The top two choices in today’s featured eighth from Belmont Park—it’s really the seventh but we’ll pass since that sprint is on turf and we lost a selection yesterday—and it’s a two-horse race on paper.

It’s really close between Poppa’s Pick (5-2) and Trouble In Dodge (3-1). The former has won five races lifetime as opposed to the latter’s one, albeit over classier rivals. But we’re taking the former for one reason.

Poppa’s Pick was claimed for $7,500 on the mega-drop two back and then improved in its first start for Steve Asmussen. But note the owner is Toby Sheets, Asmussen’s number one assistant.

Sheets has done this before--making astute claims, so we’ll ride the wave, especially with Ramon Dominguez putting his mount in excellent position from the get-go.

Taking Poppa’s Pick to win at 2-1 or greater and an excellent box with Trouble In Dodge.

Running Totals: (1082) 333-211-161 Total Dollar Return: $2,290.90 [win selections only]