Horse Racing picks for Belmont at the Big A on Sunday, September 24: El Grande O can run a big race

Jockey Leslie Mawing atop Highwaytwentyseven (5) wins the second race of the day as the Tampa Bay Downs
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Martin Pennington

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American racing handicapper for Pickswise with decades of experience tipping on horse racing all around the world. My favorite ever horse was British runner Quevega and always on the lookout for the next one to capture my attention. Have contributed to the Racing Post newspaper in the UK and now bringing my handicapping talents to Pickswise. For Martin Pennington media enquiries, please email

There is plenty of great horse racing across America on Sunday, including the Belmont at the Big A meeting at Aqueduct race track. We have been in fine form with our picks for a long time now and we are up +189.25 units with our race selections to our recommended stakes dating back to August 5, 2021. Let’s keep it rolling!

Here are our best bets for today’s action at the Belmont at the Big A meeting.

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1:05 pm ET Belmont at the Big A (Race 1) – Revolving Credit 4/5 (3-star play)

This daughter of Classic Empire showed ability when placing 3rd when making her debut in a 7-furlong maiden special weight at Saratoga in July. The Chad Brown-trained filly confirmed that promise by taking a step forward to deliver a half-length 2nd when stepped up to a mile at the same venue last month. That latest effort came on a muddy track and, having drawn the rail, she is taken to break her maiden at the third attempt. 

1:36 pm ET Belmont at the Big A (Race 2) – Caldwell Luvs Gold 4/5 (3-star play)

Trained by Brad Cox, Caldwell Luvs Gold, $73,000 yearling purchase, made the perfect start to her racing career when scoring by 2.75 lengths in a 6-furlong maiden special weight at Saratoga in July. The Goldencents filly followed up when registering her first stakes triumph over the same track and trip a month later. With the extra furlong today unlikely to be an issue, she is taken to maintain her unbeaten record with Florent Geroux booked to ride. 

4:49 pm ET Belmont at the Big A (Race 8) – El Grande O 8/5 (2-star play)

El Grande O is the most experienced runner in this field, having made 5 starts and finishing on the board on each occasion. His two most recent efforts have come in stakes company on the main track at Saratoga, including when losing out by a head when runner-up in the Funny Cide Stakes over 6 furlongs 4 weeks ago. Linda Rice’s colt delivered a career-best figure that day and looks up to going one better today. 


Early Pick 3

Race 1: 1, 2
Race 2: 2, 3
Race 3: 3, 7

Stake: $2
Total stake: $16

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