Belmont Park runs a bunch of graded races on Saturday. We decided to handicap and make free horse racing picks for the Grade 2 New York Stakes, the Grade 2 True North, and the Grade 1 Just A Game. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Belmont Park for Saturday, June 27. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Belmont Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Saturday, June 27 at 1:15 pm ET
- Where: Elmont, NY
- Weather: Chance Thunderstorms
Belmont Park Picks for Saturday, June 27
Race 8 – 5:04 pm ET – 1 ¼ Miles Inner Turf – $250,000 G2 New York Stakes
It’s not often we can back a Chad Brown horse on the turf at 8/1. That could happen on Saturday. My Sister Nat is 8/1 on the morning line. Ah, but there’s a catch! She has yet to win in the U.S. and she hasn’t run since November. Still, she’s the best closer in a field that, at least on paper, appears loaded with early foot. Let’s take a shot on the Chad runner to pull off the upset.
Brown’s other horse, Fool’s Gold, should set it up for My Sister Nat. Gold raced great in her last at Aqueduct even though the best she could do was fourth. She’s got talent. If Mean Mary doesn’t go with her, Fool’s Gold could wire this field.
The chances of Mean Mary letting Chad’s horse get away with an easy lead is close to zero. Why? Top jockey Luis Saez rides. Saez has been aboard Mary for her last 3. Luis guided her to wins in all 3 races. She could bounce off the awesome effort on March 28. If she doesn’t, she might win by 5 lengths. So, use on the top and bottom of your exotic tix.
- Win: My Sister Nat
- Place: Fool’s Gold
- Show: Mean Mary
Race 9 – 5:36 pm ET – 6 ½ Furlongs Dirt –$150,000 G2 True North Stakes
10/1 on the morning line Wicked Trick has a real shot to upset chalks Promises Fulfilled and Firenze Fire. The Linda Rice trained runner had won 7 in a row before failing to hit the board in the $125,000 Stymie Stakes at Aqueduct in the gelding’s last. That race was at a mile. This horse is undefeated at 6 furlongs. So, is it so difficult to believe the 5-year-old can get that extra half a furlong? We’re all over the Rice equine.
Yorkton goes second-time for trainer Graham Motion. In his first for Graham, he finished 1 ½ lengths behind top sprinter Global Campaign. That was at 7 furlongs. Yorkton is better at 6 or 6 ½. We’re not sold on Promises Fulfilled showing his best. So, we’ll go with this runner to hang on for second.
We also don’t like Firenze Fire, who ran one of the worst races of his career in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap in his last. Who do we like for third? How about Wait For It? The gelding has never run at 6 ½ furlongs. Breeding says, this one should excel at the distance.
Wicked Trick is 10/1, Yorkton is 10/1, and Wait For It is 12/1. Just our every day overlay “let’s make rent” trifecta, right?
- Win: Wicked Trick
- Place: Yorkton
- Show: Wait For It
Race 10 – 5:04 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf – $250,000 G1 Just A Game Stakes
On paper, it looks impossible to beat Uni. Then again, Brad Cox trains Beau Recall, last year’s Just A Game winner. Why is that important? Cox has 6 wins, 4 seconds, and 3 thirds from 18 runners at Belmont. Beau Recall comes off a horrible performance in the Grade 3 Mint Julep. But the top choice has 4 wins and 3 seconds from 9 races at the distance. We’re salivating over the 10/1 morning line runner.
Got Stormy is 8-4-2 from 15 races at this distance. At 5/1, we’re putting Got Stormy ahead of both Chad Brown trained chalk horses. A winner of $1.5 million, Stormy finished behind turf monster Rushing Fall in her last. She can hang on for the place money.
Uni has won 10-of-17. She’s finished off the board just twice during her career. She hasn’t raced since the Breeders’ Cup Mile, though. Got Stormy finished second behind her. We’ll use the chalk for sure. We just can’t bet to win because there are too many questions to accept such low odds.
- Win: Beau Recall
- Place: Got Stormy
- Show: Uni