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Roy Steele award winning handicapper makes his picks for a very hot Saturday afternoon in Toronto Canada at the Woodbine track.

Forecast for Sunday 40Deg Celcius which could take its toll on runners. Check for scratches during the afternoon thats how unbearable the conditions can be to some horses.

This week at Woodbine will be all a buzz with the lead up to the Queens Plate oldest continous ran stakes race in North America for 3yo's worth a COOL million buckaroos albiet Canadian dollars could be worse could be English pounds. More on that later in the week when the field is set.

However the winner of the Woodbine Oaks Neshama will not be participating.

Take advantage of the wagering set up at Woodbine seeded Pick 4's, 20 cent wagers on all exotic bets. Plus a Carryover of nearly 60k in the Super Hi 5 wager in todays last race.

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Key Bets and Races for Saturday June 25, 2016

Bed O' Roses Stakes - Race #9 at Belmont – Approximate Post Time 5:45 PM ET

There is absolutely no reason to know whether Wavell Avenue (6/5 morning line odds) can run back to her Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf victory last fall but the public is likely to be her like she can. She may be dropping in class but the fact she's been flat in the stretch in two straight makes this a good betting race if she runs poorly once again. Pangburn opens at the highest odds in this six horse field (12/1) and cuts back from two turns to one turn off a third place finish in a similar $150K stakes when last seen, in her first start in blinkers. She may really like this one turn trip, has worked very well over the track last week and from an outside post can stalk the pace and get up in time to post the upset. Bar of Gold won a statebred stakes over the track last month, Alvarado up then as now. She finished 2nd in the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes last fall so fits at this grade 3 level just fine. She cuts back a furlong and is likely to be up close early and also be rallying strongly late.

Bet Pangburn to win at odds of 3 to 1 or higher. Consider a win bet on Bar of Gold at odds of 4 to 1.

Play an exacta box consisting of Pangburn and Bar of Gold

Oak Tree Handicap - Race #8 at Pleasanton – Approximate Post Time 4:45 PM PT (7:54 PM ET)

Eagle Screams was claimed for $62,500 in February and two starts later enters this stakes for one of the hottest trainers in Northern California, Jonathan Wong (35% wins in the past 12 months). Although 5th off the claim in the Grade 3 All American Stakes last month, Eagle Screams could be a lot stronger 2nd off a 3 1/2 month layoff. He finished 2nd, beaten a half-length, in this race last year and has been first or second in 20 or 47 races so may prove to be a very profitable claim. He picks up top jockey Hernandez and gets the rail, two more reasons to expect a big effort. Hollywood Angel ships in from Hastings Racecourse where he finished 2nd in two straight stakes. He won on the Northern California circuit before that and his 104 Equibase Figure at Golden Gate in March stacks up well with the 104 figures Eagle Screams earned in his two most recent wins. Southern Freedom missed by a neck in the All American last month, after battling head-and-head from start to finish. He and stablemate Bronze Star have both shown early speed but I'm confident trainer Hollendorfer will give Gomez instructions to sit 2nd in the early stages and he may make the first run in the stretch and not stop.

Bet Eagle Screams at odds of 2 to 1 or more. 

Play an exacta box consisting of Eagle Screams, Hollywood Angel and Southern Freedom

Triple Bend Stakes - Race #8 at Santa Anita – Approximate Post Time 5:00 PM PT (8pm ET)

Subtle Indian is the LONE FRONTRUNNER in this race, the only horse that really likes to lead and with the fastest pace figures in the field. He's 7 for 10 in his career, including a very strong win in the Count Fleet Stakes at Oaklawn in April. In his Southern California debut last month, Subtle Indian led until late in the stretch, his first race pace six furlongs. With Mike Smith taking over and likely to be stronger in his second start over the Santa Anita main track, he will be very tough to catch. Ambitious Brew has been first or second in 12 of 16 career starts, mostly on turf. He did win a mile stakes on the dirt last summer. Last month, following 7 months off, he won like he had never been away with a career best 113 Equibase Figure that stacks up with the 113 figure Subtle Indian earned winning the Count Fleet so he could give the top pick all he can handle. Closers Home Run Kitten, Coastline and Kobe's Back all have a shot but I think they are more likely to be second or third than to win.

Bet Subtle Indian to win at 2 to 1 or more. Consider a win bet on Ambitious Brew at 3 to 1 or more.

