by Jerry Shottenkirk
October 24, 2021
Belmont is the Sunday stop this week, and the Late Pick 4 (races 7-10) features the $100,000 Point Of Entry Stakes, which is a free-for-all at 1.5 miles on the turf.
The sequence has a claiming, a starter allowance and a maiden-claiming race, in addition to the headliner.
This week’s suggested ticket amounts to $54, and here are the players in use on the tickets:
7th Race (3:47 p.m. ET, claiming)
EAST WING gave a decent effort for a half-mile against a higher level in her first Belmont, and her claiming price is cut in half for this second.
Not only should having had a start over the track help, but the class level should give her a solid chance. Eric Cancel keeps the mount, and that is a good sign.
Also on the ticket: MISS PEPPINA
8th Race (4:21 p.m. ET, starter allowance)
OCEAN AIR closed fourth lengths in the stretch but didn’t improve position in his first here, which came at this level. Closed it out nicely in his last race at Saratoga two back and he’ll be tough at this starter level.
Is 0-for-3 at Belmont but has been close for this price and can benefit from a stalking inside trip. Rates the edge, but this is a wide-open race, and several runners are used here.
Also on the ticket: LIDO KEY, GAMBLIN CAT, COMMAND POINT, EXOTIC WEST, GREY CHARLOTTE.
9th Race (4:52 p.m. ET, Point Of Entry S.)
BEACON HILL ran a bad one in the first of his career, and that was it as far as bad marks go.
In the six races since then, he’s won three, placed second in one and third in another. He’s never been in a stakes race, and it looks like his connections have picked out a good spot for his first one at this level.
Has excellent form and his first chance at 1.5 miles should cause headaches for others.
Also on the ticket: TIDE OF THE SEA, SHAMROCKET.
10th Race (5:23 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
KISSES FOR VAL is the slight favorite in the final race of this sequence. He comes out of an open race in which he battled for the lead for a half-mile and faltered to eighth late.
He gets appreciate Ramos after carrying some veterans, and that could be a good thing here as appreciate riders let them roll – which is what this horse could need.
This is a pick ‘em between the three listed here and a trip on the outside and away from traffic can make him a big threat.
Also on the ticket: SUIT OF ARMOR, DISTRACTANDATTACK,KISSES FOR VAL.
Race 7) #7 East Wing, #8 Miss Peppina.
Race 8) #1 Lido Key, #2 Ocean Air, #7 Gamblin Cat, #8 Command Point, #11 Exotic West, #12 Grey Charlotte.
Race 9) #1 Tide of the Sea, #2 Shamrocket, #5 Beacon Hill.
Race 10) #4 Suit of Armor, #8 Distractandattack, #11 Kisses for Val.
Total Ticket Cost) 7,8/1,2,7,8,11,12/1,2,5/4,8,11 = $54 for $0.50