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Ricky’s Rockets 🚀: Belmont Park, Churchill Downs and Gulfstream Park Picks for May 16, 2021

Ricky’s Rockets 🚀: Belmont Park, Churchill Downs and Gulfstream Park Picks for May 16, 2021


#RickysRockets🚀 continues to make money regardless of what day it is, and the Preakness certainly didn’t disappoint. We weren’t able to capitalize on the Preakness the way we had hoped, but Churchill Downs made up for it! We were able to cash the middle Pick 4 for $1,932.15, and the middle Pick 5 for $18,664.75! That’s the biggest score in the history of #RickysRockets🚀 as well! As we wrap up the weekend, we go back to Belmont Park, Churchill Downs and Gulfstream Park. There’s only one way to continue riding the hot streak, and it’s right HERE!

Also included below: my 9-race preview of Belmont Park, 9-race preview of Churchill Downs, 10-race preview of Gulfstream Park!

Best of luck!

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Belmont Park May 16, 2021

Race 6: Starter Allowance for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and upward going 6 furlongs on the widener turf

#6 Summer At the Spa makes her first start for Michelle Nevin after running all of her races for Jonathan Thomas. In her final race in Thomas’ barn, she was claimed for $30,000. It says a lot that Nevin is choosing to keep her protected in her first race. #9 Translate will look to keep the line moving of impressive runners for Robert Falcone Jr. All of his runners have done well in California this winter, and look to be running well here at Belmont. To this point, all five of his runners have finished in the money.

Race 7: $30,000 Maiden Claiming for New York-bred fillies and mares 3-year-olds and upward going 6 furlongs on the dirt

#1 Lot of Honey doesn’t have to run all that well to win on debut, based on what we’ve seen from all of the other runners. Kendrick Carmouche just needs to get him away from the gate in proper order. #8 Willow Grove is the most likely winner of any of the runners with experience. In his last dirt race, he showed speed and finished second in a similar field.

Race 8: $45,000 Allowance Optional Claiming for New York-bred 3-year-olds and upward going 6 furlongs on the inner turf

#4 Steam Engine will try the turf for the first time, after 17 career dirt attempts. He may be a complete bust on the grass, but Karl Broberg claimed this horse himself after his last race. He’s doing everything he can to put him in a good spot. #7 Big Package has every right to take a step forward in his second start of the year for David Donk. If he can, he will be making a big for his first win of the year.

Race 9: $30,000 Claiming for 3-year-olds and upward going 6 furlongs on the widener turf

#5 Time to Testify hasn’t run against Claiming horses in quite some time, but the last time he did, he finished second against slightly better. Luis Saez is one of the best at getting speed out of his horses, so cutting back in distance isn’t a horrible move. #12 Disciplinarian was pretty awful last time out in a similar spot. If we look at the race before that, he was amazing. I’m not sure which of the two we should be putting more stock into, but he’s been pretty consistent prior to that race.

THE TICKET

$3 Pick 4 (Races 6-9) 6,9 / 1,8 / 4,7 / 5,12 – $48

50¢ Pick 4 (Races 6-9)  5,6,9,12 / 1,8,9 / 4,6,7 / 4,5,12  – $54

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