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HRN Sunday Picks: English Channel, Anoakia, Dowager

Each weekend we reach out to our network of editors, writers and bloggers for their thoughts on the country’s biggest stakes races.

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On Sunday, we’ve lined up stakes picks from coast to coast, starting with Belmont’s English Channel, then to Santa Anita’s Anoakia and finally Keeneland’s Dowager.

Best of luck! Now, to the picks…

$100,000 English Channel Stakes (4:13 p.m. ET at Belmont Park)

Jeffrey Byrnes, Byrnzzze’s Corner (@jeffbyrnes96)

Winner: #10 Souper Tapit

On the board: #3 Let’s Get Loud, #11 Fact Finding

Longshot I like: #6 No Dozing

Analysis: Souper Tapit returns to the races off a five-month layoff. The last time we saw him, he won the Marine Stakes at Woodbine over the Tapeta surface. After three races on dirt, the Live Oak homebred switched to a different surface and dominated his competition. This will be his turf debut, but his pedigree suggests he should take to the surface. His dam, Grade 1 winner Zo Impressive, has a family that’s full of turf winners. Coming into this race off a bullet work on Oct. 14, this son of Tapit is ready to roll on the Belmont turf course.

Jarrod Horak (@jchorak)

Winner: #6 No Dozing

On the board: #3 Let’s Get Loud, #10 Souper Tapit

Longshot I like: #4 Dalarna

Analysis: No Dozing was overmatched in the G1 Allen Jerkens last time. Dam has produced two turf winners and trainer Delacour is 14-for-42 (33%) first turf.

Casey Laughter, The Tattooed Tracksider (@writingcasey)

Winner: #10 Souper Tapit

On the Board: #6 No Dozing, #3 Let’s Get Loud

Longshot I like: #2 Lunaire

Analysis: I think Souper Tapit will do just fine on the turf after running on the all-weather at Woodbine last out. This will also be No Dozing’s first start on the turf, so I am anticipating he can move up a bit.

Jasen Mangrum, Handicapper’s Corner (@Cappercorner)

Winner: #10 Souper Tapit

On the board: #6 No Dozing, #11 Fact Finding

Longshot I like: #2 Lumaire

Analysis: Souper Tapit has never raced on the grass, but a repeat of his only effort over Polytrack will put him straight in the winner’s circle.No Dozing has also yet to try turf, but is bred for lawn and a mile is his best distance. #11 Fact Finding looks to be the dangerous lone speed in the race.

My plays: $2 trifecta 10/2,3,6,11/2,3,6,11=$24 $1 trifecta 2,3,6,11/10/2,3,6,11=$12 Total Bet=$36

Matt Scott, 55,000 Furlongs to the Finish

Winner: #3 Let’s Get Loud

On the board: #10 Souper Tapit

Analysis: The weather looks to keep this on the turf, so limiting the selections, Souper Tapit could put in quite a show as a first time turf starter. However, I’ll stick with Chad Brown and the greenly raced Lets Get Loud when the running is on the green stuff.

Matt Shifman, NY State of Racing (@andyscoggin)

Winner: #11 Fact Finding

On the board: #3 Let’s Get Loud, #10 Souper Tapit

Longshot I like: #2 Lunaire

Analysis: The English Channel attracted a mixed bag of runners that includes horses that were briefly on the Kentucky Derby trail, some of which have not yet run on the grass. Fact Finding won three in a row to start his career and then something went amiss in the Sam F. Davis. I think his return in the turf sprint could be pointing to a big effort here.

To view staff picks for the Anoakia and Dowager, please visit Horse Racing Nation.