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Mike’s Free Selections for Sunday September 25:
Belmont Park Race 4 Md Sp Wt (3:04 ET)
- No.2 War of Ideas 7-2
- No.7 River Echo 8-1
- No.9 Ballagh Rocks 5-2
- No.8 Three Perfections 10-1
War of Ideas makes his first start since his debut last October where he made a mild late run to finish fourth here going seven furlongs. The winner of that race was Jan’s Reserved, who won the King’s Swan in his next start at Aqueduct by 7 1/2 lengths. The Brown trainee is by War Front out of the dirt stakes winner Hightap ($300,345) who has dropped one dirt winner. The barn is 25% winners with runners coming back off a +180 day layoff. Decent works on the morning tab and this guy figures to be ready to go off the bench.
River Echo is one of two in here sent out by the Mott barn and Junior lands on this guy despite also riding Ballagh Rocks, who was a good second in his last outing. He sticks with a colt that was fifth last out in a key race, the top pair and the sixth place finisher next out winners. He makes his third start off the bench and has enough pedigree to handle the stretch out.
WIN: #2 to win at 5-2 or better.
EX: 2,7 / 2,7,8,9
TRI: 2,7 / 2,7,8,9 / 2,6,7,8,9
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Last Updated Saturday, September 24, 2016