Belmont runs a stakes race every day. That includes running one on Thursday, June 25. We handicap and make picks for Thursday’s stakes, the Easy Goer, along with a couple of other races on the June 25 Big Sandy card. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Belmont Park for Thursday, June 25. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Belmont Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Thursday, June 25 at 1:15 pm ET
- Where: Elmont, NY
- Weather: Thunderstorms
Belmont Park Picks for Thursday, June 25
Race 6 – 3:59 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt – $56,000 Allowance
Mark Hennig trained 4-year-old filly Singular Sensation cuts back in distance from 1/18 miles to this mile. We’d worry if not for the presence of jockey Luis Saez. Luis will ensure Sensation breaks cleanly from the gate. If nobody wants the lead, Saez will get her to the front. Take this runner seriously.
Holmdel Park could prove tough to beat. Trainer James Ryerson has yet to win a race at the meet. But Holmdel ran great in a 6 furlong turf sprint in her last. The 3-year-old filly should improve off that effort. She ran in New York bred stakes races at Aqueduct earlier in the year where she faced tougher.
Trainer Andrew Williams puts blinkers on First Dawn. That could be enough to get her into the trifecta. The closer has just a single win from 18 races. But she has 6 thirds and 4 seconds. Use her in the exacta slot if you believe this is one of those times where she gets the place money.
- Win: Singular Sensation
- Place: Holmdel Park
- Show: First Dawn
Race 7 – 4:32 pm ET – 6 Furlongs Inner Turf –$40,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Trainer Linda Rice is 0-for-19 this meet. That should change on Thursday when she saddles Fast Getaway. The 5-year-old gelding has 3 seconds, a win, and a third from 6 starts over Belmont’s turf. Jockey Jose Ortiz should provide Fast Getaway a great trip right behind the front runners. If Rice has her charge ready, Getaway will run by the speed in the stretch.
Valmont goes first time since 2020. The Raymond Handal trained runner won its last couple of races to end 2019. The 5-year-old gelded son of Midshipman presents a solid enough work pattern for the top spot. But Handal hasn’t won a race yet this meet and only wins 11% with horses running off a layoff of 90 days plus.
Dowse’s Beach should offer underlay odds. Trainers running horses off Jason Servis haven’t done well and that’s what Mike Maker tries with this 9-year-old gelding. But Beach is the class of this field. We can’t leave off the trifecta ticket.
- Win: Fast Getaway
- Place: Valmont
- Show: Dowse’s Beach
Race 8 – 5:04 pm ET – 1 1/16 Miles Dirt – $80,000 Easy Goer Stakes
Cristophe Clement trained Casino Grande won’t offer decent odds. But, we can’t look past the Cairo Prince sired 3-year-old colt to get the job done on Thursday. Clement wins 20% second time off a layoff, and Grande is undefeated, having broke his maiden at Tampa in March, and then blasting optional claiming $75,000 runners going a mile in May.
Sonneman goes first time for trainer Steve Asmussen. Steve wins 17% with ponies going first time for him. Sonneman shows a great work. The Curlin sired colt won a 7 furlong race at Gulfstream closing from the clouds in his last. So, no matter the pace, Sonneman figures to fire on Thursday.
3-year-old gelding Toy is hot. The Tapizar sired runner broke its maiden at Laurel Park on Feb. 21. In it’s first against winners, Toy ran down a front runner in the stretch. If Casino Grande doesn’t fire, this one has a chance. So, consider for the win if you don’t believe in Grande.
- Win: Casino Grande
- Place: Sonneman
- Show: Toy