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Flower Bowl Stakes Betting Tips – Hit It Rich Will Hit It Rich At Belmont Park

Posted by Marco Sussman on 9/20/2012 7:30:17 PM

Sports betting players should get a whale of a race in the Grade-1 Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park, as there is a stellar field entered in this 1 ¼-mile event. A pair of older horses should battle for the victory and Hit It Rich is the one to back.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, September 29th, post time TBD
Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY
Pick: Hit It Rich

Dream Peace has made seven starts in her racing career, and all seven have come in graded-stakes races, so she should be used to the level of competition. From Ireland, the four-year-old filly finished second in the Grade-1 Diana Handicap at Saratoga, which was Dream Peace’s first start in the United States. She also finished third in the Grade-1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in Canada to end her three-year-old campaign, and Dream Peace has finished third or better in five of her seven starts, which includes a win in the Grade-2 Prix de la Nonette in France.

Hessonite, from New York, has finished second in her last three starts, and this will be her eighth start at Belmont Park. She won her maiden in 2010 as a two-year-old, and then the filly won the New York Stallion Cupecoy’s Joy the next year, and then she won the non-graded Ticonderoga later in 2011. Hessonite did register a second-place run in the non-graded Irish Linnet, and this four-year-old should be a factor for horse betting players.

Hit It Rich is coming off a win in the Grade-3 Glens Falls Handicap at Saratoga, and this five-year-old mare has a very good resume coming into this race. In five races as a five-year-old, Hit It Rich hasn’t finished lower than third, posting two wins and a pair of runner-up results, and she actually has four wins in her last seven starts. Hit It Rich has hit it off nicely with Javier Castellano, who has been in the saddle with the horse for the last six starts and that definitely adds to the comfort level of the horse.

Hungry Island is another horse that has done well with a steady jockey as John Velazquez has been with this four-year-old filly for her five starts, all in 2012, and only once has she finished outside the top three in a start. The pair did finish third at the Grade-1 Just A Game Stakes at Belmont back in June and she does have a win at Belmont under her belt as she rolled to a victory in the Grade-2 Lake Placid Stakes in 2011. Hungry Island has finished outside the top three just twice in 15 starts, but it did take her five times to get her maiden win (which came at Belmont Park).

Mystical Star has been all over the place in her career, posting four wins in nine starts, but two came in allowance races and of course, her maiden win. But she has also finished fifth or lower four times, and she has two eighth-place finishes in her last three starts, two of which came at Belmont Park. Mystical Star did manage to win the Grade-2 New York Stakes here in June and that gives her a puncher’s chance of winning this race, but it’s really a matter of which Mystical Star shows up for this event and that is why horse betting players should be a little skeptical of her.

Zagora won in her last start, the Grade-2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga, and it has been a great 2012 so far for the five-year-old mare from France. In six starts this year, Zagora has won four times, all in graded-stakes races, although she is still looking for her first win in a Grade-1 race in 2012. Even though Zagora comes from France, she has been racing in North America consistently since 2010, and she finished second in the Grade-2 New York Stakes at Belmont Park in 2011.

How It Will Play Out

It currently looks like it could be a battle of experienced five-year-olds as Hit It Rich and Zagora are set to square off, but this is a solid all-around field from top to bottom and it wouldn’t be a major surprise if any horse stepped up and took the victory. In a battle of two horses coming into this race off a win, take Hit It Rich to hold off Zagora in your online betting book.

Flower Bowl Stakes Betting Pick: Hit It Rich

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