1st: 4-3-5-1-6…I prefer to skip this one, but if I must I go tepid with Lady America (4). Owned by Bill Casner and trained by Eoin Harty, this one gets her second chance at this level. Made a little move in the last one. I bet the 4 win/place and box in exactas 4-3-5 and 4-3-1.

2nd: 3-7-6-1…Sportscaster, a salty veteran named after my good friend Buzz Baker (just kidding) gets the nod here off some respectable runs at GP on the grass. Those races are good enough here. I bet the 3 to win/place and over/under the other numbers.

3rd: 4-2-6-1…Another one that is hard to pick and one would be much better observing. I finally settle on Fleet Gold Digger (4), who was claimed for $25,000 in last out. If he can return to the form of the past, he can handle these. I bet to win/place and box 4-2-6 and 4-2-1.

4th: 7-4-6-3-2-1…Good betting race here and the first “dot” of the day goes to Perfect Partner (7) – a 3YO colt by Curlin who could come running in the lane to air these. Keep an eye on Cape Angel (3). He comes out of a race against Yoshida – a powerhouse horse and he was not disgraced. I bet the 7 to win/place and then key over/under the rest of the numbers.

5th: 9-4-3-2-1…Barry’s Swing (9) has been on my Horses to Watch list after a couple of nice ones down South. I throw the last one completely and land back here with my second “dot” (must use) play of the day. I bet the 9 to win/place and then wheel over and under the rest of the numbers.

6th: 9-6-2-1-5-7…Nice betting race here with a lot of really good options. I settle on Counterforce (9), who gets the third race in this cycle and had a tough trip in the last. Cleaner going today and this one could be really ready to fire. The “dot” horse here, though, goes to Goats Town (6), a horse I really like Has been facing tough, tough ones and this is lighter today. I box the 9-6 in the exactas and then wheel both of them over/under the rest of the numbers. I bet them 9 to win/place and the 6 across the board.

7th: 11-9-8-7…with 3-5-1-6…Interesting number exchange that I don’t often utilize, but I love Jaunt (11) in here today. Been waiting for this daughter of Harlan’s Holiday to run back and will land hard here on this one. Just needs a good trip from the outside. Key angle is the jockey change. Huge improvement. I bet the 11 (BET OF THE DAY) to win/place…key in the Pick 3 and Doubles…and wheel over and under the 9-8-7 larger, but wheel over/under the 3-5-1-6 to cover.

8th: 8-6-5-3…Sardinia (8) gets another “dot” here. She gets back to the dirt today and this daughter of Tapit prefers this surface. I bet to win/place and key over/under the others.

9th: 10-6-8-3-5-9…Another one of my key selections draws outside, but with this length of race, this colt should have plenty of time to recover. Love Cite (10) to dominate this field today. I bet to win/place and key over/under the rest. A HTW is the (3) – Mucho Macho Bets, for trainer Lori Hendrickson. This one ran a huge number over this grass before. If he duplicates that, he could ring a good number up there on the board.

10th: 10-7-4-3-1…The finale is for those who haven’t had enough, and I’ve been there before. I go with the (10) in the 10th – Spicoli. Throw out the last one completely, and this one dominates this field with a return to the previous form. Gets Lanerie and Maker has to be itching for a win. I bet to win/place and key over and under the rest of the numbers. One to watch may be Guilty Streak (3).

Good luck &

All the Best/Gene

P.S.: I hope you jumped on our selection in the G1 Gold Cup yesterday. We hammered Cupid and he delivered. I hope you rode that love train all the way to the winner’s circle and the cashier.

He went very well,” said trainer Bob Baffert, who also has West Coast ticketed for the Pegasus with Javier Castellano to ride. “I’m really happy.”

Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert , about the colt, Collected, who worked for the upcoming $16 million Pegasus World Cup and a rematch with the grand Champ Gun Runner at Santa Anita on Monday. He went 7 furlongs in 1:24.20 with rider Mike Smith in the saddle
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    Gene McLean

    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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