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Key Bets & Races for Saturday, December 3

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Go for Wand Handicap - Race #8 at Aqueduct –Post Time 3:43 PM ET

High Ridge Road gets a good outside post for this one turn mile trip as she cuts back from two turns. She won right before that in a one turn mile race, bringing her career record at the trip to a perfect three-for-tree. Two of those three wins came on the trainer change to Rice, who is sizzling hot so far at the meeting (8 for 31) and with the 2nd best last race Equibase Figure (104) in the field, High Ridge Road gets top billing. Bar of Gold is likely to be the heavy favorite coming off an 18 length win. Even though the win came in a one turn route like this one, it came against statebreds and it came on a sloppy track, so I feel the 117 Equibase figure is inflated. Her best before that was a solid 102 and Rosario rides back so she can't be discounted as a contender for exactas and pick 3's but there are others here offering better value for win bets. Highway Star, like Bar of Gold, is a NY bred who just won against her own kind and who is facing open company. Her won over the track last month at 7 furlongs was her best effort yet and she's four-for-four around one turn on dirt so she rounds out a trio that stands out against the other four entrants. 

Bet High Ridge Road to win at odds of 2 to 1 or more. Consider a second win bet, on Highway Star, at 5 to 2 or more.

Play an exacta box consisting of High Ridge Road, Bar of Gold and Highway Star.

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Key Bets & Races for Saturday, November 26

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My Charmer Handicap - Race #5 at Gulfstream Park West – Post Time 2 PM ET

Secret Someone should really appreciate the drop to grade 3 stakes. She ran poorly (9th) in a grade 1 last time out and as poorly (8th) in a grade 1 two before that. However, she won the Ladies' Turf Stakes at Kentucky Downs in between those two and won the Lady Canterbury Stakes in June, both wins coming off the trainer change to Stidham. McCarthy comes in from Maryland to ride and at 8/1 this gal may be tough to beat and easy to bet. Strike Charmer is the other main win contender, as her effort last out on soft turf can be ignored, as can her grade 1 try prior to that. Three back she won the Grade 2 Ballston Spa and Junior Alvarado, up for that win, is in from New York to ride. 

Bet Secret Someone to win at odds of 2 to 1 or more

Play an exacta consisting of Secret Someone and Strike Charmer over Secret Someone, Strike Charmer, Dad's Princess, Stormy Victoria, Sea Coast and Isabella Sings.

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Key Bets & Races for Saturday, November 19

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A quick recap on last week's Key Bets! If you followed along, we cashed on several recommended exactas (3 of 4) with $1 exactas payouts of $68, $106, and $30! We also had a $21 winner and a $17 place price. Be sure to follow along this week!


Notebook Stakes - Race #5 at Aqueduct – Post Time 2:17 PM ET

Bourbon Empire was highly impressive in his career debut 24 days ago, showing maturity to rally from 5th of 10 early and pulling off to win by 4 lengths at the end. Junior Alvarado rides back and with a best of 41 half-mile workout as his most recent showing he's in great form, and with lots of improving to do in his 2nd career start, Bourbon Empire should be tough to beat. "IF" he draws into the race, Breeze Burner is worth a win, win/place or win/place/show bet because although he only won a 25K maiden claimer at Delaware Park in his career debut in September, it caught the attention of sharp owner Michael Dubb and top trainer Rudy Rodriguez, so much so he was privately purchased and entered in this stakes for NY Breds only off that "open" (not restricted) maiden claiming win.

Bet Bourbon Empire to win at odds of 2 to 1 or more.

Consider additional win bet (or win/place or win/place/show) on Breeze Burner at odds of 6 to 1 or more.

Play an exacta consisting of Bourbon Empire over ALL

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Key Bets & Races for Saturday, November 12

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Red Smith Handicap - Race #7 at Aqueduct –Post Time 3:17 PM ET

Smooth Daddy opens at 15/1 odds but could as easily be as low odds as many of other contenders based on the company he's faced, and finished 2nd to, in 3 of his last 4 races including Grade 1 stakes winners Twilight Eclipse and Ironicus. Smooth Daddy has great tactical speed and should be first or 2nd from the start and the 108 Equibase Figure effort put forth in his runner-up finish in may in the Grade 3 Fort Marcy could be good enough to post the upset here. Messi, Bigger Picture and Wake Forest are all contenders to win as well but as for Wake Forest,with a 1 for 6 record in the U.S., he's a bad win bet opening at 8/5 odds. Messi won the Grade 2 Sky Classic one before last when Prado rode him for the first time and Prado gets back on after a one race absence so he could be playable to win as well. Bigger Picture has three wins and a nose defeat since the Maker claim last November and fits perfectly at the level. Arties Silver Mine just ran the best race of his career and ships in from Woodbine, picking up Irad Ortiz, Jr. so is another that could help us profit here.

Bet Smooth Daddy to win and place at 3 to 1 or more.

Consider additional win bet (or win/place bets) on Messi, Bigger Picture and Arties Silver Mine.

