. I’m confident that this is the one where Jewel of Arabia gets over the hump and finds a win.