by Eddie Olczyk
September 18, 2020
Xpressbet and NBC Sports handicapper Eddie Olczyk is back to provide a pair of best bets on Belmont Park’s opening weekend Saturday, September 19 card.
Race 4 (2:35PM ET) // Claiming // 6 Furlongs (Dirt)
#8 MINE THE COIN (9-2 ML)
The turn-back in distance should be key after a 1-1/8 miles try at Saratoga that resulted in a solid third-place finish. He’s back to sprinting and proven over the Belmont track in June in a similar assignment. Win bet.
Race 9 (5:14PM ET) // Optional Claiming // 7 Furlongs (Turf)
#4 OPT (8-1 ML)
This elongated turf sprint sets up nicely for Opt’s closing kick. There’s a lot of pace in the race with Call Me Harry, Fast Getaway, Noble Emotion, Bustin Shout and Shiraz all battling for the lead. Opt is a course winner and 3-for-3 in the money on the Belmont turf. Win bet. (turf-only pick)