The Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park on Sunday is the last
"win and you're in" Breeders' Cup Challenge Series race. Before you know it,
the Futurity champ will be racing in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.
We believe MOMOS (PP: 9 ML 7/2) will hit the wire first in
race seven and keep on running to Lexington Kentucky to compete for her share
of the $1 million purse. The two-year-old tied for the highest, last race speed
figure and will try turf for first time. Trainer Christophe Clement hits at 19%
with first time grass starters.
Along with our choice, we decided to look around the
internet to see who other Belmont handicappers see winning the Futurity.
Andy Sterling of NYRA.com lists COUNTRY FINAL (PP: 8 ML 6-1)
as his top choice followed by AFTER FIVE (PP:2 ML 3-1), TRADE DEAL (PP: 10 ML
4-1) and GYPSY KING (PP: 11 ML 12-1).
David Aragona, also from NYRA in the timeforums blog sees AFTER
FIVE taking the checkered flag with COUNTRY FINAL collecting paly money, MOMOS getting
the show dough and TRADE DEAL finishing up the superfecta.
Steve Matthews from Newsday has a completely different take
on the race, "SECOND OF JULY (PP:3 ML 12-1) notched a solid late-pace figure when
a determined winner in debut; keeps on giving. NEWBOMB (PP: 4 ML 8-1) displayed
sizzling speed in debut on dirt; big-time, front-running danger on turf. COUNTRY
FINAL also is quick from gate and could prove very tough if able to shake
They also like MOMOS on top at Guaranteed Tip Sheet, as "SECOND
OF JULY won his debut as a longshot at the track/distance/surface. TRADE DEAL
is ¾ lengths from being undefeated in two starts. AFTER FIVE missed in his
debut by a nose to TRADE DEAL, the extra ½ furlong could help."
Using the old fashioned, newspaper way of building consensus
- 5 points for first place
3 points for second place
1 point for third place
... we come to the following rankings based on the top three
choices for our list of Belmont Park handicapping experts.
#8 COUNTRY FINAL – 9 points (1 win, 1 second, 1 third)
#2 AFTER FIVE and #3 SECOND OF JULY - tie for second and third with 8 points (1
win and 1 second each)
#9 MOMOS – 6 points (1 win and a 1 third)
#4 NEWBOMB – 3 points (1 second)
#10 TRADE DEAL – 2 points (2 thirds)
Horseplayers that want to build their tickets based on the
consensus might consider boxing the 2,3 and 8 for their exactas and trifectas.
Or, putting all the winning selections in your exotic tickets i.e. 2,3,8 and 9
exacta and trifecta boxes. Another angle would be to wheel the 8 with the 2,3,9
for your exactas and trifectas.
However it plays out, you'll get another shot at the winner
in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland Racetrack on
Friday, November 6, 2020.
Get today's full picks for all tracks and races at Guaranteed Tip Sheet.