It was a good day at Belmont Park yesterday with 2 for 3 winning horses. That included the Belmont Oaks on Magic Attitude. In Magic Attitude’s first race in North America, she was a Grade 1 winner in the Belmont Oaks. She edged clear at the top of the stretch by a half length and then drove forward for a 2 ¼ length victory. It wasn’t the toughest field for Magic Attitude and she took advantage. We also found a winner on Spirit Animal to open the day in Race 3, so no complaints for us in New York on Saturday.
Belmont Park has another racecard on Sunday afternoon. There are ten races on the schedule with a total of $543,000 up for grabs. No stakes racing at Belmont Park today, but still a big chunk of cash available. This week will tell us a lot about the future of the Preakness Stakes’ field.
Tiz the Law will work out and then Barclay Tagg will go from there. We might know by the end of the week whether Tiz the Law will participate or not. A rematch between Tiz the Law and Authentic would be the best-case scenario. For Sunday, let’s aim for another winning day at Belmont Park. Head below for our free Belmont Park picks for September 20, 2020.
Post Time: 1:33 p.m. EST
We’ll get started at Belmont Park with a $55,000 6-furlong event on the dirt in Race 2. Inside Info and Harris Bay should make some noise in the stretch here. Inside Info was on a nice run in June with back-to-back wins.
His most recent win was on June 25 at Belmont Park over Mine the Coin by a length. After transferring to Saratoga following back-to-back wins, Inside Info has gone 4th, 3rd, 6th. In his most recent performance, Inside Info finished 6th in a $64,000 race.
Inside Info is sliding down in class to the $55,000 level on Sunday. This is a $165,000 horse from auction in April of 2019. He’s more than capable of getting to the winner’s circle in Race 2. In his most recent workout, Inside Info completed 4 furlongs in 49.78 seconds.
Back on a track he’s felt most comfortable in his career, expect Inside Info to hang around in the stretch with a chance to strike late. Harris Bay is likely going to be close as well. He has been a consistent operator and has finished in the top-3 in 5 of 6 career races. Harris Bay’s best performance was in the Rego Park Stakes (Black Type).
Harris Bay placed 2nd in that $100,000 event, losing by 2 ½ lengths behind Scilly Clay. He was an underdog in that race, but didn’t run like it. In his latest performance, Harris Bay placed 2nd in a $64,000 allowance race. He did manage to beat eight horses, though, including Inside Info by 1 ¾ lengths. I’m going with Harris Bay to eke out a win here.
Post Time: 2:35 p.m. EST
Race 4 will go a mile on the main track for a $51,000 purse. A familiar face, Manny Franco, will be aboard Super Dude in Race 4. Malibu Pro and Super Dude should be involved in the stretch in this one.
Franco will probably have to fight hard to get Super Dude up front to overcome Malibu Pro, who will be pressing hard. Malibu Pro has been in good form and consistent with finishes of 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 3rd in his previous four outings.
Malibu Pro won a $43,000 event by 1 ½ lengths over Family Biz on August 14 at Saratoga. He followed up for 3rd on September 6 in his most recent performance at the $62,000 level. Overall in his career, Malibu Pro is 8 for 43 in his career, which started back in 2015.
He has one stakes win in his career, with a win in the John Built Stakes in 2017. Otherwise, Malibu Pro has struggled at that level. Super Dude has a nice win percentage with 7 wins in 23 outings, so he will provide Malibu Pro with a challenge.
Super Dude was purchased for $200,000 in 2016 and probably hasn’t lived up to those expectations, but has been solid in this class. He’s coming off a win on August 22 in a $40,000 event as the betting favorite. This was after Super Dude finished 3rd in a $57,000 race and 5th for a $67,000 purse. He holds a good chance of winning on Sunday afternoon.
Post Time: 4:42 p.m. EST
We’ll finish the day at Belmont Park on the grass with 6 furlongs for a $65,000 purse. French Reef and Wild Medaliad’oro should give a good honest run for the top prize in this race. Wild Medaliad’oro has finished in the top-3 in 6 of his previous 7 outings. His most recent win was in May over Roman Empire by 2 ¼ lengths for a $41,000 purse. Since then, Wild Medaligad’oro has finished 3rd, 4th, 3rd.
In his most recent effort, Wild Medaligad’oro showed 3rd on August 28 for a $74,000 purse. He’s at more of a winnable level on Sunday and should compete for a win. Wild Medaligad’oro completed a 4-furlong workout with a time of 50.50 seconds.
If it weren’t for French Reef participating in Race 8, I’d argue that Wild Medaliagad’oro will be the leading contender, However, the $494,004 Irish horse is coming off a strong performance to win by 4 ¾ lengths in a $72,000 event.
French Reef was slow in his debut in November, but went on a layoff and responded with that win on July 23. He’s been running well in workouts recently, with times of 48.29, 49.72, and 49.85 seconds at 4 furlongs. After getting his shaky debut out of the way last year, French Reef appears to be running like a $494,004 horse should. I’d say that French Freef can get it done here.