Play an exacta over Subtle Indian and Ambitious Brew over Subtle Indian, Ambitious Brew, Home Run Kitten, Coastline and Kobe's Back

Gold Cup at Santa Anita - Race #9 at Santa Anita – Approximate Post Time 5:30 PM PT (8:30 ET)

Melatonin returned from 3 months off in February while trying two-turns for the very first time and ran the best race of his career, earning a 112 Equibase Figure. Coming back a little over a month later and stepping up into a stakes for the first time, Melatonin posted the 16 to 1 upset winning the Santa Anita Handicap with a 113 figure and at the distance of the Gold Cup. Proving that previous upset win to be no fluke, Melatonin finished second behind the multiple graded stakes winner Effinex in the Oawklawn Park Handicap in April. With Lieutenant Colonel likely to want the early lead and with a good tactical running style, Melatonin can fall into a stalking trip from which he can earn his second grade 1 win of the year. Second Summer has won his last three races including the Californian at Santa Anita last month with a career best 116 figure, the improvement coming since being gelded last winter and that appears to have made all the difference in the world and he should be competitive once again. Hard Aces won this race last year with a then career best 114 figure following a third place finish in the Californian. He finished second in the Californian this year while tying that 114 figure and can't be totally counted out as a win contender.

Bet Melatonin to win at odds of 2 to 1 or higher. Consider a win bet on Second Summer at 3 to 1.

Play an exacta box consisting of Melatonin, Second Summer and Hard Aces

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By John Pricci
Exclusively for 123bet.com

Comments from June 18 P4; winners and notable money finishers

RACE 7: 3-Tiz Twice (5-2) showed marked improvement with early speed when dropped to this level and stretched to route last out. Bred for distance both sides, dam’s five winners include three on turf, and Alvarado on the re-ride. Sharp blowout, very solid contender. (won @ $8.80) 4-Say Cin Cin (12-1) drops into claimer for first time since November 2015 and raced competitively despite rough trip in lone grass try; switch to Luis Saez. (2nd 7-1, 149.60 ex)

RACE 8: 6-Zennor (6-1) showed marked improvement switching to grass and adding Lasix for last two as Spa 2YO. Reported first-gelding makes season’s debut for McLaughlin, 23% profitable with 90 days + layups, Irad sticks and strong upstate works. Could prove key. 9-Ice Cutter (10-1) earned competitive PER for Clement, 21% effective going dirt to turf. Makes season’s debut off very solid and steady workline.

RACE 9: 5-The Imposter (5-1) remains at proper level after just missing in 6F Belmont return. Reunites with winning rider Saez and is good value at early line odds. Bullet in holster for this. (won 11.60) 11-U S Citizen (5-2) drops to winning level and suitable, slightly longer trip after gamely third chasing pace throughout rapidly run 6F Belmont turf debut. Gelded 7YO switches to leading rider Ortiz for Jacobson, 27% effective with beaten favorites. Formidable favorite. (2nd exacta 56.00)

RACE 10: 2-Stormin Saratoga (4-1) had some gate issues in off-turf debut going 7F, chasing the pace then stopping late. Todd 26% with second-time starters and gets Javier. More mixed signals. (won 13.80) 10-Alyssa and a Lisa (8-1) drops into maiden claimer for first time in season’s debut, returning for Contessa, profitable with 90-days + layups. Purposeful workouts returning for barn having a solid meet. (2nd exacta 149.00)

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Roy Steele aka Horsewhispererusa.com, Award-Winning handicapper, covers a very hot Woodbine track up in Toronto.

An 8 Race card is on tap.... The Tapeta track is fast Turf firm.

Carryover in the Super Hi 5 Wager in the last race of the evening is $45,280.... Combine this with the 25 cent min Wager for all exotics and the task to take it down seems achievable.

Pick 4 starts in Race 4 and is guaranteed to the tune of $100k. Pick 5 is Guraranteed for $50k starts Race 2.

Recommended Wager ......Win top selection each race then box for Ex and Tri.

Good luck to one and all..........

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Roy Steele, Horsewhispererusa.com takes in the Monday card here at Parx Racing.

First visit since the turf track opened. 9 races on the card with the Last Six to form the 123bet.com Pick Six the wager which will hone your Handicapping Competition skills.

Recommended Win on top selection then box all Three each race for Ex and Tri.

Main Track: Fast | Turf: Firm.

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Roy Steele award winning Handicapper takes a look at the $1.9 million dollar card at Mohawk tonite.
Mohawk is owned by Woodbine Entertainment who own and run the Thoroughbred track in Toronto situated 15 miles outside of Toronto the Harness world descends on Mohawk a purpose built Harness facility. All the top horses trainers and drivers on the Grand Circuit will be in attendance.
We take in the 100k Pick 4 which includes the Million dollar Pepsi North American Cup.

Plus race 15 mandatory Super Hi 5 Jackpot wager which will be over a million dollars.
20 cent min wagers, in all exotics.
Yesterday we had a positive ROI of 24 dollars to a 2 dollar stake with 3 wins 6 Ex 1 Tri.
Good Luck to one and all . and May the horse - a harness horse - be with you
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Roy Steele, Horsewhispererusa.com, takes in the Woodbine Friday afternoon card. Post Time 1:00pm est.

Glorious Sunshine forecasted going is main track Fast. Turf Good to Firm.

We have in Race 3 another Euro Turf race 5 1/2f going clockwise I have a 100% win record in this type of racing here.

