Is today a holiday? Because it sure feels like one to me.This is the kind of day racing fans and horseplayers live for.There’s great racing everywhere you look today, and the results will have a huge impact four weeks from now at Churchill. While a win today for any future Breeder’ Cup contender is not a MUST, a very good effort will be needed to set up for November 5th and 6th.
Not all the races today are wagering opportunities, from a value standpoint. Lookin at Lucky stands out in the Indiana Derby, so best to hope for bombs to fill out the tri.
Zenyatta, will again be a joy to watch, and that’s all I’ll be doing for the Ladies Secret.
Though I hate to say it, the little turbo-charged Blind Luck looks a tad bit vulnerable in the Cotillion. Not because she’s NOT the best horse, because I believe she is, but she is giving a lot of weight to a couple of nice horses, AND she once again, has to ship. But I will be rooting for her just the same.
But I will be taking a shot in the All Stakes Pick 4 at Belmont, so here goes...
Flower Bowl #3 & #5
#3 Changing Skies – loves to run fresh, she’s consistent, and likes a cut in the ground
#5 Ave – throw out last, she is rounding into form
Beldame #4 & #6
#4 Unrivaled Belle – loves Belmont, and has had a freshening,
#6 Persistently - improving and has a good late kick
Joe Hirsch Invite # 1 & #9
#1 Grassy, yes, I think Grassy has a chance to upset in here… but he needs a good trip. He likes it soft, I think the distance will suit him, he has a nice bullet coming in and it could be a Claiborne win parlay to the JCGC, however...
#9 If Paddy likes soft turf, then it’s all over
JCGC #1 & #2
#1 Fly Down - definitely has a shot to upset, but I think it’s all about….
#2 Blame - the one to BEAT !
Good Luck with all your wagers and a safe trip to all!