WEEKEND HORSE BETTING: TWO BIG RACES

Weekend Horse Betting: The holiday weekend in the United States has a long slate of horse racing opportunities. At Belmont Park, this is Runhappy Met Mile day, with other races set for that track as well. There is also action from Los Alamitos, Woodbine and Delaware Park.

Take a look at the full calendar of races as well as odds and predictions for the two big races at Belmont, and for all your betting needs just head over to JazzSports.ag online racebook; they’ve got odds on every major race in the US and beyond.

Weekend Horse Betting Calendar

Saturday, July 4

Great Lady M Stakes (Grade II, $200,000 purse, 6 1/2 furlongs)

Los Alamitos, 7:28 pm ET, TVG

Suburban Stakes (Grade II, $200,000, 1 1/4 miles)

Belmont Park, 6:51 pm ET, FS1

Post                Horse                                      Jockey                                    Odds

1                      Tacitus                                    John R. Velazquez                  9/5

2                      Parsimony                               Kendrick Carmouche              50/1

3                      Forewarned                             Manuel Franco                        30/1

4                      Mr. Buff                                   Junior Alvarado                       2/1

5                      Joevia                                     Jose L. Ortiz                            20/1

6                      Sir Winston                              Joel Rosario                            7/2

7                      Just Whistle                             Irad Ortiz Jr                             8/1

8                      Moretti                                     Javier Castellano                    5/1

Sir Winston and Tacitus were both contenders at the 2019 Belmont Stakes, and Sir Winston won as a 10/1 upset. He came from eighth place to take the lead from Tacitus and win by a length. In his 2020 debut, he won by 2 1/4 lengths in a claiming mile at Aqueduct on January 31. He was headed to the Dubai World Cup, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the event. He ran on June 11 at Belmont, on a messy day, coming in second by 5 1/4 lengths to Moretti in a race that went 1 3/8 miles.

Tacitus finished third at the 2019 Kentucky Derby, and he was the runner-up at the Belmont Stakes, the Jim Dandy (Grade II) and Runhappy Travers (Grade I) that year. He finished 2019 at the Jockey Gold Cup (Grade I), taking third place over 1 1/4 miles. This will be his third start of 2020. He was fifth in the Saudi Cup (Grade I) back in February and fourth at the Oaklawn Handicap (Grade II) in May. Tacitus gets the #1 post position, which has been golden at Belmont, so I’m picking him to win here.

Los Alamitos Derby ($150,000, 1 1/8 miles)

Los Alamitos, 6:28 pm ET, TVG

Manhattan Stakes (Grade I, $400,000, 1 1/4 miles)

Belmont Park, 6:20 pm ET, FS1

Post                Horse                                      Jockey                                    Odds

1                      Instilled Regard                       Irad Ortiz Jr                             2/1

2                      Rockemperor                          John R. Velazquez                  5/1

3                      Cross Border                           Jose L. Ortiz                            10/1

4                      Sadler’s Joy                            Javier Castellano                    7/2

5                      Devamani                               Joel Rosario                            9/2

6                      Channel Maker                       Manuel Franco                        10/1

7                      Dot Matrix                               Florent Geroux                       6/1

8                      Spooky Channel                     Julien R. Leparoux                  15/1

Sadler’s Joy is looking for his first win at the Manhattan Stakes. He has seven career wins, picking up over $2.5 million in his career. He finished a neck behind Spring Quality in 2018, setting for second, and he finished third in 2017, 1 1/2 lengths behind Ascend. At the end of 2019, he won the Red Smith (Grade III) at Aqueduct by a pair of lengths, and he came in sixth to start 2020 at the Pegasus World Cup Turf (Grade I) at Gulfstream Park. Given his record here, I have him in my money picks, along with Instilled Regard and Rockemperor.

Runhappy Met Mile (Grade I, $500,000, 1 mile)

Belmont Park, 5:47 pm ET, FS1, NBC

Post                Horse                                      Jockey                                    Odds

1                      Network Effect                        Irad Ortiz Jr                             8/1

2                      Vekoma                                  Javier Castellano                    5/2

3                      McKinzie                                 Mike E. Smith                         2/1

4                      Hog Creek Hustle                   Jose L. Ortiz                            30/1

5                      Code of Honor                        John R. Velazquez                  3/1

6                      Endorsed                                 Joel Rosario                            10/1

7                      Mr Freeze                                Manuel Franco                        8/1

8                      Warrior’s Charge                     Florent Geroux                       12/1

Vekoma turned a lot of heads with his big win at the Carter Handicap (Grade I). He has had four weeks of rest, but he has also put together three races after stopping for 11 months. That type of schedule often leads to big results, so he could be in the catbird seat once matters head for home. Does he have the finishing speed to win?

Network Effect has the coveted #1 post position, and he was the runner-up at the Carter Handicap – but by 7 1/4 lengths. The track was wet, which could have played a role. He came in eighth at the Cigar Mile a year ago, the last time he raced in this type of competition.

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