Jeff Siegel’s Blog: Day Makers for June 16, 2016

Belmont Park – 9th race – 2-Wake Up Smiling (3-1)

Turned in an excellent performance in her first outing since last July when winding up a troubled third in a similar state-bred maiden turf sprint in late April and seems highly likely to be fitter and tighter with that effort behind her.  The Linda Rice barn has strong stats with second-off-layoff runners and this daughter of Distorted Humor should be more effective with today’s extra furlong while utilizing a stalk-and-pounce strategy.  At 3-1 on the morning line she’s a strong straight play and rolling exotic single.

Santa Anita – 8th race – 7-Monterey Shale (7/2)

Has the classic two-sprints-and-stretch out pattern that we strongly favor and this Carla Gaines-trained gelding should produce a major forward move while switching to a surface that he’s bred to like.  Rafael Bejarano knows him well and should have this lightly-raced 4-year-old in an ideal pace-prompting position.  At 7/2 on the morning line the son of Hard Spun offers good value both in the straight pool and in rolling exotic play.


Jeff Siegel’s Blog: Day Makers for June 16, 2016

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