Belmont Derby Pick-4

Let’s look at the Pick-4 that ends in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby.

Previously – looking at the Derby and Oaks.

Race 7 – Belmont Sprint Championship – #2 Mind Your Biscuits (9-5) squares off with #7 Unified (5-2) in this seven-furlong race. Of the two, we prefer Mind Your Biscuits, who won the Dubai Golden Shaheen in his last start. Unified couldn’t get to Green Gratto last time in the Carter and hasn’t changed leads in his starts this year. We’ll back up with #1 Stallwalkin Dude (5-1) who always fires his best shot, though he was aided by an outside track last time when second to Roy H in the True North.

A – 2
B – none
C – 1, 7

Race 8 – Belmont Oaks – As noted in the preview, #12 Sistercharlie looms a very likely winner if she runs back to her race in the French Oaks 20 days ago. Still, there are two that we want to use as back-ups – #1 Coasted (15-1) and #2 Beau Recall (15-10. We also mentioned #10 Fifty Five, but she has been scratched and will run on Opening Day at Saratoga. We’ll use a little of #8 New Money Honey as a deep backup.

A – 12
B – 1, 2
C – 8

Race 9 – Suburban – It seems unnecessary to try to spend a lot of money beating #6 Shaman Ghost (4-5), who will, and should, be an overwhelming favorite in here. If he gets beat, it’s probably wire to wire from #2 Matt King Coal (7-2), who has to prove he can get a mile and a quarter and will be facing much tougher foes here.

A – 6
B – none
C – 2

Race 10 – Belmont Derby – We have single-A horses in each of the first three legs of this sequence, but here we will spread. #1 Good Samaritan (12-1) and #2 Ticonderoga (15-1) are our top picks and we will toss #4 Oscar Performance (3-1). We’ll also use #6 Arklow (8-1) as an A. #9 Big Score (20-1) and #7 Yoshida (7-2) are Bs.

A – 1, 2, 6
B – 7, 9
C – none

The whole play is $49.

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