Sunday, May 30, 2010

Paulie's Picks, Belmont, 5/31/10



Memorial day is, of course, the unofficial beginning of summer, and many people celebrate by going to the beach. But me, I like to head out to Belmont Park for the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, affectionately known as the Met Mile. Shown above is the extraordinary Ghostzapper crushing the 2005 Met Mile in the last race of his storied career. Man, I like that horse almost as much as I like Karl Marx and Titian. Ghostzapper is now a B.O.S. (Big 'Ol Stud) at Adena Springs Farm in Kentucky, where he receives the handsome sum of $150,000 per rendezvous.

In this year's Met Mile, trainer Todd Pletcher, who just captured his first Kentucky Derby with Super Saver, is sending out Quality Road, who looks like a beast on paper. I'll be using him as an anchor in the late pick four, maybe a couple of pick 3's, and if I'm feeling frisky, perhaps a run at the pick 6. Here comes the summer!

Here are Paulie's picks for tomorrow's card at Belmont Park:

1st race:
6 - Coach Gravy
1 - Dunvegan
2 - Citizen Balley

2nd race:
5 - Love and Havoc
8 - Butterfield Road
1 - Ommadon's Answer

3rd race:
8 - Mind Boggling
2 - Last Mistake
3 - Virtues Under Fire

4th race:
7 - Christmas for Liam
8 - Biloxi
1 - Miner's Reserve

5th race:
6 - Jack on the Rocks
4 - Driven by Success
1 - Speight of Hand

6th race:
5 - Vivant
3 - Officer Flirt
9 - Mordecai Jones

7th race:
3 - Royal Lord
1 - Key Victory
8 - Smart Selection

8th race:
6 - Who Is Lady
7 - Cap the Thunder
4 - A Word to the Wise

9th race, The Sands Point, G2:
8 - Negligee
4 - Check the Label
5 - Khancord Kid

10th race, The Metropolitan Handicap, G1:
7 - Quality Road
3 - Musket Man
4 - Warrior's reward

11th race:
3 - Lisa Jean
2 - Rennina
10 - Strategic Missile

Tune in tomorrow night for video and results.