How to bet 9 races on Belmont Park's Friday card

How to bet 9 races on Belmont Park's Friday card
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Memorial Day weekend action kicks off Friday at Belmont Park with a 9-race program. Here’s how I approached the card:

Race 1. Trainer Todd Pletcher is unveiling a pair of 2-year-olds in No. 2 Forte (4-5 morning line) and No. 4 Gotta Like Him (4-1 ML). Both pedigrees suggest that Forte and Gotta Like Him might prefer the grass going forward, but the bullet 4-furlong gate work and jockey assignment for Forte implies that he’s well-intentioned for this spot. Another to add would be No. 1 Wasabi Boy (9-2 ML), the first foal for Gas Station Sushi, a Grade 3 winner who was successful in 3 of her 4 starts. Horse Racing Nation’s First Timers Insights Report points to No. 5 Please Baby (3-1 ML), but it seems as though this one will prefer routing on the turf. Picks: 1, 2

Race 2. No. 6 Its All Relevant (1-1 ML) comes in off two wins in a row and looks to control a projected slow tempo early on, according to the Horse Racing Nation Pace Report. If you’re looking to play against, No. 5 Glory Road (2-1 ML) goes out for Trainer Orlando Noda, who is firing at 35 percent so far this year at Belmont.  Picks: 6, 5

Race 3. In this maiden turf sprint, No. 1 Devilly (9-2 ML) has progressively improving Beyer Speed Figures and draws the advantageous inside post. Since she’s been with the Maker barn, she ha steadily run better races and could present a value opportunity in here since others are likely to take more money. Picks: 1, 2, 6 Race 4. No. 1 New York Banker (3-1 ML) goes out for the hot Noda barn and comes in to this race off back-to-back wins. A-coupled with Stencil, bettors will get two for the price of one.  Picks: 1, 2, 7, 5 Race 5. Early speed on the grass is dangerous on the NYRA circuit, and No. 1 Get The Candy (6-1 ML) looks to be the pacesetter here. No. 6 Jill’s a Hot Mess seems to prefer the 5 1/2-furlong distance over this 6-furlong journey. Although No. 4 Mischievous Dream (5-2 ML) hasn’t sprinted since the summer of 2020, she did break her maiden at first asking against males. With some class relief and a cutback, she can’t be left off any tickets. Picks: 4, 1, 5 Race 6. At 6-5, No. 5 Stone Creator presents a great opportunity to play against the favorite. In good form recently are both No. 3 Gringotts (4-1 ML) and No. 4 Gallina (3-1 ML). Stone Creator hasn’t got the job done at a short price on three separate occasions and is tough to trust at a short price once again. Picks: 4, 3 Race 7. No. 9 Juulstone (4-1 ML) is the top Power Pick here and seems to be refinding his good form now that he’s back on the turf. Blinkers go on as well, a move that trainer Mike Maker is successful with 12 percent of the time. Perhaps this, combined with the drop in class, is enough for Juulstone to cross the wire first.  Picks: 9, 6, 3

Race 8. Switching to the Todd Pletcher barn, No. 5 Forest Caraway (5-2 ML) seems like a major contender in this spot. She has faced stakes company multiple times, including a runner-up finish in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) behind Princess Noor in 2020. Forest Caraway is also the top Power Pick. Picks: 5, 7, 6

Race 9. A potential single would be No. 2 Tempermental (7-2 ML) as she tries the turf for the third time. A reclaim for trainer Jeremiah Englehart, this filly closed from the back of the pack last time out and had her rally momentarily paused while having to go inside of horses and find a split in the stretch. The winner, Half Birthday, conversely got to closely stalk the pace.  Picks: 2

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