Horse Racing Picks by Stogie for Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020

by Ken Stogie | October 24, 2020 |

Belmont Park Race 7 Hudson Handicap

2 Captain Bombastic- drops from Grade 3 company into this Stakes for NY Breds, where this Colt does his best running, winning the last two State Bred Stakes he has entered, Colt is a perfect 3-3 at Belmont, Luis Saez rides, Top Pick

6 Big Engine – must be considered after that near triple digit number last out in an Optional 62.5k, this Linda Rice runner is 13-16 in the money with 7 wins, a nice resume indeed, Win Contender

4 Dugout – came back strong after a 8 month layoff, ran a first and a second by a nose while sprinting on the Turf at Arlington Park in his first two starts of 2020, makes third start off the layoff for a Trainer who hits at 30% off that scenario, superstar Irad Ortiz Jr rides, Live Longshot

Selections 2-6-4-8

Belmont Park Race 8 Mohawk Stakes

5 Therapist- 5 wins in 9 starts here at Belmont , a disappointing 3 rd last out at the Spa with turf that had some give to it, should catch the firm green today, looks formidable with Irad up, Win Contender

8 Cross Border- gets huge class relief today after running in two back to back Grade 1’s, this one’s regular Jockey Jose Ortiz is back in the irons , looks like a good spot for this son of English Channel, Win Contender

7 Somelikeithotbrown- another dropping from Graded competition, comes off a 107 Turf speed figure, while finishing second on a yielding turf at Pimlico in a Grade 2, only concern is this runner likes to wing it on the front end and today I believe he’ll have some company early, Major Player

Selections 5-8-7-6

Belmont Park Race 9 Iroquois Stakes

9 Timely Tradition- all this Mare does is win , 11 wins in 30 starts, 3 of those wins right here at Belmont, Joel Rosario, who won back to back races on this Mare gets the nod today, Top Pick

1 Newly Minted- is beast when running in these Stakes for NY Breds, having won 5 of the last 8 races entered, should be pounded at the windows, Win Contender

3 Fair Regis- has been taking on open company of late and although not winning has still performed well, finishing no worse than third in last 9 starts, the addition of Irad Ortiz Jr today could put this one in the winners circle, Major Player

Selections 9-1-3-6

Belmont Race 10 Empire Classic Handicap

3 Funny Guy- drops from Grade 1 and Grade 2 company, where this Colt has performed well , much easier task with this drop class today, also I believe this Colt will appreciate the stretch out today , Top Pick

5 Bankit- another dropping from open company, has some great come home times in his last few races, look for Irad to have this one flying home late, Win Contender

1 Our Last Buck-steps up in class today, but is in excellent form and drops 8 lbs off last start, it wouldn’t shock me if this Longshot crosses the wire first today, Live Longshot

Selections 3-5-1-10

Santa Anita Race 8 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes

6 Aqua Seaform Shame- ran a strong second last out to a very fast horse in Bulletproof One, the winner that day was left alone on the lead and this Filly didn’t get the necessary fast contested early pace to set up her late kick, today on paper, should might get that pace she needs, should get a nice stalking trip just off the lead, Top Pick

1 Jo Jo Air- impressive winner at Del Mar. in the Daisycutter Stakes at 5 furlongs on a Firm Turf, didn’t perform well while running on the yielding turf at Pimlico last out, will be tough in here if the turf is firm today, Win Contender

7 Zee Drop- will need a complete pace meltdown, to take this, this one does her best running late, use underneath

Selections 6-1-7-3

Woodbine Race 10 Breeders Stakes

9 Belichick- lightly raced runner by lemon drop kid has improved with each start, will need to move forward in a big way today to upset the huge favorite, I think this Colt just might do that, could be sitting a huge race , Win Contender

8 Mighty Heart- Queens Plate winner by over 7 lengths two back , then followed that up with another stellar performance in the 400k Prince of Wales, this likely favorite will be tough to beat, lone Turf try , this Colt blew the first turn so draw a line through that turf run, definitely has the breeding to handle the weeds, Win Contender

5 Olliemyboy- finished second to the aforementioned a few races back, makes turf debut today, Husbands rides, don’t ignore

Selections 9-8-4-11

Stogie Bets for Today

Belmont Park Race 7
$10WPS #2 Captain Bombastic
$2 Exacta Box 2,4,6 .50cent Tri box 2,4,6,8

Santa Anita Race 8
$10 WPS #6 Aqua Seaform Shame
$0.50 cent Trifecta box 1,3,6,7

Belmont Park
$1 Pick 3 (7-9)
Race 7 – 2,4,6
Race 8 – 5,7,8
Race 9- 1,3,9

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