Timeform US SmartPlays: Sunday September 21

Sunday's three bets come from Belmont
Sunday's three bets come from Belmont

Timeform's US team pick out three bets from Belmont on Sunday.

"Street Game sets a pretty high standard for his rivals to aim at in race 8 at Belmont..."


Here at Timeform, we are very much led by our form-based ratings when assessing the chances of horses, but in certain races there is very little public form to go on, and that's where some of the tools on the TimeformUS site come in particularly handy. The opening dirt maiden claimer at Belmont (18:05 BST) sees Path To Power making just her second start having finished last of six on turf first time out. That looked very much a 'sighter' for today's contest, though, as her TimeformUS pedigree rating for dirt is the maximum 100. That rating, coupled with some very strong workouts on dirt, suggest that we could see a much improved performance from this filly today.

The second race at Belmont (18:36 BST) is a stakes contest for New York-bred two-year-olds, and this can fall the way of a maiden making just his second start. Tizquick was runner-up to the highly-promising Upstart on his debut, where a wide trip didn't help his cause. Upstart has subsequently gone on to win a stakes race and looks like he could take high rank among the US juveniles. This opposition contains nothing of Upstart's calibre, and Tizquick is fancied to get off the mark, earning a valuable prize in the process.

Street Game sets a pretty high standard for his rivals to aim at in race 8 at Belmont (21:45 BST), an 8.5f allowance optional claimer, on the turf. Claimed by his current trainer, Michelle Nevin, last November, this six-year-old has improved significantly in her care, posting career-best Timeform form ratings on his last two starts. A reproduction of either of those efforts would be enough here, with Street Game possessing upwards of 6 lb in hand of this field.

Timeform US SmartPlays

Belmont race 1 (18:05 BST) win back #3 PATH TO POWER at 6.05/1 or longer
Belmont race 2 (18:36 BST) win back #4 TIZQUICK at 4.57/2 or longer
Belmont race 8 (21:45 BST) win back #6 STREET GAME at 3.55/2 or longer

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