Free Picks & Analysis — Who Do Ya Like?
Monday, August 21, 2017
We’re heading back to the Spa on Monday afternoon, for the 28th day of racing at the meet. The 9-race card is headlined by the Evan Shipman Stakes, which will go as race 8.
We’ve got picks & analysis of all nine races from me, managing editor John Piassek (@theyreoff). Yesterday, I had three winners on top, and I’ll hope to continue the hot streak today.
Race 1: Maiden Claiming $50,000, 2yo, 6 Furlongs
4- The Barber: Raced wide over a rail-biased track last out, but still managed a solid second at this level. The third-place finisher in that race came back to break his maiden at Monmouth Park on Friday.
8- Michael Wonderful: Good worker debuts for a sire, Liasion, who hits at 27% with first-time starters. The trainer-jockey combination of Rodriguez and Irad Ortiz finished third with a 13/1 shot in a two-year-old race yesterday.
9- High Risk Strategy: Expensive first-timer raises eyebrows by debuting for a tag. Brown firster can be used in exactas and tris, but I don’t know about win betting.
Race 2: Maiden Claiming $40,000, 3yo and up, Fillies and Mares, 1 1/8 Miles (Grass)
4- Grand Banks: Finished third after dealing with traffic last out against open company. Drops back into New York-breds here, and her brisnet speed figures tower over these. The one to beat.
6- Itsinthemoney: Florida invader gets the hot jockey in Manny Franco, has improved her speed figure in each of her last four races.
5- She Remembered: Hung very badly in her last race, would not take at low odds.
Race 3: Claiming $14,000 (n/w3L), 3yo and up, Fillies and Mares, 6 1/2 Furlongs
4- Madam Amoura
8- Causeway Cutie
Race 4: Maiden Claiming $40,000, 3yo and up, Fillies and Mares, 5 1/2 Furlongs (Grass)
1- Hay Field
3- Tres Charmant
2- Starship Rockette
Race 5: Claiming $50,000, 3yo, 1 Mile (Inner Grass)
7- He’s Cheeky
3- California Swing
Race 6: Allowance (n/w1x), 3yo and up, 6 1/2 Furlongs
3- Run and Go
7- Toby Girl
Race 7: Allowance Optional Claiming (n/w1x), 3yo and up, NY-bred, 1 3/16 Miles (Grass)
2- Vintage Matters
11- Hidden Vow
Race 8: Evan Shipman Stakes, 3yo and up, NY-bred, 1 1/8 Miles
1- Governor Malibu
Race 9: Claiming $50,000 (n/w3L), 3yo and up, 1 Mile (Grass)
8- Conquest Sandman
5- Taste for Talent
10- Tricked Up
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