Belmont Park Picks & Late Pick 5 Betting Analysis for October 10

A beautiful Sunday comes to Belmont Park ... check out the selections, plus an analysis of the Late Pick 5!
A beautiful Sunday comes to Belmont Park ... check out the selections, plus an analysis of the Late Pick 5!

A Sunday at Belmont Park arrives ... as NYRA's September-October Meet have their condition book ready for you, the retail horseplayer! This 9-race card is sure to be a challenging one for even the most-seasoned handicappers.

At we have you covered, including the Late Pick 5 that should be a great wagering opportunity, especially with a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" slated for delivery! It is a good time for some of the best that North American racing has to offer. Stay tuned! 

If you're looking for picks elsewhere around the country this Sunday be sure to check out our free Horse Racing Picks via the gold button below.

Horse Racing Picks



LEG 1: (Race 5: Turf, 6F, Futurity S. (G3), $150k, 2)

The start of this LP5 sequence is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race that feeds into the BC Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1), which takes place Friday, November 5th. Out of this 8-horse field, there are a number of directions you can go, but it seems like hitting the “All” is really the way to go. There are just too many directions to head off in. If I am forced to make a decision on “who wins?” … then the choice for me falls to Wesley Ward’s Chi Town Lady #5. The Kentucky-based trainer scratched her out of the Matron S. on Saturday … he knows his stuff, and probably had a good reason. I think the pace set-up this time around is going to be in her favor, and John Velazquez rides for the 3rd time. Looks like more than a chance at best …

Selections: 1-8 (ALL)


LEG 2: (Race 6: Dirt, 1 1/8th, Beldame S. (G2), $250k, F&M 3+)

The 1-turn spin down the sandy backstretch has these older females trying to notch a Grade 2. Going deeper, at 1 1/8th, runners who can brave this map, should be able to outlast them all. My top selection in this spot is Todd Pletcher’s Zaajel #3, who ran impressively in the Mother Goose (G2) at Belmont in June. I know that was a different race at a different time, but she was sharp against another strong 3-yr-old, Clairiere. Moving up in the Test (G1), it was just too close to the sun. Running back here at Belmont with Manny Franco aboard, at a price like this one (10/1), sounds like a “key” horse. One other runner that I want to include on this ticket, is Chad Brown’s Gold Spirit #5. Even though this 4-yr-old filly failed to score in Saratoga’s Shuvee (G3) and a “Non-G,” I am still sticking by her. She was just too good in her native Argentina. Now, the 3rd time should be the charm, as Jose Ortiz gets the call for the 1st time. Her deeper routing ability could make her a dangerous threat, late in this race.  

Selections: 3/5 (2-Deep)


LEG 3: (Race 7: Dirt, 6F, MC50k, 2F NY Breds)

The high-level MC racers of New York will take center stage in this young romp for 2-yr-olds, and when it comes to a favorite of mine, I think the Hogan Barn’s Just Jeremy #9 looks the part. Since most of this field has never seen a racetrack before, this colt by Bustin Stones is loaded with experience. Despite not hitting the board in 5 tries, his fortunes might turn around in here what with the class drop. Last out at Park, he was up in MSW Co. at the 80k level … that is tough. The able-bodied Hector Diaz is involved in this continued switch to the dirt, and that should suit. This probably is not a “Single.” Adding Kelly Breen’s Hoboken Jack #2 at 3/1, is an insurance bet of sorts, especially since Paco Lopez’s ride did not run too poorly last time at Monmouth Park in a MSW48k. That 4th place finish was just a start, and maybe getting that out of the way is a sign of good things to come. Going 2-Deep in this sequence should suit.

Selections: 2/9 (2-Deep)


LEG 4: (Race 8: Turf, 1 1/8th, Knickerbocker S. (G3), $150k, 3+)

The “feature” on the Belmont Sunday card is this one … the Grade 3 Knickerbocker. It would not be a NY race without a refence to the rolled-up pants … knickers. The history lesson moves to selections, and for me, this is the time to exercise a “Single.” That pick falls on Mike Maker’s Field Pass #1. I was convinced that the 4-yr-old colt was headed to Keeneland for the Turf Mile (G1). But his conditioner scratched his charge, and instead, sent him to Belmont to this G2. I like this son of Lemon Drop Kid for several reasons, and first and foremost is his class rating. Extending this one’s ability to this distance might be just what Maker is thinking might do the trick. With the scrappy Dylan Davis in the saddle, his chances are high (and at some juicy odds around 6/1) for success. This one is a “Single” … watch out for that devasting leg kick late. Should be fun …

Selections: 1 (Single)


LEG 5: (Race 9: Turf, 1 Mile, MC50k, 3+)

Ending up in the midst of this run on the challenging Widener Course is an MC event for 3 yr-olds and up. Based on how the other 4 Legs have developed, I think we can afford to go 3-Deep. My top choice is the Jerkens Barn colt by Pioneerof the Nile, My Boy Colton #3. Last out in an MC40k, the colt lost steam before the top of the lane. Now, with Jose Lezcano in the saddle, he has a chance to improve in what will be his 3rd time at Belmont. Let’s use him, but also Jeff Englehart’s Bail Out #8 and Amira Chichakly’s Prayer Book #12. Both of these entries are in this spot for different reasons. The former is trying to score his 1st career win in 24 starts … he has missed 3x in-a-row. The member of Chichakly's outfit is moving down the ladder in hopes of getting some well-needed class relief. These 3 should round out what is a very difficult ticket. Let’s have some fun …

Selections: 3/8/12 (3-Deep)


.50 LP5 TICKET COST: $96.00

Enjoy some action from Elmont, New York! The tradition at beautiful Belmont continues…

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