Horse racing continues to take place daily during the coronavirus pandemic, and on Sunday the Chad Brown-trained Front Run the Fed will try to get back into the winner's circle when he leaves the starting gate in an optional-claiming race at Belmont Park. This 4-year-old son of Fed Biz has lost back-to-back starts after starting 2019 with three straight wins. On Sunday he has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Race 9, a seven-furlong turf race that drew 10 entrants and one main-track-only runner.
The race is the third leg of the late Pick 4, which requires a bettor to pick the winner of four consecutive races. The four-race sequence begins with Race 7 at 4:32 p.m. ET and ends with Race 10. Racing insider Bob Weir, who has hit the Pick 4 four times in his last seven attempts, has handicapped each of the races in the Pick 4, and with the sequence featuring competitive fields, you'll want to see his horse racing predictions and best bets before building any late Pick 4 tickets at Belmont Park for Sunday, July 5.
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. The following year, he nailed a $31,000 Pick 6 at Gulfstream Park. In 2016 and 2017, Weir qualified for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas.
And this year, his first making horse racing picks for SportsLine, Weir has been on fire. In January he crushed the Pegasus World Cup, giving out an $8 exacta and a $1 trifecta, winning $757.60. He nailed the late Pick 4 at Gulfstream Park on both April 9 and April 10, hitting for $827.65 and $394.65. On June 13 Weir hit a $2 superfecta in the Ogden Phipps Stakes that paid a whopping $1,039. And he hit the late Pick 4 at Belmont Park on June 18, 19, 25 and on Thursday with last week's score returning a whopping $2,159.50. Those are just some of his hits this year.
Now, Weir has handicapped the late Pick 4 at Belmont Park for Sunday, July 5, made his picks and constructed his best bets. You can head here to see them.
Top Belmont Park Pick 4 predictions for July 5
Weir is high on Tale of the Union, the 2-1 favorite in Race 8, the second leg of the Pick 4. This 4-year-old son of Union Rags is trained by Bob Baffert and has raced just three times in his career. He won his career debut in impressive fashion, in August 2018, but didn't return to the races until May.
He is coming off a third-place in a Belmont allowance race on June 6. "He has continued to train well since that race and makes his third start back after a long layoff," Weir tells SportsLine.
Weir also is high on Delaware, a 5-1 shot in Race 9. This 4-year-old son of Frankel has three wins, three seconds and one third in 12 career starts. He is coming off an eighth-place finish in the First Defence Stakes on June 7.
That was his first race in the United States and first start in nine months. "He switches to jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and can improve for [trainer Chad] Brown making his second start off the layoff," Weir said.
How to make Belmont Park Pick 4 selections for July 5
In addition, Weir is high on a double-digit long shot on Sunday. Weir says this horse tired in his last race "but should be tighter on Sunday" and could light up the toteboard and spice up the Pick 4. He's sharing his Pick 4 grid only at SportsLine.
How has Weir constructed his Pick 4 ticket for Sunday? And which double-digit long shot can win at a big price? Visit SportsLine to see Weir's picks for the late Pick 4 at Belmont Park on Sunday, and find out.