On Friday, July 3, Belmont’s feature is a 6 furlong turf event for $80,000. Named after top turf sprinter License Fee, the stakes race goes off as the ninth. We handicap and make free horse racing picks for the License Fee Stakes as well as two other races on Friday’s Big Sandy card. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Belmont Park for Friday, July 3. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Belmont Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, July 2 at 1:15 pm ET
- Where: Elmont, NY
- Weather: Partly Cloud
Belmont Park Picks for Friday, July 3
Race 6 – 3:59 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles Dirt – $80,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
There are a lot of talented runners in the sixth at Belmont on Friday. The most talented could be Say Moi. Trained by Bill Mott, Say Moi heads into this off her maiden score. She stretches out from 6 furlongs and should love the distance. Her sire, Union Rags, sired 1 ½ mile Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches. Mott might have another top-notch filly on his hands.
Todd Pletcher trained Spice is Nice is 4/5 on the morning line. The Curlin sired 3-year-old filly finished second in the Grade 2 Davona Dale. She bounced in her first going 2-turns, finishing fifth by 10 lengths in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks. The drop in class could help the cause. The odds won’t be anything to write home about, but she’s a must use in the exacta.
Vigilante’s Way had nothing but trouble in her first against winners. Trainer Claude McGaughey has worked her brilliantly since the May 15 flub. That gives us confidence that she can get into the trifecta.
- Win: Say Moi
- Place: Spice is Nice
- Show: Vigilante’s Way
Race 8 – 5:04 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt – $56,000 Allowance
Trainer Orlando Noda has a pair in here in Danny California and Vintage Hollywood. The coupled entry should be tough to beat. Vintage Hollywood looks like the fastest horse in the race while Danny might improve off the last effort, a third-place finish in a 1 1/16 mile race at this level over the mud. We’ll put the 5/2 morning line entry on top.
Bourbon Bay is a hard-trying horse. The problem? The 3-year-old colt is sort of a tweener. He’s not fast enough early to get the lead. But he doesn’t have the devastating turn of foot that good closers possess. If the race falls apart, Bay could win, though. So, consider for the top spot if the entry doesn’t appeal.
The other entry, Yankee Division and Big Thicket, should go off the chalk. Both have a shot at the win. But there are knocks against both as well. Because the morning line is 2/1, we must pass for the win slot.
- Win: Danny California / Vintage Hollywood
- Place: Bourbon Bay
- Show: Yankee Division / Big Thicket
Race 9 – 5:36 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Inner Turf – $80,000 License Fee Stakes
Because Bridlewood Cat races on the grass for the first time, we’re hoping she keeps her 4/1 morning line odds. The Street Sense sired 4-year-old filly should love the sod. More importantly? Trainer Jonathan Thomas wins 20% first on the grass and 26% going dirt to turf. JT wins 28% with horses running off a 90-plus days layoff. Oh, and 31% winning jockey Irad Ortiz takes the call. We’re sold!
Thomas could go 1-2 in the License Fee Stakes. Escapade can also grab top honors. The More Than Ready sired mare has a 4-3-1 record from 11 races. She got a 3-2-1 record from 9 races over the turf. Take her chances to win seriously.
Dalika heads to the Belmont Park after racing primarily in Kentucky. Trainer Albert Stall is one of the top conditioners on the planet, and this one did win a 5 ½ furlong sprint at Churchill Downs on May 21. But we don’t like the 5/2 morning line odds and there’s no telling if Dalika will enjoy racing over Belmont’s lawn. We’ll use, but we won’t bet to win.
- Win: Bridlewood Cat
- Place: Escapade
- Show: Dalika