Day: June 20, 2020

Zerillo’s Belmont Stakes Day Betting Guide: Picks and Exotics for Every Race at Big Sandy (June 20) – The Action Network

Handicapping Saturday’s 12-race card for Belmont Stakes Day, in Elmont, New York, is about as bittersweet of a sports moment as I have had personally since going into lockdown back in mid-March.

Belmont Stakes Day is one of my favorite traditions — and Belmont Park is a place where I have been fortunate enough to witness history, twice, as American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2018) completed their runs for the Triple Crown. The sound of the grandstand as American Pharoah pulled away down the stretch will stay with me forever.

The 2020 Belmont Stakes Day card isn’t as dense as it has been in previous years, in what has amounted to a mid-season Breeder’s Cup equivalent.

Last year, NYRA featured nine graded stakes races, including eight Grade 1 affairs, whereas the 2020 edition only features six graded stakes races, including four Grade 1 events.

My single favorite stakes race, the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile, was moved to the July 4 Belmont card, along with the Manhattan Stakes (G-1), which typically precedes the Belmont Stakes.

Saturday’s racing at Belmont Park goes to post at 11:45 a.m. ET – which starts the early $0.50 Pick 5.

Here are the other vital multi-race sequences on the card:

  • Race 2, 12:25 p.m ET ($0.50 Pick 4)
  • Race 5, 2:19 p.m. ET ($0.20 Empire Pick 6)
  • Race 6, 3:01 p.m. ET (Mandatory Payout Pick 5)
  • Race 7, 3:39 p.m. ET ($0.50 Pick 4)
  • Race 8, 4:15 p.m. ET ($0.50 Late Pick 5)
  • Race 9, 4:53 p.m. ET ($0.50 Late Pick 4)

As a result, I will

Mobile Sports Betting Underway In Illinois – – USBettingReport

After almost a year, mobile sports betting is officially underway in Illinois, although there is just one betting option currently available. BetRivers became the first online sports betting operator in Illinois on Thursday. Several more are expected to join the club over the next few months.

Sports betting officially launched in Illinois on March 9, just days before the sports world was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rivers Casino in Des Plaines was the first casino to offer sports betting, and it is the only one able to take any bets in currently.

Governor JB Pritzker announced that all casinos must shut down just days later in an effort to stop the spread of the virus, and the casinos remain closed today. This effectively shut down the sports betting industry in the state as retail sports betting was the only option.

Earlier this month, Pritzker issued an executive order that took away the in-person registration requirement to create a sports betting account. This gave new life to the sports betting industry, but there was still a major problem.

Customers were now allowed to sign up directly at an online sports betting site, but no such options existed in the state. That all changed on Thursday morning when Rivers Casino launched their popular mobile app, BetRivers.

First In Line

BetRivers operates in several other states around the country, and it was clear that they were going to be the first operator to launch. BetRivers began