Adding Long Shots to Pick 3 in Met Mile Before Justify Wins Triple Crown in Belmont
Our Met Mile preview at Belmont Park showed the significance of the race, not only with its all-star field and huge purse of $1.2 million, but the added bonus of the winner receiving an automatic invitation and fees-paid entry to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile through the “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series.
Now it’s time to make some money betting at Belmont in the Pick 3, Pick 4 and Pick 6 for those that want to spend a little extra and shoot for a huge score.
The $700,000 Just A Game Stakes (G2) at 1 mile on the turf is Race 8 and the start of the $1.5 million guaranteed Pick 4 at Belmont. Our super sharp and insightful handicapper at ECHR says that with an all out sprint down the lane, “we’re looking for the most effective runner with the best turn of foot.” That would be #3 Off Limits (7-2), who is 3-for-5 at Belmont, freshened, ideal class wise and working steadily. Also consider adding the versatile #4 LULL (5-1).
The $1.2 Metropolitan Handicap (G1, Met Mile) is Race 9 and the start of a Pick 3. Here’s where we add two long shots to our wagering portfolio both with win wagers and Pick 3 and Pick 4 tickets. Turning back in distance with three strong drills since his win on the Kentucky Derby undercard, #4 McCraken (12-1) should be moving well mid-pack and ready to run strong down the stretch. We also add $5 Good Samaritan (10-1) with top-jock Jose Ortiz familiar here and trainer Bill Mott having his colt working fantastic, relishing the cut back in distance and stringing three races together. The last 3-year-old to win this race was in 1996, so what does trainer Mick Ruiz see in this tough field to put Bolt d’ Oro in this spot?
The $1 million Manhattan Stakes (G2) at 1 1/4 miles on the inner turf is Race 10. We tackle the turf and ride home with the 3-1 second choice #1 Robert Bruce (CHI), who is only 7-for-7 in his career and won his U.S. debut over this same turf track at Belmont May 5. Take a look at huge long shot #7 Fashion Business (30-1) if you want to spend a little more on your Pick 3 and Pick 4 in hopes for a huge score.
Race 11 is the 150 running of the Belmont Stakes, a $1.5 million Grade 1 race going 1 1/2 miles. We’ve written about Justify (4-5) in numerous places as the favorite and one to beat. Nothing’s changed as he’s our pick to win the Belmont and complete the Triple Crown sweep. Add #4 Hofburg and #8 Vino Rosso if you’re not completely sold on the single with Justify in you’re betting portfolio.
Here is wagering examples of Pick 3 starting in Race 9 and Pick 4 starting in Race 8.
Pick 3 – #4, #5/#1/#1 = $2
Pick 3 – #4, #5/#1,#7/#1, #4, #8 = $12
Pick 4 – #3/#4,#5/#1/#1 = $2
Pick 4 – #3, #4/#4, #5/ #1/#1, #4, #8 = $12
Watch all the races on TwinspiresTV or on TV at NBC, NBC with the Belmont Stakes slated to start at 6:46 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Network has full coverage of the races starting earlier, and you can also follow the races online at NBCSports.com or on the NBC Sports App.
Enjoy one of the biggest racing days of the year on Belmont Stakes Day, and may your horses and picks produce profit, hit the board and find the winners circle!