Play an exacta consisting of Smooth Daddy, Messi, Bigger Picture, Wake Forest and Arties Silver Mine over Smooth Daddy, Messi, Bigger Picture, Wake Forest, Arties Silver Mine, I'll Call, Up With the Birds and Danish Dynaformer.

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Del Mar

Race 1

Nextdoorneighbor - 5:2

Alltheleavesrbrown - 6:1

Tribal Again - 12:1

Race 2

Warrioress - 5:2

Kafe Curves - 3:1

Aagbii - 5:1

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Bobby Fornaro

Bobby Fornaro takes a look at today's Del Mar card featuring the Grade 2 - John C. Mabee Stakes and Grade 2 - Del Mar Derby. He'll be closing out the day with Presque Isle Downs - where he has been on FIRE, you won't want to miss that one!

As a reminder, tomorrow is closing day of the meet at Del Mar. You can expect to see some last efforts to try to secure the meet's leading jockey title, as Flavien Prat is currently ahead of Rafael Bejarano by only 3 wins. Should be an interesting conclusion of the season.

Del Mar

Race 1

Spring Heat - 7:2

Miss Bula Bula - 6:1

Coco Smooches - 20:1

Race 2

Zinvor - 5:2

Newsman - 6:1

Yes Yes Yes - 12:1

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Key Bets and Races for Saturday, September 3

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Saranac Stakes - Race #5 at Saratoga – Approximate Post Time 2:45 PM ET

We'll start with an early KEY BETTING race as even though this year's Saranac only drew seven, EVERY horse has a shot and as such the probability of Camelot Kitten (the 9/5 starting favorite) actually has doesn't match up with his odds. The value in the race, and not just because of high odds, is Copingaway, who opens at 15/1. He won on this inner turf course 15 days ago at 26 to 1 but it wasn't a fluke as he had finished close when 3rd and 2nd in his previous two starts. The 111 Equibase Speed Figure Copingaway earned in that 8/19 win is as good as the 110 figure favorite Camelot Kitten earned winning the similar Pennine Ridge Stakes in June at Belmont and therefore if Copingaway repeats or bettors that effort he can post the upset. Santana was aboard for both recent "A" effort at the meeting and rides back, more reasons to back this colt. Call Provision may ale be a win bet "if" his 6 to 1 starting odds, or close to it, holds up. From the barn of leading trainer Brown, Call Provision won over the course at 1 3/16 miles last month so this 1 1/8 mile trip should be no problem and the only time he ran in a stakes race at this distance, he missed by inches to Camelot Kitten.

Bet Copingaway to win or to win and place at odds of 3 to 1 or higher. Consider a win bet on Call Provision as well, at odds of 3 to 1 or more.

Play an exacta consisting of Copingaway over ALL and then play the opposite exacta of ALL over Copingaway.
(If all seven horses run, the cost of both bets at the $1 minimum is just $12 and may be well worth the investment)

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Bobby Fornaro

Bobby Fornaro heads to Del Mar for the second part of his triple-header for today. It features an 8-race card that should have plenty of $$$ opportunities.

Del Mar

Race 1

Halo Darlin - 3:1

Marriedtoaminister - 5:2

Conquest So True - 6:1

Race 2

Five Palms - 3:1

Glacken Too - 6:1

Souper Knight - 7:2

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Bobby Fornaro

Part 2 of Bobby Fornaro's triple-header makes a stop at Del Mar. Standard 8 race card on file for today - with money to be made!

Del Mar

Race 1

Californiasummer - 9:5

It's Not So Easy - 3:1

Feel Freely - 7:2

Race 2

Justonemorething - 5:1

Basmati - 5:2

Airfoil - 2:1

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Bobby Fornaro takes a look at Del Mar, in the 2nd of his triple-header of selections. If you followed along yesterday, Bobby had a decent day at Del Mar, and is looking to replicate that again today.

Be sure to follow along with the remainder of today's triple-header of selections which include Saratoga and Presque Isle.

Del Mar

Race 1

Jonny's Choice - 5:2

Mr. Cartagena - 5:1

Roman Tizzy - 3:1

Race 2

Two Six Wins - 3:1

Look Twice - 7:2

Louden's Gray - 5:1

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Guest handicapper, Bobby Fornaro provides his selections for today's Del Mar card in addition to his earlier Saratoga selections. Bobby is an up and coming handicapper who has been sharing his selections on Twitter and we are pleased to welcome him to the blog.

Bobby will be bringing his selections in the coming days, hoping to help you turn your days into winning ones. So be sure to keep an eye out and give him a follow on Twitter.

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Race 1 - MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT $63,000 | F&M 3yo+ | Six Furlongs

Brainspin - 5/2

Vivacious Beauty - 5/1

Pragmatical - 2/1

Last time out BRAINSPIN was off a step slowly then moved up to duel for the lead outside the winner, pressed the pace outside that foe into and around the turn, raced between horses in upper stretch, weakened in the final furlong but held third. VIVACIOUS BEAUTY dueled three deep on the backstretch and outside a rival on the turn, kicked away leaving the turn, opened up in the stretch but was caught late. PRAGMATICAL stalked outside the three deep to the stretch, took a short lead three wide in mid stretch and weakened late.


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