Jeff Siegel’s Blog: Day Makers for May 21, 2016

Pimlico – 11th race - American Freedom (5/2)

We're going to give this colt another chance in the Sir Barton Stakes despite his dismal failure as the 7/5 favorite in the Pay Day Mile two weeks ago on Derby Day.  He’ll handle any kind of off track, has the pedigree to improve over a distance of ground, and had a nice breeze last week to indicate he came out of the race in good order.  Wants to settle and make a run - he was rushed into a hot pace at Churchill Downs and came up empty - and given a patient ride today this still highly-regarded son of Pulpit seems quite capable of making amends.

Pimlico - 12th race - 11-Force the Pass (5-1)

Turned in a dynamite effort in his seasonal bow at Gulfstream Park in April, pressing the pace in the Appleton Stakes and proving extremely game through the lane, winding up a close third while earning a career top speed figure.  The son of Speightstown has trained well since, should be able to handle soft ground if required and with only a slight forward move should be up to winning this very competitive edition of the Dixie Stakes.  Worth a gamble at or near his morning line of 5-1 if you can get it.

Jeff Siegel’s Blog: Day Makers for May 21, 2016

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