20 cent Exotic wagers are on offer plus seeded Pools in the Pick 4.

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Key Bets and Races for Saturday June 18, 2016

Poker Stakes

Race #4 at Belmont – Approximate Post Time 3:04 PM ET

Obviously has all his early speed and if any horse goes with him in the first part of the race they will completely destroy their chances so he will be left alone on the front end where he likes to be. Given how fast the Belmont turf has been this meeting and considering Obviously is a first class miler who is 8 for 16 at the trip with $1.4 million banked, we may see a track record. The 124 and 113 Equibase Figures he's earned this year, although 2nd by a neck in both starts, make him the one to beat in this year's Poker Stakes. Grand Arch and Takeover Target are his closest competition. While Obviously is a multiple grade 1 winner at a mile on turf and gets the edge on class, Grand Arch did win the Grade 1 Shadwell Mile last fall at Keeneland and his best effort (122 figure) could threaten the favorite. Takeover Target earned a career best 108 figure winning the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes last month which is not enough to threaten Obviously BUT he's a 4 year old and may not have run his best so gets a slight look as well.

Obviously will be the prohibitive favorite so we will try to turn his likely 3 to 2 odds into something along the order of 3/1 with two exactas: Obviously over Grand Arch and Obviously over Takeover Target.

Play a trifecta box consisting of Obviously, Grand Arch and Takeover Target.

Donald Levine Memorial Stakes

Race #6 at Parx – Approximate Post Time 3:10 PM ET

Although the race only drew six, it's impossible to ignore Res Judicata, who opens at 5/1. If you logically ignore his last race, around two turns on turf, and look one back to his one turn mile effort at Aqueduct last November, you will easily see why I think he's going to rebound to top form at this 7 furlong trip. He loves the track with a 4 for 9 record over it including a win at the distance and he gets the leading rider in Pennington, for the red hot John Servis barn (34% wins at the meeting). Res Judicata gets an outside post and can be in front from the start of press the pacesetter if need be. His works coming into the race, over the track, are sensational as well. Roxbury< and Overton is a perfect three-for-three this year and 7 for 16 at Parx in his career. He has won four in a row and is the main threat to the top pick. I'm taking a stand against favorite Majestic Affair, off a lackluster 3rd at Churchill Downs last month. I'll use A.P. Indian in the exotics as he ran big for 2nd (moved up to 1st via a disqualification) in the Decathlon Stakes last month off a 7 month layoff.

Bet Res Judicata to win at 2 to 1 or more.

Play an exacta and trifecta box consisting of Res Judicata, Roxbury and Overton and A.P. Indian.

Rainbow Stakes

Race #6 at Santa Anita – Approximate Post Time 7:00 PM ET (4 PM Pacific Time) - and Santa Anita Pick 3 in races 6 - 8

We kick off a pick 3 ending with the Summertime Oaks, featuring unbeaten Songbird, with a great betting race.

Prince of Arabia is a horse we must bet to win and place anywhere near his starting odds of 15/1. The reason for the high odds isn't his current form , as he won two back and finished 2nd to up and coming start Dalmore last out, it's because he's only run on turf once in 8 races, and he finished 4th in that race. No matter, as he's a different horse now, and the 97 then 102 Equibase figures earned in his last 2 starts are as good, or better, than the horses in here that have run in stakes, so for a veteran trainer in Jim Cassidy this colt can post the upset if he takes to turf as I hope he will. Arcature has the best credentials, having won the nearly identical Singletary Stakes over the course last month. He has run two "A" races in a row, both under Prat, who rides back, and he must be strongly respected as a contender. Ralis and Liam the Charmer have to overcome potentially disadvantageous outside posts (10 and 11) here but otherwise fit on all counts. Ralis won the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes last summer at Saratoga, on dirt, and tried turf for the first time last month, missing by a nose at 9 furlongs on this course. Liam the Charmer took to turn like a duck to water when trying it for the first time in February, finishing fast for 2nd, then won his most recent race by 5 lengths. Santa Anita leading jockey Bejarano rides him again and his 104 last race Equibase figure is the best last race winning figure in the field. Mishegas, like Prince of Arabia, opens at 15/1 and can't be ignored for a second as he could be very sneaky. He is 0 for 2 on turf in his career but in both races he had trouble (self-caused) at the start. Off those two turf tries, he won easily on dirt around two turns in March (102 figure) when blinkers came off then finished 4th to Uncle Lino in the California Chrome Stakes before that one went on to take Nyquist out in the Preakness. Mishegas is bred for the grass and since the win came with blinkers off same as today he could run a lot better than his high odds suggest.

Bet Prince of Arabia to win and place at odds of 7 to 2 or higher. Make a smaller win and place bet on Mishegas at 6 to 1 or more.

Play a five horse exacta box (worth the risk in this 11 horse field) consisting of Prince of Arabia, Arcature, Ralis, Liam the Charmer and Mishegas.

