Belmont Park Betting Race of Day for Friday

Friday’s nine race betting card at Belmont Park features the $80,000 Rob N Gin, a seven furlong test on the turf for three-year-olds and upward that drew a field of eight along with five main track only entrants if the race is shifted to the main track.

The turf course was listed as yielding for Thursday’s card, but the weather is on the improve in the Big Apple and it looks as if we will be on the turf although there is a good chance the grass course will be less than firm.

The Michelle Nihei trained Upgrade is the 3-1 morning line favorite, coming off a fifth place finish in the Cliff Hangar (G3) at Monmouth Park on Sept. 1.

His last win came over the turf at Belmont Park three back when he won the Jaipur (G3) at today’s seven furlong distance.

Looking for more value I am going with the Barclay Tagg trainee Beau Choix, who is coming off a fourth place finish in the Win Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 29.

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Let’s head out to Belmont Park for Friday’s featured race of the day:

Belmont Park Race 7 The Rob N Gin (4:02 ET)

3 Beau Choix      5-1

4 Surfrider          8-1

2 Boots Ahead   4-1

7 Upgrade           3-1

Analysis: Beau Choix stalked the early pace, had to be taken in hand briefly nearing the half mile pole and finished evenly for fourth last out in the restricted Win, beaten 2 1/4 lengths for the top spot. Two back over yielding footing he was a game second, beaten just a neck against a tough group of optional claimers. The third place finisher in that race was Air Support, who came back to win the Bowling Green (G2) in his next outing on Sept. 8 here. The five year old can handle groundless than firm and while he is winless in his last nine starts, his last trip to the winners circle came in this race last year, which was his lone trip over the turf here.

Surfrider prompted the early pace while in between foes and faded to finish seventh in the Fourstardave (G2). The winner Wise Dan came back to win the Woodbine Mile (G1) and Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) in his next two starts. The colt drops into an easier spot and looks capable here with his best. He ran third last fall in the Qatar Prix de la Foret (G1) behind Dream Alive and Goldikova. He is a Group 3 winner and the 8-1 morning line looks more than fair.


WIN: #3 to win at 3-1 or better.

EX: 3,4 / 2,3,4,7

TRI: 3,4 / 2,3,4,7 / 1,2,3,4,7

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