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Belmont Park Opening Day - September 7, 2018
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
For over a century, Belmont Park
has been host to racing legends from the past to modern racing. There are few places as exciting as the pristine dirt track, Big Sandy, or the glistening green turf. Horses walking under the oak trees to the backstretch to the well groomed paddock are sure to get your heart fluttering as the meet at Belmont draws near.
Friday, September 7th marks the start of another exciting season of Thoroughbred racing at Belmont Park. The meet will run from Friday the 7th to Sunday, October 28th featuring 44 stakes races worth more than $10 million.
On opening weekend, race fans will be treated to three stakes races starting with the $100,000 Christiecat for three year old fillies at six furlongs. MIZ MAYHEM is one to watch as she goes for sixth straight win. The Florida-bred filly has been dominant in the turf sprints winning the Nicole's Dream at Gulfstream over older fillies and mares. The Christiecat will be her first start for trainer Jason Servis. We have MIZ MAYHEM picked on top along with long shot MOMINOU. Our bonus commentary states "MIZ MAYHEM has won five of eight races on the turf, mostly with early pace. That style fits the bias for Belmont's late-April to mid-July meet. Additionally, trainer, Jason Servis wins at 34% with first time claimers. MOMINOU has raced 6-furlongs twice on Belmont's inner turf, scoring second both times. BROADWAY RUN has run her only three races on the turf, two wins and a second. This is her second start following a short break and she could improve a touch. TESORA is a strong closer and should make a late charge to the front, classic third start after a layoff play."
Miz Mayhem runs at Gulfstream Park
Something else to keep an eye on is last year's Christiecat's winning trainer, Chad Brown. Coming off a record breaking winning meet at Saratoga, Brown will be offering up LADY SUEBEE. The filly by FIRST DEFENCE placed third in the Coronation Cup in her last outing back in July.
The remaining stakes races on the cards for opening weekend include the:
$100,000 Allied Forces on Saturday
$100,000 Royal Delta - Fillies & Mares at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday
Belmont fans will also be drawn to the races for several exciting "Win and You're In" qualifiers throughout the meet including:
Grade 1 $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup - Classic -September 29th
Grade 1 $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic - Longines Turf - September 29th
Grade 1 $350,000 The Vosburgh - TwinSpires Sprint - September 29th
Grade 1 $500,000 Champagne Stakes - Sentient Jet Juvenile - October 6th
Grade 1 $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes - Fillies & Mare Turf- October 7th
Grade 1 $150,000 The Futurity - Juvenile Turf Sprint - October 7th
Grade 1 $400,00 Frizette Stakes - Juvenile Fillies - October 7th
September 29th, dubbed Super Saturday, will feature the first three "Win and You're In" races, while the following Sunday will feature Grade 2 and 3 stakes races as well. October 6th and 7th will continue with the "Win and You're In" action as well as two more Grade 2 stakes. Jockey Club Gold Day will be aired on Belmont Park Live on MSG+ from 4-6pm. NBC will provide live coverage of Champagne Day, October 6th, beginning at 4:30pm.
Saturday, October 20th will feature 8 stakes races worth $1.75 million highlighting New York-breds in the $300,000 Empire Classic at 1 1/8 miles.
Belmont Park will feature live racing each weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 6th. Starting September 19th, racing fans will enjoy five days of live racing Wednesday through Sunday. General parking is free and admission is only $5 if you want to see all of the action live!
Have a great weekend!
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