Race #7 at Santa Anita – Approximate Post Time 7:30 PM ET (4:30 Pacific)

Tengas Ransom will be the prohibitive favorite based on three straight 2nd place efforts in a row. He can win but doesn't have to, so we'll use him on Pick 3 tickets played starting in race 6, but otherwise there are others much more worthy of our wagering dollars. Tatar and Counturluckystars open at 8/1 and 12/1, respectively, and both could be very live at first asking. Tatar is the 6th foal of his dam, with two of the other 5 first out winners, all from the same barn, the most recent here at SA at 13/1 a couple of years back. Gutierrez rides and the trainer does win his share. Counturluckystars is the 4th foal of his dam, with all of the previous 3 having finished 1st or 2nd in their debuts. Maldonado and trainer Headley are 7 for 21 together in the past year and in spite of slow times in his workouts I suspect he's got a lot of speed and could be in front in the opening yards, playing "come catch me" after that. Solar Zone is a first time starter with a strong five furlong gate workout over the track who deserves a look as well.

Consider win bets on both Tatar and Counturluckystars at 4 to 1 or more. Use all four horses on any pick 3 tickets played.

Summertime Oaks

Race 8 at Santa Anita – Approximate Post Time 8:00 PM ET (5 PT)

Songbird returns to the races after a slight setback prior to the Kentucky Oaks when she had to withdraw because of an illness. She went through a course of antibiotics and resumed training on May 22, blazing through four workouts over the track since then and giving all appearances she is not any worse off for the few weeks off in April and May. Although trainer D'Amato is triple teaming Songbird with 3 starters, one of them (Coppa) stretching out from sprints and likely to have the early lead based on the fact she led through a :44 second opening half-mile last time out, I'm not concerned even though Songbird has led from start to finish in her last five races. A horse as smart as she is should have no problem settling in behind a horse like Coppa bent on having the lead at any cost, and I expect Songbird to go by her when jockey Mike Smith chooses to exit the race a perfect eight-for-eight.

There is no way to bet on this race but as Songbird will go to post as the 1 to 5 favorite we can certainly make a tidy profit finishing the pick 3 with her if any of our high odds horses win the previous two legs. Good Luck.

Santa Anita - Recommended Pick 3:

Race 6 - Prince of Arabia, Arcature, Ralis, Liam the Charmer, Mishegas
Race 7Tengas Ransom, Tatar, Counturluckystars, Solar Zone
Race 8 - Songbird

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By John Pricci
Exclusively for 123bet.com

Editor's Note: We will be looking back at the past week's winner's as a lead in to the current week's Weekend Warrior series. This will allow us to see what we initally saw in the horse prior to the race. Let us know what you think of this new format, as well as any feedback you may have. Thanks!

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Race 1 #14 Tepin 5/1 / #12 Ervedya 4/1 / #4 Belardo 9/2 - Tepin is Mark Casse's horse from Woodbine although he had this on the West coast his son training it a Tapit colt loves the green stuff and wont hear of defeat the other two are from my Irish buddy one is the Aga Khans hores trained in France plus the other one is a Godolphin trained in the UK the form is right for them both I am going to box em till the cows come home.

Race 2 - Coventry Stakes #19 Silvertoni 18/1 - it's going to be good to soft maybe to soft for this Wesley Ward runner but he has a superb record here this is also declared for Fridays race he has done that before and got first one day and second on the other when jock dropped his whip think it was Johnny V. He has had all his runners over there since March training ...... Tapit colt getting 3 pounds off the field which could be the difference. Joseph Obrien has several runners today as a trainer youngest trainer at the meet. Note its a straight 6 furlongs they do go a mile on the straight as well later in the week.

Race 3 #21 Acapulco 13/8 - Ward again fav. Plus # 14 Profitable 9/2 # 20 Mecca's Angel 13/8 Wards 3yo is taking on older horses and getting bags of weight into the bargain which is a big handicapping angle over their be carefull the draw number is different to the race card number.

Race 4 - St James Palace Stakes #6 Galileo Gold 5/1 Race of the day St James Palace Stakes Mile on the round course ... This G1 is for 3yo's part of a series of races some will end up in the Prix de Le Arc Triomphe. This guy won the english 2,000 gns over a mile the first classic of the season can't believe the morningl line plus will be better over here on the tote. Then he went to Ireland and put up a game fight going down to the top horse here. Awtaad.by 2 1/2 lengths he is at home trained just down the road and gets the ground he wants regardless classic winner that price has to be played. Each Way as they say over thier W/P/S. Million dollar race.

Race 5 #18 Eshtiaal 16/1 - This is 2 and half miles so there are several national Hunt horses entered here on the flat. This guy is trained by top new trainer in Ireland won the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and the Irish equivalent my buddy has horses with him wants me to go in on a few only if I can wear a top hat. will definatly get the distance its a bit of a cavalry charge with 20 runners has an irish jump jockey on Carry ing bottom weight 126 pounds. Sporting bet......

