Barish’s Free Pick for Belmont

Belmont Park

Race 8

A $35k claiming race on turf to be run at one mile. Top choice is No. 1 Variant Perception. This is a pretty steady horse speed figure wise. What’s exceptional are trainer Michelle Nevin’s stats when it comes to sprint to route types, and teaming with jockey Jose Ortiz (a whopping 26%). No. 7 Bad Guy fits in with this group and should offer value for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. No. 5 The Last Zip drops in class and will compete among claimers for the first time. He’s the horse that will try to take them gate to wire as the likely favorite.

The Pick: Win/Place 1 Exacta Box 1-5-7 Trifecta Box 1-3-5-7