Week 1, Day 3. First post time is 5:04 pm EDT
For the contest, each handicapper will designate one of his race picks per weekday and two on Saturday and Sunday. Win, place, show betting only. $20 per bet. Weeks run Monday through Sunday.
Play along and in future months you may have a chance to beat the pros.
The way the pros are going so far, you may not need to know a horse from a chihuahua to beat them. In the 2nd race yesterday at Fort Erie, RT bet $20 to win on 3-Silent Contempt and then watched with contempt as the horse finished second. Garrity bet $20 on 5-Anniversary Rose in the 7th race at Fort Erie but she only rose to 4th. Both 'cappers are -$40.
Belmont Park, 8th Race, $20 to win on #5 - Arthur Kitt. Post time 5:04 pm EDT
Why: For today’s contest play, we are heading to Belmont Park, which opens this afternoon with a terrific card. We like the 8th race on the slate, a non-winners-of-two allowance on turf, for horses 3 and older. A field of ten will go to the starting gate, and though there is a chance of thunderstorms in New York this afternoon, we are expecting this race to stay on turf, and we are expecting the turf to be firm. Post time is scheduled for 5:04 pm EDT.
The pick is 5 - Arthur Kitt. He’s a 4-year-old British-bred colt with eleven career starts, most of them in England. He’s run twice since he was transferred to the U.S. about a year ago, finishing 6th in the Grade 2 Nijinski at Woodbine in July, and second in an allowance at Gulfstream Park, when he returned from an eight-month layoff, on April 23. We think he is poised to move forward today, second off the layoff, and we also think that his form is somewhat obscured by all the moving around he’s done. We think he’s a good horse, trained by an excellent turf conditioner, Christophe Clement, and we think he is going to show it today. He’s 8-1 on the morning line, and though we think he will probably be a bit shorter at post time, he is still the play. Look for him to sit mid-pack early and be moving late. We will bet him to win. The bet: Belmont Park, Race 8, $20 to win on 5 - Arthur Kitt.
Lone Star Park, 8th race, $20 to win on #2 - Quebec. Post time is 6:15 pm EDT.
Why: #2 Quebec (2/1) gets Equibase/SmartCap best overall speed, best overall class and best last. Jockey David Cabrera, who nailed three wins yesterday, is in the irons. The only knock on this daughter of Into Mischief is the trainer, Joe Sharp, is just 4% bringing back horses after 2-6 months. Her last workout does signify she’s ready, going 5f in 1:01. She has best average money this year with $30.5K per race and $11.1 per in her lifetime.
You can read RT's entire race analysis and see the SmartCap card here.