Race 6 #22 Big City Dreamin 11/2 - Ward again really like his chances he has Frankie dettori aboard low weight compared to the others good draw #1 low numbers are good but by this race you will be able to judge which numbers are good with rain the draw is key. Warmed up with a win at the Keeneland spring meet.

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Matt's Racing Nations

Recommended Play - $$$
Race 7: 4,5,7,8
Race 8: 2,5,7,8
Race 9: 3,4,7
Race 10: 4,9,11
Race 11: 5,6
Race 12:5,7
Total: $115.20

Budget Play - $
Race 7: 4,7,8
Race 8: 5,7,8
Race 9: 3,7
Race 10: 4,11
Race 11: 5,6
Race 12:5,7

James W.

Recommended Play - $$$
Race 7: 4,7,8
Race 8: 2,5,7
Race 9: 5,7
Race 10: 10,11
Race 11: 5,6
Race 12:5,7
Total: $28.80

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Roy Steele, Award-Winning handicapper, is looking to keep the winnings streaming in at Woodbine. Yesterday we had 2 Wins, 4 Ex, and 2 Tri's. ROI to a $2 stake was $199.00.

Today at Woodbine the Oaks takes front and center Mile Eigth on Tapeta for $500k 3yo fillies.

Also I key in on the Queens Plate Trial for 3yo colts worth $150k and put my HUNDRED Percent record on the line in the Euro Turf Series.

Weather: Sunny clear skies | Track: Fast | Turf: Firm

Race 2 - Euro Turf Series | 5 1/2f turf (Clockwise)

#2 Last Minute Lucy 8/5: Will use her superior speed to negotiate the tight turn then ease away to victory.

#4 Erma lee 5/2: Won last time at this level will appreciate the distance solid Exacta.

Race 10 - $150k Queens Plate Trial | 1 1/8th Mile - Tapeta

#6 Sir Dudley Digges 8/1: Ramsey/Maker combo always have to be respected in this neck of the woods. Gio Ponti colt has yet to race on this surface but dont see a problem dismiss at your peril.

#1 Amiz Gizmo 2/1: Josie Carroll gives this guy lasix for the first time, exellent record 4/5 with only loss on season debut.

#4 Battery 4/1: Pletcher ships in with Castellano dismiss last effort at the Fairgrounds and you have a nice 3yo in the making will be up with the pace.

Race 11 - Woodbine Oaks | 1 1/8th Mile - 3yo Fillies - Tapeta

#6 Gambles Ghost 8/5: Comes of a nice win in the Selene G3. Ghostzapper daughter who likes the surface in form Contreas aboard tough to beat.

#4 Tiz Imaginary 8/1: Irish trainer doyle has 3 entered in the race this gal was impressive when she was checked badly but went on to win the fury stakes last month. Top jock Husbands takes over the mount even though his regular barn has three entered.

#7 Neshma 6/1: Jock and barn are in fine form this gal is winding up for a big run and will get the distance no problems.

Tweeting @horsewhispererU.

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Roy Steele award winning handicapper aka Horsewhispererusa takes a look at the third leg of the Triple Crown The Belmont Stakes. Over a Mile 1/2 on the dirt track which is an unusual distance for North American horses, stamina is the order of the day.

Thunderstorms could reach the East Coast by race time which will certainly help some runners, particularly the pre-race favorite #11 Exaggerator.

Will be tweeting @horsewhispererU with updates throughout the day.

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RACE1. 2,3,1
RACE2. 5,3,1,6,
RACE3. 4/5,2,6,
RACE4. 9,4,2,8
RACE5. 6/2,5,4,
RACE6. 3,11,7,9
RACE7, 6,1,8,4,
RACE8, 2,8,10,7
RACE9, 4,11,8,2,
RACE10. 10,6,1,11,
RACE11, BELMONT STAKES 11 EXAGGERATOR I EXPECT TO FIND HIM UP CLOSE TODAY MAYBE ON LEAD BYSELF, WIDE OPEN FOR EXOCTIC BETS EXACTA ETC DEF A GOOD 4 HORSE box wide open race ,plenty of value even though exaggerator will go off like 7/5 and might be tough to catch near front end BOX HERE 11,4,1,10.
RACE12. 4,6,3,2,
RACE13. 5,6,7,9

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Roy Steele award winning handicapper takes a look at Woodbine where History is being made today with the debut of Clockwise racing or the correct name Euro Turf Series. Sprint races which will be restricted to 8 runners on the turf surface. Trials were successfull and races have been oversubscribed. Only one of them today in the first race.

WOODBINE OAKS this Sunday where we will have all bases covered live.

Today, Recommend Win top selection then Box for Ex and Tri. Seeded pick 4 plus 20 cent exotics.

