Eddie Olczyk: Saturday Spot Plays | September 18, 2021

1/ST and NBC handicapper Eddie Olczyk takes his handicapping talents to Belmont Park for a pair of Saturday keys. Follow Edzo’s plays each week – only with 1/ST and Xpressbet!

Belmont Park

Race 7 // 4:08 pm ET // allowance-optional claiming // 1-1/16 miles (inner turf)

#4 Hot Blooded (12-1 ML)

0-for-the-year after 7 starts is a concern, but he drops out of a tough, older-conditioned allowance race last out and is back in with 3-year-olds. I’d like to see an off-the-pace run and the value is there at 12-1 morning line. Win-place-show bet.


Belmont Park

Race 10 // 5:45 pm ET // $1 million Jockey Club Derby Invitational // 1-1/2 miles (turf)

#3 Tokyo Gold (8-1 ML)

After some travel issues last time, I love to see Johnny V. back up in the saddle. This should have a little quicker pace to run into and that could make the difference after a runner-up finish in the Belmont Derby in July. Win-Place bet.

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