Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Friday, October 5

Race 1: Ekhtibaar (#3)

  • His lone turf start over 3 years ago was actually better than it seems; deserves another chance.
  • Is bred to be a turf horse on his dam’s side, as she and her progeny were mostly European turf horses.
  • Figures to sit a good stalking trip just off the likely favorite Souperfast.

5-2 on ML


Race 4: Elizabeth Nicole (#3)

  • Ran well to beat what was arguably a tougher field two back at Saratoga, albeit while riding a speed bias.
  • Was unwisely rated last time in a race that featured other speed types.
  • Gary Contessa is enjoying a fantastic Belmont fall meet.

4-1 on ML


Race 6: Coal Truth (#6)

  • Ran better than it appears when he got in trouble going this distance last fall.
  • Appears to be training well heading into this return as a new gelding.
  • DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Jonathan Thomas is 6 for 14 (43 percent, $2.42 ROI) first off a trainer switch with maidens.

10-1 on ML

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