Belmont Park’s Saturday Race Card Offers a Pair of Graded Events

The end of October marks the calm before the storm heading into the annual Breeders’ Cup the first weekend in November. This year’s 14 Breeders’ Cup events covering two days of racing will be held at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Southern California.

Juveniles take center state on Friday, Nov. 5 with five graded races offering $7 million in total price money. Saturday’s card at Del Mar features the next nine events highlighted by the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

In the meantime, serious horse bettors can turn their attention to this Saturday’s race card at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The first event is the Noble Damsel Stakes for fillies and mares three and older.

This Grade 3 stakes race covers one mile on the turf track at Belmont. The total price purse for this year’s event is set at $200,000. Horse Racing Nation has identified eight probable contenders with the actual field still coming together.

My top choice to win this year’s Noble Damsel would be Tamahere if trainer Chad Brown gives this four-year old French-bred filly the green light to run. She is coming off a victory at Monmouth Park on Sept. 25 in the ungraded Violet Stakes.

As far as the main event for Saturday’s race card at Belmont, HRN has listed a large field of 11 contenders as probable for this year’s Grade 2 Hill Prince Stakes.

Open to three-year old Thoroughbreds, this race on the turf at Belmont covers 1 1/8 miles in total distance. The prize money up for grabs in the featured event of the day is $400,000. Below are my top three choices to finish in the money in this year’s Hill Prince Stakes.

2021 Hill Prince Stakes Predictions

Win Bet - Public Sector

Coming off an impressive victory in this year’s Grade 3 Saranac Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 4, I am going with Public Sector as my favorite to win again this Saturday. Trained by Chad Brown and bred in Great Britain, this three-year old colt has been on a roll all year long.

Prior to the win at Saratoga, the son of Kingman finished in the money in his previous four races. Part of that run was a victory in the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 6.

Place Bet - Never Surprised

Trained by Todd Pletcher, this three-year old Kentucky-bred colt was the place horse in the Saranac Stakes. He should get another shot at beating Public Sector this time around but I am betting on the same 1-2 finish.

Sired by Constitution, this colt has raced four times in his career with a pair of victories complementing a pair of second-place runs in his last two events. He placed second in the Grade 3 Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park to start the year.

Show Bet - Hilliard

I went a bit deeper in the projected field to come up with my show pick. Trained by Michael Makers, Hilliard showed quite a bit of fight in his recent second-place run his last time out at Belmont Park on Oct. 2.

The three-year old gelding has been a work in progress with a slow start to his career as a juvenile. He won a Maiden Claimer race at Belmont on July 1 to turn things around. The son of Temple City has now placed in the money in three of his last four races.

Prepare for next month's Breeders' Cup with our Breeders' Cup betting tips.

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It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

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