Post Time: 1:00pm est | Track: Fast | Turf: Good/firm

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Last week, Ellis gave players an $83 winning Pick 4 on an $18 ticket for Penn Mile Day at Penn National. This week he looks to conquer the Early Pick 4 and Pick 5 on the Belmont Stakes card.

Belmont Park

Easy Goer Stakes - Race #1
Approximate Post Time: 11:35 ET

Rally Cry just won here at Belmont at this one-turn 1 1/16 mile trip and he his 2nd start after nearly two months off so has improving to do and the 108 Equibase Figure earned in that 4/30 win is not only the best last race figure in the field but the best figure by any of those five 3 year olds, so just repeating the effort is good enough to win. Cupid opens at 3 to 5 odds and is not a standout by any means.

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By John Pricci
Exclusively for 123bet.com

Belmont Stakes Day - All Stakes Pick 4 - Races 8-11


1-Strike Charmer (8-1): won only start on Belmont turf but mile record is soft. Comes off career run with Joel and pole position. Need 8-1 or greater.

2-Recepta (6-1): comes off the roughest trip of the meet in Strike Charmer’s Beaugay, making remarkable finish for third. Strong contender with smoother journey.

3-Tapitry (15-1): has come into her own at 4 but is winless on Belmont ground after three tries and this is saltier than she’s used to.

4-La Berma (30-1): Group placed Euro battled on lead through U.S. debut at Santa before tiring in G2 Royal Heroine. Worked purposefully since but not sure what to expect here.

5-My Miss Sophia (8-1): ran off rankly setting the Beaugay pace in 2016 debut. One-for-two on BEL ground and third to Tepin in KEE G1 last fall. Switch to Smith augurs well.

6-Prize Exhibit (30-1): never had a stretch chance in Royal Heroine season’s debut has been competitive in long line G1s and G2s. Has won at trip thrice and gets switch to Prat. Interesting at early line odds.

7-Mrs. McDougal (4-1): blew the recent overnight stakes open with mid-move in Big A season’s debut, showing good Thoro Graph development at 4. She’s 2-for-2 at the trip, 3-for-4 with Ortiz, Chad 27% with repeaters and a 29% profit with this type of spacing.

8-Celestine (12-1): earned excellent Pricci Energy Rating winning G2 Honey Fox last out, showing good development at 4, is 2-for-2 on Belmont lawn and 3-for-4 at trip; value on early line.

9-Irish Rookie (10-1): Euro miler was Group 1 placed in Britain at 3 now makes U.S. debut in third start off the layup. Trainer Meade an unknown quantity in this scenario and looms legitimate dark horse. Not easily dismissible.

10-Faufiler (5-1): came from last with very wide rally for place in aforementioned Royal Heroine with Van Dyke, re-riding here. Owns worthy (8) 3-2-2 slate at trip, appears well pointed to this for Motion, profitable in graded events.

11-Lexie Lou (15-1): gave gritty stretch performance to win Canadian G2 last out and 2-for-3 at this trip. This is a completely different ballgame and returns on short rest.

12-Rainha Da Bateria (5-1): gained ground during fast mid-race fractions in G2 CD mile before altering course wide at headstretch, finishing gamely for place. Goes second time for Brown/Castellano.

13-Lady Lara (15-1): in-and-our mare is capable on her best day and lost all chance with wide trip in G2 Honey Fox and Lezcano sticks. Tricky read here.


1-El Kabeir (30-1): front-running gambit in G2 Dixie an apparent prep for return to dirt. Terranova 23% profitable in LAY-2 scenario and attracts Franco but this is ambitious spot.

2-Blofeld (10-1): apparently regressed in Oaklawn ‘Cap at inappropriately longer trip after game score in G2 GP ‘Cap at today’s flat-mile; 2-for-3 at trip, 1-for-2 at BEL. Tactical speed and kick with Johnny and inside position.

3-Donworth (20-1): broke maiden in one-turn 7F and hasn’t had that dynamic since. Has conditioning from recent routes and this a salty spot to prove affinity for the dynamics. Intriguingly placed by crafty outfit.

4-Noble Bird (9-2): blew the doors off taking G3 Pimlico Special by 11, owns fast figures on anybody’s scale and is (4): 2-1-0 at the trip. Regression candidate given short rest.

5-Frosted (7-2): was runnerup in last year’s Belmont and 1-for-1 at the trip. Given plenty of recovery after Dubai, working strongly at Greentree upstate, pace scenario and distance should suit and reunites with Rosario.

6-Upstart (20-1): has somewhat underachieved after promising early winter at 3 but has come back well at 4 and Oaklawn ‘Cap effort better than appears on paper. Had strong work in blinkers, added here, and reunites with Irad. Live price shot.

7-Stanford (5-1): did all the dirty work and just missed given these dynamics in G2 GP ‘Cap—probably best. Dynamics-aided in CT Classic. Tough spot but good spacing and suited to the task.

8-Ami’s Flatter (6-1): was super-sharp taking 7F G3 Commonwealth at KEE. Has good spacing into this, strong works at WO base for toughest test of career. Dynamics, draw suits.

