July 4th Weekend is always a big one for Belmont Park. Big Sandy runs three graded stakes, including the Grade 2 Suburban and the Grade 3 Dwyer.
Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Saturday, July 3rd to Monday, July 5th. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Horse Racing Odds & Picks June 28th Edition
Top Stakes Races For The Week
- When: Saturday, July 3 – Monday, July 5
Belmont Park – Saturday, July 3
- Grade 2 Suburban Handicap – 1 ¼ miles dirt – $400,000
Top handicap horse Mystic Guide, the Dubai World Cup winner, headlines a deep field of 7 in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap. Todd Pletcher saddles a couple in this, Happy Saver and Country Grammar. Night Ops, Informative, Prioritize, and Max Player should round out the field.
Gulfstream Park – Saturday, July 3
- Grade 3 Smile Sprint Invitational – 6 furlongs dirt – $200,000
Trainer Katherine Ritvo puts the saddle on Frosted Grace and Double Crown. Saffie Joseph Jr. runs Chance It while Patrick Biancone sends Diamond Oops to the gate. Miles Ahead and Shivaree are also likely.
Los Alamitos – Saturday, July 3
- Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby – 1 1/8 miles – $150,000
Trainer Bob Baffert looks for yet another Los Alamitos Derby on Saturday. The winningest Triple Crown horseman of all time, Baffert will saddle three, Defunded, Classier, and Hudson Ridge. Simon Callaghan trained Mr. Impossible and Doug O’Neil trained Ingest should also run. So should It’s My House, Back Ring Luck, and Mucho Del Oro.
Belmont Park – Sunday, July 4
- Grade 2 John A. Nerud – 7 furlongs dirt – $250,000
Grade 3 Runhappy and Grade 2 True North winner Firenze Fire will lead a field of 7 into the starting gate for Sunday’s John A. Nerud Stakes. Fire should offer less than even money to win the 7 furlong sprint. Contenders include, Top Seed, Wind of Change, Three Technique, Doubly Blessed, American Power, and Mind Control.
Belmont Park – Monday, July 5
- Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes – 1 mile dirt – $250,000
Shadwell Stable owned and Todd Pletcher trained Mahaamel may go off the favorite in what looks like a competitive Dwyer Stakes. The Into Mischief sired colt broke his maiden on June 4. Pletcher didn’t force the talented runner onto the Triple Crown Trail. So we shouldn’t be surprised if Mahaamel dominates his foes on Monday. Starryinmydreams, Gershwin, Ridin With Biden, Pickin’ Time, and Civil War should also run.