Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:50 AM
Sunday's Picks from Belmont Park and Lone Star
Both Maxfield in the Stephen Foster (G2) and Letruska in the Fleur De Lis (G2) did not disappoint chalk players on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Maxfield just toyed with the competition in his win, drawing away to win by 3 ¼ lengths and returned $2.80. I tried to beat him with Silver Dust who was not a threat. Maxfield was my second choice and along with my third choice Warrior’s Charge the $2 exacta returned a decent $13.40.
I also tried to be Letruska, but she proved much the best winning by nearly six lengths and paying $3.40.
I had the Debutante from Churchill Downs as yesterday’s featured race here and my top two picks combined for a nice $29.20 exacta.
I whiffed on both stakes at Belmont Park yesterday, with longshot Runaway Rumour winning the Wild Applause returning $29.00.
The Mother Goose (G2) looked like a two horse race between Always Carina and Clairere, but it was Zaajel, the longest shot on the board who got the job done, returning $38.80.
It was closing day at Churchill Downs on Saturday, for today I was scrambling around looking for a second track to play. I am not really a fan of playing Los Alamitos, Pimlico closed their turf course and racing there has been subpar, and I am avoiding the whip free racing at Monmouth Park for the time being.
So why not head out to Lone Star Park? There are four stakes on the card that make up an all-stakes Pick 4. I only liked two of the stakes and managed to come up with four plays. My Best Plays Report for Sunday includes my nine strongest plays from Belmont Park and Lone Star Park.
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Here is the opener from Belmont Park to get the day off to a good start:
BELMONT PARK 1 ANALYSIS (1:00 P.M. ET)
Race 1 Clm $35,000B
- #1 Albie 5-2
- #8 Mr. Vincent 9-2
- #2 Turn of Events 9-5
- #3 Auburn Hills 7-2
Analysis: Albies makes his third start off the bench for the Gargan barn. Last out the gelding chased the early pace on the stretch out, was carried inward inside the final furlong and finished evenly in a fourth-place finish. The runner up Regal Speaker came back to beat state bred Alw-1 foes in his next outing on June 24. He draws the rail and Lezcano sticks and figures to send this guy. There is plenty of early speed signed up to go here and if the pace is quick this gelding has run well sitting off the pace.
Mr. Vincent is making his first start since December for the RRod barn that is 23% winners with runners coming back off a +180-day layoff. The gelding beat $30,000 non-winners of two at Aqueduct two back, then hit the bench after a ninth against $50,000 starter allowance foes. A couple of quick works on the morning tab and this guy catches a good spot for his return with Irad taking the ride.
BELMONT PARK 6 ANALYSIS (3:34 P.M. ET)
Race 6 Md Sp Wt
- #1 Noble Journey 9-2
- #4 Bar Fourteen 8-5
- #8 King Moonracer 7-2
- #3 Neuro 3-1
Analysis: Noble Journey makes his second start off a 5 1/2-month break here for the Jerkens barn. Last out off the layoff the gelding stalked the early pace and came with a mild late run to finish fourth over good ground at six furlongs. The runner up and 11th place finisher came out of the race to graduate in their next starts. This guy was fourth and third on the main track in his first two starts, then fourth two back when stretched out to a route. second time lasix and the extra furlong and having a race under his belt off the bench should suit him. He is out of a Wildcat Heir mare that has dropped one other runner, a dirt winner.
Bar Fourteen pressed the early pace and weakened to finish fifth last out going a mile on turf. His two sprints were both on the main track in his first two starts, both runner up finishes. Two back going 1 1/16 miles he set the early fractions and could not hold off the winner in a solid runner up finish. The winner was Ocala Dream who came back to win a NY Stallion Series race here on June 19.
LONE STAR PARK RACE 5 ANALYSIS (6:53 P.M. ET)
Race 5 The Wasted Tears
- #2 Curlin's Journey 5-2
- #3 Valentines Day 3-1
- #7 Tizahra 9-2
- #4 Elle's Town 4-1
Analysis: Curlin's Journey is back on turf after checking in third last out in the slop here in the off the turf Ouija Board. Two back here going a mile on turf the mare stalked the early pace and came with a good late rally, drawing off to win by 3 1/4 lengths over non-conditioned allowance company. The runner up Our Iris Rose came back to win the Memorial Day Sprint here in her next outing on May 31. She will appreciate the return to turf and looks well spotted here by the Keen barn.
Valentines Day is coming off a solid second in the Miss Houston last out going a mile at Sam Houston. She raced near the back of the pack and came with a good wide run, coming up just a half-length short of getting to the winner at 14-1. She won back to back on turf at Remington Park last fall before trying stakes company in her last three. She ran well last out off a short break and comes back here with an 85-day break.
These are price plays for exotic players looking to find a couple of extra contenders to use in their Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers. Or for those with smaller bankrolls, you might want to get in a small win wager.
- R4: #2 Writer’s Regret 12-1
- R7: #5 Get Set 15-1
- R8: #6 He’s No Lemon 8-1
- R9: #8 Freudian Fate 12-1
Good luck today!