It’s Belmont Stakes day so that means it’s a great opportunity to abide by one of our favorite slogans of life…Back a horse and get paid!!!

Without further ado let’s dive into the pool and hope our plunge will net a payday. The great thing about this sport is it can be low risk and high yield. We will make selections in the late all Stakes pick 4. It is a 50 cent wager and we will make multiple selections in each race with each combination costing 50 cents. Our strategy here is to pick a longer shot and one of the favorites so as we can hopefully take a swing at a nice return on our investment. Of course we could have a large ticket if we pick enough horses, but a hillbilly’s strategy is usually keep the ticket price down and the payout can yield a much better return on your money. Also, if we pick fewer horses that means less thinking and on a day like today with all the good runners, sometimes less thinking is good!

Race 8 Longines Just A Game Stakes 1 mile on turf fillies and mares 4 and up post time 2:58 central

We are going three wide in the opening leg with hopes of being alive after the first race. We like the 1 horse Zofelle (8-1 morning line) because Brendan Walsh trained, Tyler Gafflione rides, and she is an Irish bred that is Stakes tested. Let’s take another swing with the 8 horse Althiqa (8-1). Coming from across the pond, this invader picks up big money Mike Smith in the Irons. Lastly we like the 11 Blowout (4-1). Chad Brown trained and coming in off a Stakes win at the distance.

Race 9 Met Mile 1 mile on dirt for three year olds and up post time 3:42 central.

Our longer shot in this race will be the 5 By My Standards (10-1). He is by Goldencents and won last out at the distance. Bret Calhoun trains and Gabriel Saez rides this runner that has been in the top three in twelve of fifteen lifetime starts. We also like the 6 Knicks Go (6-5). Brad Cox trained and possesses a key element in a one turn mile…front end speed.

Race 10 Manhattan Stakes 1 1/4 miles on turf four year olds and up post time 4:38 central

Let’s take a swing with the 7 horse Channel Cat (12-1). He won the Man o’War Stakes last out at Belmont Park and has John Velazquez in the irons. We also like the 10 Colonel Liam (5-2). Trained by Todd Pletcher, he is 3 for 3 this year against top company.

Race 11 Belmont Stakes 1 1/2 miles on dirt for three year olds post time 5:49 central

For the final leg we will select two of the more favored horses. Our top pick is the 2 Essential Quality (2-1). this son of Tapit has the goods to get it done and we don’t want to not cash because we did not have the favorite in the final leg. My other selection is the 4 Hot Rod Charlie (7-2). This son of the hard knocking Oxbow has a real shot to give trainer Doug O’Neill his first Belmont win and he also has Flavien Prat aboard.

This ticket will cost $12 and depending on how the post time odds shake out it could pay quite handsomely depending on who wins. Playing is a BIG part of the fun here…Back a horse and get paid!