9-Sloane Avenue (15-1): Group placed Euro has preferred dirt pedigree and Noseda alive live shipping to U.S. and attracts Geroux. Money prospects if the price is right; early line.

10-Tamarkuz (20-1): had tough trip when 4th in 2015 Met Mile. Proven classy and McLaughlin 23% profitable with 90 days+ returnees. Dynamics, post suits; early line money prospects.

11-Calculator (10-1): just missed in G1 Carter then returned with dogged-finish placing in CD G2, also at 7F, earning excellent PER. Won only start at this trip, dynamics suit and Alvarado sticks.

12-Anchor Down (12-1): showed a new dimension winning G3 Westchester, confirming affinity for Belmont (5): 2-1-0 and earning excellent T-G and PER figures. Leading rider Ortiz sticks; value on early line quote.

13-Marking (8-1): is back home after being unsuited by dynamics in Godolphin Mile. Has won here, at the trip and was second to Runhappy in 7F G1 Malibu in 3YO finale; player here reuniting with Lezcano.

RACE 10 - Grade 1 MANHATTAN | 4&UP | 1-1/4 MILES - INNER TURF

1-World Appeal (12-1): 10 furlongs may be a stretch but does have bottom side to do it, handles any ground, has tactical speed, pole position and dynamics and goes for en fuego Casse/Leparoux team. Eligible to trip out in this spot.

2-Slumber (10-1): Grade 1 tough and world class grinder sometimes gets there, sometimes not. Goes LAY-2 for Chad/Irad team but likely to be pace compromised.

3-Wake Forest (10-1): flashed extreme turn of foot, getting up in time to win G1 Man o’ War on this course going away late under masterful handling from Johnny; second of Chad’s quartet appears suited to added ground but back a little quickly here.

4-Take the Stand (15-1): has shown more maturity at 5 and was good visually taking G2 Muniz at FG this winter. Mott pointing here but loses Prado to Divisidero and no trip experience.

5-Big Blue Kitten (6-1): was pace and trip compromised when beaten 4 lengths as the favorite in G1 season’s debut in CD Turf Classic; gained conditioning and sharpness for today’s stretch to 10F and will relish return to BEL lawn (7) 4-2-0.

6-Ironicus (4-1): began to show his true talents and 4 and did nothing to dissuade that opinion taking G3 Ft Marcy prep for this beneath today’s rider, Irad. Obviously likes course (3) 2-0-1 and bred both sides for 10F G1 debut.

7-Oathkeeper (30-1): is a Euro ship-in lacking big time resume but goes as a reported first gelding and French horse attracts Florent. Unknown quantity but appears overmatched.

8-Triple Threat (30-1): is Canadian G1 placed and was unlucky when he had to leap over a fallen rival at CD, losing his rider. Not the ideal way to enter this spot.

9-Grand Tito (20-1): was favored and stalked Pan Am 12F pace from close range, mid-moved to lead, but weakened late. Sheds five pounds and shorter trip helps but may be GP specialist.

10-Flintshire (8-5): was headed to United Nations but June 4 BEL work convinced Chad to stay home for this G1. Extremely high-class 6YO Euro world traveler has banked $7.3 million. Goes first-time Chad (30% profitable) with first Lasix and Javier; worthy favorite.

11-Divisidero (8-1): has continued his development at 4, especially given game score despite being trip and dynamics compromised in G1 CD Turf Classic. Pedigree and connections [Buff profitable in graded stakes] say yes to LAY-3 10F stretchout.


1-GOVERNOR MALIBU (12-1): won Tesio prep but bypassed the Preakness for this, a spot in which Christophe Clement scored with Tonalist in 2014. Peter Pan winner Unified was either feeling the effects of early exertions, pedigree challenged or lost focus. All that doesn’t obscure New York bred’s strong finish placing. Blinkers have helped big time, so does pedigree and his chemistry with Joel Rosario. Money prospects.

2-DESTIN (6-1): was trip compromised in the Derby but ironically bore into the sometimes obstreperous Lani, instead of the other way around. Like ‘Brody’, comes in five weeks fresh and figures to be a pace factor from close range, especially given his inside draw. More than a grinder, he can kick strongly but appears pedigree challenged on dam’s side. Javier and inside aids.

3-CHERRY WINE (8-1): uncoupled mate of Brody, had his freshening before his excellent Preakness placing. Generally underrated, he owns the best turn of foot in this field and given that could blow this race open with a strong mid-race move from the inside, a la Summing in ’81. Corey Lanerie saves ground. Solid 1:00 breeze over ‘Big Sandy’ June 4. Upset potential.

4-SUDDENBREAKINGNEWS (10-1): is, given Belmont Stakes dynamics, up against it as a deep closer. But like trainer Von Hemel said, he will be closer to the leaders at a steady comfortable pace given marathon fractions. This is not ideal for a horse that loves to come from the clouds but he never fails to fire and is very stoutly bred. Like two other major contenders, he comes in here five weeks fresh. Live price shot.

