Belmont/Aqueduct Thursday 9/22: Analysis, Selections

Chris Adams

The Belmont Park at the Big A meet continues Thursday. Players will find races from this meet listed under track code BAQ. Belmont is traditionally BEL, while Aqueduct is usually listed as AQU.

The Belmont race dates were moved to Aqueduct this fall to allow for renovations to Belmont Park

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 1

Post: 2:05 PM ET; $95k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on turf; Entries: 14

  • #7 EIN GEDI (3-1) debuts here and goes out for the Brown barn and gets Franco in the irons.
  • #6 PERSONAL PURSUIT (8-1) should improve off the first start and has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #8 FOURWAY STOP (9-2) has kept some really solid company so far and should be well prepped for this group.
  • #11 LEXI'S SPIRIT (7-2) goes out for the second start and will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.

Selections: 7 – 6 – 8 – 11

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 2

Post: 2:36 PM ET; $45k Claiming going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #5 MONSHUN (9-5) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #4 RUN UP THE SCORE (5-2) has to be respected going out for the combination of Brown and Franco.
  • #2 REIGNING CHICK (5-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one makes sense on speed figures.
  • #1 PREPOSTEROUS (4-1) goes out for Linda Rice who gives the call to one of her first call jockeys in Jose Lezcano.

Selections: 5 – 4 – 2 – 1

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 3

Post: 3:09 PM ET; $110k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 3/8 miles on turf; Entries: 7

  • #6 ROCKY SKY (7-5) shouldn't have trouble with the 1 3/8ths mile distance.
  • #3 WICKED GROOVE (5-2) has to be respected going out for the combination of Atras and Ortiz. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #2 CREATIVE CAIRO (9-2) makes sense on speed figures.
  • #4 COMMUNITY ADJUSTED (4-1) looks to be the class of the field and should have plenty of stamina.

Selections: 6 – 3 – 2 – 4

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 4

Post: 3:38 PM ET; $45k Maiden Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 11

  • #2 WITH KNOW NAME (3-1) comes into the race in really good form.
  • #1A M. C. DOUBLE R (6-1) shouldn't have trouble with the 6 furlong distance. This one could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #7 TESTA DURA (9-2) debuts here and is well bred for this spot.
  • #4 SARATOGA BANKER (5-1) is another first time starter worth a look.

Selections: 2 – 1A- 7 – 4

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 5

Post: 4:09 PM ET; $77k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 10

  • #3 SILVER SKILLET (3-1) should improve off the first start and shouldn't have trouble with the 6 furlong distance. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #5 STONEWALL STAR (7-2) will look to take a step forward off the debut. This one should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #8 SWEET LIBERTY (12-1) is a price horse and will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.
  • #4 DISRUPTION (5-1) is likely to improve off the first effort and has to be respected going out for the combination of Brown and Ortiz. This one comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 3 – 5 – 8 – 4

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 6

Post: 4:40 PM ET; $90k Allowance Optional Claiming going 6 furlongs on turf; Entries: 13

  • #5 DEEP COVER (9-2) may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #3 YARROW (4-1) makes sense on speed figures and will also hope for a quick pace.
  • #9 BATTLE STATION (6-1) shouldn't have trouble with the 6 furlong distance. This one seems to fit well enough here.
  • #4 NEURO (8-1) will be saving the best running for late in the race.

Selections: 5 – 3 – 9 – 4

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 7

Post: 5:15 PM ET; $65k Starter Allowance going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 15

  • #11 EXCEPT TEMPTATION (8-1) has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #4 MAYBE LATER (6-1) seems to fit well enough here. This one makes sense on speed figures.
  • #5 DREAMFUL (2-1) has the top overall power rating in the group. This one should be part of the early pace in this spot.
  • #7 OCEAN AIR (5-2) goes out for the Sharp barn and gets Ortiz in the irons. This one will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.

Selections: 11- 4 – 5 – 7

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 8

Post: 5:45 PM ET; $105k Allowance going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

Mosienko wins at Belmont.
Mosienko | Photo Credit Debra A. Roma
  • #6 MOSIENKO (7-5) makes total sense on speed figures. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #2 SNICKET (4-1) seems to fit well enough here. He has run well at this distance in the past.
  • #3 TO A T (2-1) seems to fit well enough here.
  • #5 CHLOE ROSE (12-1) is a price horse and seems to fit well enough here. This one could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.

Selections: 6 – 2 – 3 – 5

Belmont at Aqueduct- Race 9

Post: 6:15 PM ET; $47k Maiden Claiming going 6 furlongs on turf; Entries: 14

  • #9 BIRTHDAY TIME (4-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #4 LADY FIREFOOT (7-2) makes sense on speed figures. This one is well bred for this spot.
  • #5 DIAMANT DAMHSA (6-1) makes sense on speed figures. This one seems to fit well enough here.
  • #8 DEVILLY (15-1) is a price horse and will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late. This one has experience and some of those performances would be competitive in this group.

Selections: 9 – 4 – 5 – 8

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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.