Horse racing continues to take place daily during the coronavirus pandemic, and on Saturday a spot in the Breeders' Cup Sprint will be on the line when an evenly-matched field of sprinters and milers squares off in the 2020 Carter Handicap at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The Shug McGaughey-trained Performer has been installed as a 3-1 favorite in the Carter Handicap.
The race is the fourth leg of the Empire 6 at Belmont Park, which begins with Race 6 at 3:59 p.m. ET and ends with Race 11. Racing insider Bob Weir has handicapped each of the races in the Pick 6, and with the six-race sequence featuring competitive fields, be sure to see his horse racing predictions before making any Empire 6 picks at Belmont Park for Saturday, June 6.
Based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Weir has been handicapping and following horse racing since reading Andy Beyer's landmark handicapping book "Picking Winners" in the late 1980s. Weir is highly invested in the Beyer Speed Figure, a number assigned to every race run by a horse that measures how fast the horse ran. He uses the figure as the backbone of his handicapping. In fact, thanks to his proficiency with speed figures and top-tier handicapping, he landed one of just eight spots on Beyer's figure-making team in 2017, a position he holds to this day.
Weir's methodology has produced multiple five-figure days. In 2014, he hit a $60,000 Pick 6 at Del Mar on a $144 ticket. The following year, he nailed a $31,000 Pick 6 at Gulfstream Park on a $36 investment. In 2016 and 2017, Weir qualified for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas.
And this year, his first for SportsLine, Weir has been on fire on his horse racing picks. In January he crushed the Pegasus World Cup, giving out an $8 exacta and a $1 trifecta, winning $757.60. In February's Sam F. Davis Stakes, he gave out the $.50 superfecta, which paid $150.75. In March Weir correctly pegged Wells Bayou to win the Louisiana Derby.
He nailed the late Pick 4 at Gulfstream Park on both April 9 and April 10, hitting for $827.65 and $394.65, respectively. He cashed the Pick 4 again at the same track on April 30, May 2 and on May 15.
Now, Weir has handicapped the Empire 6 at Belmont Park for Saturday, June 6, made his picks and constructed his best bets. You can head here to see them.
Top Belmont Park Empire 6 predictions for June 6
Weir is high on Flop Shot, a 6-1 long shot in the Fort Marcy Stakes, the opening leg of the Empire 6. Bred in Ireland, this 4-year-old son of New Approach has two wins, one second and three thirds in six career starts. He last raced in August, finishing third in a Group 2 race at Deauville.
Saturday will be Flop Shot's North American debut. "[Trainer Chad] Brown has had a lot of success with European imports for owner Peter Brant, and this looks to be another one," Weir tells SportsLine.
Weir also is high on Code of Honor, the 6-5 favorite in the Westchester Stakes, the second leg of the Empire 6. This 4-year-old son of Noble Mission has five wins, two seconds and one third in 10 career starts. Last year he won three straight races, including two Grade 1s: the Travers Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup.
On Saturday he makes his 4-year-old debut for trainer Shug McGaughey. "My only concern is the layoff, but note that he won his debut, not something McGaughey is known for," Weir added.
How to make Belmont Park Empire 6 selections for June 6
In addition, Weir is high on a double-digit long shot on Saturday. Weir says this horse "gets some unofficial class relief" on Saturday and could light up the tote board and spice up the Empire 6. He's sharing his Empire 6 grid only at SportsLine.
How has Weir constructed his Empire 6 ticket for Saturday? And which double-digit long shot can win at a big price? Visit SportsLine to see Weir's picks for the Empire 6 at Belmont Park on Saturday, and find out.