Friday Disabled Jockey’s Fund Charity Contest: Garrity picks the $125,000 Commentator Stakes at Belmont Park, RT picks Churchill Downs
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.
RT bet $7 win, $13 place on 2-Master of Hope in the 5th race at Belmont. Garrity put $20 to win on 1-Tankerville, in the 7th at Belmont. Master of Hope offered no hope and finished out of the money. RT is now +$23.10. Tankerville ran backwards down the stretch and jogged home out of the money. Garrity is -$80.
The pick: Churchill Downs, Race 7, $7 to win, $13 to place on #3 Hidden Ruler, post time 4:14 pm EDT
Why: #3 Hidden Ruler (6/1) has best overall speed and best last. He just ran an $81K allowance at 6.5f and that last furlong did him in. He led throughout and gave way in the stretch. I like this horse as he beat $50K claimers, NW2L, three back in the slop at OP in 1:11 and this cutback, the last race experience facing tougher, and his rounding into great form make him my choice for the contest.
For my other picks and a more in-depth look at this race, please check out my post here.
The pick: Belmont Park, Race 9, the $125,000 Commentator Stakes, $20 to win on #7 Mr. Buff, post time: 5:36 pm EDT.
Why: We are going to embrace our inner chalk-eating weasel, as we like the favorite, 7-Mr. Buff. He’s won three in a row, and his last race was exceptionally good, when he won the Haynesfield Stakes at Aqueduct by an eye-popping twenty lengths. We do not think he will win by quite that big a margin, but we do think he will win, and while his 6/5 morning line price will not make anyone rich, we will make him our contest play today with the hope of cashing a ticket. Look for him to go right to the front, and stay there all the way around the track. We will bet our $20 stake today on Mr. Buff to win the Commentator.
For my picks of today's Stronach Pick 5, please check out my article here.