Bet the 2018 Belmont Stakes day Late Pick 5 on a budget

June 08, 2018 01:56pm

The New York Racing Association will offer a $1 million single-ticket payout for the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5 on Belmont Stakes Day exclusively available to NYRA Bets members across the country.

That means NYRA Bets members will be eligible for a guaranteed minimum $1 million payout in the event that an account holder is the sole winner of the Late Pick 5.

The sequence will start with Race 7, the Grade 2 Woody Stephens with a scheduled post time of 3:22 p.m. ET. It will be followed by the Grade 1 Just a Game, the Grade 1 Met Mile, the Grade 1 Manhattan and then Justify's run at history in the 2018 Belmont Stakes.

 Join NYRA Bets and play the Late Pick 5

This popular wager features the same 15 percent takeout rate and 50-cent bet minimum as the early Pick 5. Once again, I will use one of my favorite cost-effective wagering strategies, the spread ticket formula, to hit it. It would cost $1,024 to lump all of my contenders on one ticket, but the spread ticket formula knocks the price down to a much more affordable $48.

Race 7 (G2 Woody Stephens, 7f)

Primary - #12 STRIKE POWER, #11 World of Trouble
Secondary - #6 Still Having Fun, #3 Engage, #8 Kanthaka, #9 Promises Fulfilled, #1 Madison’s Luna, #4 Givemeaminit

Comments: I have always been a sucker for outside early/pressing types in extended sprints, and that is the main reason I landed on #12 Strike Power (9-2). My top drew outside the other speed and is 2-for-2 sprinting. He looked good winning the G3 Swale at seven furlongs on Feb 3. #11 World of Trouble (7-2) romped in two of three sprints, and received strong numbers in the $125,000 Pasco at this distance Jan 20.

Race 8 (G1 Just a Game, 8T)

Primary - #7 A RAVING BEAUTY 
Secondary - #3 Off Limits, #1 On Leave, #4 Lull

Comments: #7 A Raving Beauty (5-2) was outstanding in her U.S. bow in the G3 Beaugay, and she showed a strong finishing kick that day. This race is probably over if she runs back to that visually impressive stalk/pounce tally.    

Race 9 (G1 Met Mile, 8f)

Primary - #2 BOLT D’ORO, #10 Bee Jersey
Secondary - #1 Mind Your Biscuits, #5 Good Samaritan

Comments: #2 Bolt d’Oro (4-1) seemingly hated the wet track in the Kentucky Derby. All six of his fast track starts were sharp, and he is 2-for-2 in one turn events. The talented sophomore gets a weight break, and his new pilot Florent Geroux should have options with the versatile sort. He was clearly second best behind Justify in the Santa Anita Derby, and he earned strong numbers in that heat. #10 Bee Jersey (5-1) easily went all the way in his last three starts at this distance and catches a favorable pace scenario. Steve Asmussen's improving 4-year-old colt could easily make it four straight front running wins.

Race 10 (G1 Manhattan, 10f inner turf)

Primary - #1 ROBERT BRUCE
Secondary - #10 Beach Patrol, #3 Hi Happy, #9 Channel Maker

Comments: #1 Robert Bruce (3-1) won his first six starts in Chile, moved to the Chad Brown barn and finished up nicely to win the G3 Fort Marcy in his U.S. bow. He was just getting warmed up at nine furlongs last time, and this distance suits the unbeaten colt.

Race 11 (G1 Belmont Stakes, 12f)

Primary - #4 HOFBURG, #8 Vino Rosso
Secondary - #1 Justify, #10 Blended Citizen

Comments: Florida Derby runner-up #4 Hofburg (9-2) has the best long distance pedigree, and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and trainer Bill Mott have both won the Belmont Stakes before. G2 Wood Memorial hero #8 Vino Rosso (8-1) will be saddled by three-time Belmont Stakes-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, and his jockey, John Velazquez, has won the Belmont Stakes twice. #1 Justify (4-5) chases Triple Crown glory for Mike Smith and Bob Baffert. His best chance is to control proceedings throughout, just like American Pharoah did in 2015. #10 Blended Citizen (15-1) won the G3 Peter Pan at Belmont Park last time, and he seems to be improving at the right time. 

NYRA Bets Late Pick 5 Spread Tickets (Races 7-11, Total Cost - $48):


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