Belmont at the Big A Kicks Off Thursday Amid Track Renovations

Chris Adams

The beginning of the Belmont Park fall meet will look very different this year. The races will be run at Aqueduct in what is being called Belmont at the Big A. The change of venue is the result of renovations being made to Belmont which include installing tunnels under the track for infield access.

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Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 1

Post: 1:00 PM ET; $75k William Entenmann Novice S. going 2 3/8 miles on hurdle; Entries: 7

  • #1 THE MEAN QUEEN (1-2) looks to be the class of the field.
  • #5 BANDUA (12-1) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #2 PROVEN INNOCENT (10-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #4 GOING COUNTRY (6-1) feels like a fringe contender in this spot. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Brion and Mullins.

Selections: 1 – 5 – 2 – 4

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 2

Post: 1:32 PM ET; $150k Lonesome Glory H. going 2 1/2 miles on hurdle; Entries: 8

  • #1 SNAP DECISION (2-5) is the top pick. He has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #5 ASK PADDINGTON (8-1) debuts here and goes out for the Brion barn.
  • #3 BELFAST BANTER (20-1) is in with a shot here at a generous price.
  • #7 REDICEAN (15-1) looks like the kind that has a chance to outrun the odds in this spot.

Selections: 1 – 5 – 3 – 7

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 3

Post: 2:00 PM ET; $72k Maiden Special Weight going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #7 OH DONNA (2-1) should improve off the first start and looks best here. She has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #1 CRYPTO MAMA (5-2) should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #5 RISK FREE (7-2) ran productively on debut and has bloodlines to suggest this one can take a step forward.
  • #2 EXTESSA (20-1) is a price horse and could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.

Selections: 7 – 1 – 5 – 2

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 4

Post: 2:31 PM ET; $90k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 12

  • #1 GRAPE NUTS WARRIOR (3-1) gets the top selection. He seems to fit well enough here. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #8 GHOST GIANT (5-1) should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #4 BARRAGE (5-1) will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #3 RUSE (4-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.

Selections: 1 – 8 – 4 – 3

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 5

Post: 3:03 PM ET; $95k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #6 JESTER'S SONG (8-5) is the top pick. He will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #5 LUPO'S LEGACY (4-1) should improve off the first start and has to be respected going out for the combination of Englehart and Prat.
  • #4 ACTUALIZE (3-1) is well bred for this spot. This one makes sense on speed figures.
  • #1 SUL PHAROAH (6-1) shouldn't have trouble with the 6 furlong distance.

Selections: 6 – 5 – 4 – 1

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 6

Post: 3:35 PM ET; $77k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 16

  • #7 SMOKIE EYES (3-1) should improve off the first start and looks best here. The debut speed figure makes him an instant competitor here.
  • #4 SWEETEST PRINCESS (8-1) had a solid debut performance and should be ready to take a step forward here.
  • #8 ORANGE FREEZE (7-2) goes out second time after a really solid first effort. It won’t take much of a step forward to compete.
  • #3 COLLABORATION (4-1) comes into the race after building a foundation in the career debut. A step forward seems likely for this one.

Selections: 7 – 4 – 8 – 3

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 7

Post: 4:07 PM ET; $105k Allowance going 6 furlongs on turf; Entries: 15

  • #1 TUSCAN QUEEN (4-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #8 MISS TAPIRADO (9-2) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #3 MRS. GREEN (5-2) shouldn't have trouble with the 6 furlong distance.
  • #10 GET THE CANDY (8-1) should be part of the early pace in this spot. This one is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.

Selections: 1 – 8 – 3 – 10

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 8

Post: 4:41 PM ET; $45k Claiming going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #8 MONEY SUPPLY (1-1) is the top pick. He should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #6 HOMETOWN (3-1) should be competitive in this spot. He has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #3 MAJOR SPIN (4-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one goes out for the Rice barn and gets Ortiz in the irons.
  • #7 ZUZUDINI (15-1) is an interesting horse that has a chance to outrun the odds.

Selections: 8 – 6 – 3 – 7

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 9

Post: 5:13 PM ET; $85k Allowance going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #5 TRUANCY (8-5) looks best here. She has races good enough to beat this group. This one has to be respected going out for the combination of Tagg and Davis.
  • #1 SWEET MYSTERY (4-1) appears to be a major player in this race. She makes sense on speed figures.
  • #2 MIA BEA STAR (8-1) should be competitive in this spot. She looks to be the class of the field.
  • #7 CAPTAINSDAUGHTER (10-1) is a price horse and has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.

Selections: 5 – 1 – 2 – 7

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 10

Post: 5:45 PM ET; $47k Maiden Claiming going 6 furlongs on turf; Entries: 15

  • #12 TRULY MISCHIEF (3-1) gets the top selection. He has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #14 UPPER LEVEL (8-5) appears to be a major player in this race. He is well bred for this spot. This one looks to be the class of the field.
  • #13 GENESIS ONE (8-1) debuts here and has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #15 NECROMANCER (3-1) should be competitive in this spot. He has hit the board at these conditions in the past.

Selections: 12- 14- 13- 15

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Chris Adams
Chris Adams

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.