Top Weekend Horse Bets at Keeneland & Belmont Park

The horse betting world continues to gear up for this year’s Breeders Cup races at Keeneland Race Course on Nov. 6 & Nov. 7. This is the biggest betting event of the year with 14 major graded races on the card over the two-day run. Each one carries a $1 million prize purse or higher.

This weekend’s top races cover two days with the Valley View Stakes at Keeneland on Friday followed by the Hill Prince Stakes on Saturday’s live card at Belmont Park. International racing fans can also turn to the UK. There are a number of Grade 1 races on Saturday’s card at Ascot Racecourse in England.

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2020 Valley View Stakes Preview - Keeneland Race Course

Date: Friday, October 16th 2020

The Valley View is a Grade 3 stakes race open to three-year old fillies. With a set post time of 5:30 p.m. (ET), the race will cover 1 1/16 miles on the turf course at Keeneland.

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The field for this race is set with 11 fillies listed as entered at Horse Racing Nation. The full field should keep this race competitive from start to finish. Trainer William VanMeter could have the filly to beat in Lucky Betty. She will break from the favorable No. 8 post with jockey Declan Cannon getting the ride.

She started her three-year old campaign with a pair of victories at Oaklawn Park back in April. Last time out on Sept. 4, she placed third in the Grade 2 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs. This was her first graded event and her first race on turf.

Another entry to work into the mix is Sugar Mix. This three-year old Florida-bred filly is trained by Saffie Joseph Jr. She drew the No. 9 post for Saturday’s race with Adam Beschizza as the jockey.

She is coming off a fade to fifth at Saratoga in this year’s Grade 3 Lake George Stakes at one mile on turf. This followed a pair of earlier victories in an Allowance Claimer at Tampa Bay Downs and a Claiming race at Saratoga.

A few other entries to add to the horse betting exotics watch list are Walk In Marrakesh at No. 4 and Pranked at No. 7.

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2020 Hill Prince Stakes Preview - Belmont Park

Date: Saturday, October 17th 2020

Saturday’s featured race at Belmont Park is a Grade 2 event. It will be run on turf at a distance of one mile. The Hill Prince is open to three-year old Thoroughbreds.

This field is still coming together. One of the top contenders that is listed as probable is Decorated Invader with a HRN rating of 6.36. Trained by Christophe Clement, this three-year old Kentucky-bred colt is looking to improve upon a disappointing fifth-place finish in the ungraded Saratoga Derby on Aug. 15.

This snapped a string of three-straight victories. Two of those wins were in graded events, including the Grade 2 Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont on June 20. The son of Declaration of War covered the mile run on turf in 1:33.66. This appears to be his preferred distance as another plus for Saturday.

Island Commish could be a solid play in an exacta play if trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. decides to run this the three-year old in this race.

His last race was at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 16. The son of Commissioner placed second in the Grade 3 Franklin-Simpson Stakes at 6½ furlongs. He started the year with a victory in the ungraded Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Horse bettors can wager on both races at America's Bookie or BetOnline.

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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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