5-STRADAVARI (5-1): chased a strong wet-track Preakness pace while racing wide throughout in only his fourth lifetime start and was beaten only four lengths, an excellent try. Returning on short rest is not exactly in Pletcher’s wheelhouse but these are special circumstances. The colt’s route-challenged genes in this young talent’s major concern; looms underlay.

6-GETTYSBURG (30-1): has been recruited by his owners likely to serve as a rabbit for strong finishing stablemate Creator. Encouraging is a stout pedigree and a nine-furlong, two-turn maiden breaker, but that’s it in seven starts. As for the barn transfer prior to a classic, old school racing officials are spinning in their chairs. Nice colt; not today.

7-SEEKING THE SOUL (30-1): like most Fipke home-breds, he owns a classy and stout pedigree and comes up to the added ground perfectly, stretching out incrementally in three straight starts. But here he jumps from eight furlongs to 12 and from maiden company into a Grade 1. Stewart has had longshot classics success and Geroux is an elite rider. But the Belmont, really? Underlay on early line.

8-FOREVER D’ORO (30-1): turned his fortunes around when he got to Long Island, breaking maiden in his first start over Big Sandy. Royally bred by Medaglia d’Oro from a Kentucky Oaks winning mare, he has all the DNA needed for the grueling 12 furlongs. Obviously, this is an ambitious spot.

9-TROJAN NATION (30-1): was absolutely and unequivocally eliminated when sloughed from the #1 slip in the Derby. While still winless in seven starts, he was the runnerup in the G1 Wood and trainer Patrick Gallagher is capable and is no shot-taker. Obviously, he thinks he can get the distance and his pedigree says he can. Still, this poor horse…

10-1 LANI (20-1): it’s not often when connections use the Derby and Preakness as preps for the Belmont, but this is the race they have pointed for. This sometimes insensible colt has been getting his act together little by little. The thing about him is that he likes Belmont Park, always finishes his races, and is bred to run from here to, well, Japan. Another live price shot.

11-EXAGGERATOR (9-5): the Recuperater. The image that the Santa Anita Derby winner made after winning the Preakness was the energy he showed after the race, nudging against the pony while his jockey was being interviewed. He’s done nothing to dissuade since that gas remains in the tank and is more tactical then generally acknowledged. Desormeaux likes Exaggerator’s post: “It lets him get comfortable with no dirt in his face My dream run would be to be forwardly placed.” If not, there’s plenty of racetrack to work with later on. Strong favorite.

12-BRODY’S CAUSE (20-1): had sneaky good run when seventh in the Derby and comes into this five weeks fresh. Excellent work pattern, including a strong gallop-out following strong mile breeze at CD in 1:42, followed by subsequent solid five-eighths. Among stoutest bred in here; live upsetter. Post draw most likely neutral but did him no favors. Great value on early line.

13-CREATOR (10-1): Rebel third and Arkansas Derby winner was completely eliminated by horrendous trip in the Derby. Also owns good turn of foot when called upon and all the pedigree that’s needed but as a deep closer, his style works against the grain of Belmont Stakes dynamics. Wide draw most likely will not hurt this deep rallier.

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10 races on the card this afternoon two minor stakes Race 5 and Race 9. Two races on the turf the rest on the synthetic Tapeata main track.

Excellent conditions sunny skies fast main track and good to firm turf.

The English Derby is live on HPI.com, kicks off at 11:30 am Eastern time. 3yo's mile half on the turf. Undulating turf that is with the run in on a definte camber.Who do we like ??? in the 16 runner field. 5 are from A.P.Obriens barn....Sporting wager # 16 WINGS OF DESIRE 9/2 same combo of John Gosden and Frankie Dettori who won this same classic last year. Prepped with a nice win in the Dante Stakes at York over Mile 1/4 on the turf.

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1-SUMMER BOURBON (15-1): placed gamely earning good foundation Pricci Energy Rating despite racing greenly but that came vs. four maiden claiming rivals.

2-ARTHUR AVENUE (12-1): broke poorly and bumped from pole position in heavily backed debut this winter and away since. Michelle Nevin 3-for-7 when adding first Lasix; wakeup potential.

3-INVESTIGATOR (4-1): never has taken a backward step on the PER scale, earning excellent figure in winter finale. First-time Catalano, blinkers and Johnny; solid contender.

4-BORN FOR A STORM (10-1): owns reasonable pedigree top side for debut with dam producing two winners from three foals to race. Training steadily since March for Chad Brown.

5-BENEVOLENCE (6-1): showed improved early speed in second start, first at this hybrid trip. Cancel re-rides and McLaughlin 24% efficient second-time Lasix; good value on line.

6-FEAR THAT (20-1): has trained steadily for debut but is lacking nature and nurture for successful first start.

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