Every Friday and Saturday 1/ST BET handicapper Jeff Siegel offers his best wagering opportunity from a selected North American racetrack. These “Best Plays” can take the form of a win wager, exacta, trifecta, or a daily double, pick-3, pick-4 or pick-6. Selections are listed in chronological order.
Belmont Park Race 9 – Post time: 5:12 ET
10-Determined Fury (3-1)
Once-promising gelding makes just his fourth career start and couldn’t have found an easier assignment in this $40,000 maiden claiming turf sprint. The C. Clement-trained 4-year-old flashed speed before weakening in a productive race in his first start off a layoff last month and should be fitter, tighter, and much more comfortable on grass. We’re expecting the son of Tale of the e Cat to on or near the lead throughout, so we’ll make him a win play and rolling exotic single at or near his morning line of 3-1.
Golden Gate Fields Race 7 – Post time: 4:20 PT
2-Tiger Queen (9/2)
Finally makes it to the races at age four in the maiden special weight sprint for fillies and mares that is begging to be won by a fresh face. The known element isn’t much, and this daughter of the excellent speed stallion Smiling Tiger has put together an excellent series of workouts that should have her fit and ready for high percentage connections. A recent five furlong drill in 1:00 1/5 (third fastest of 47) catches the eye, so at 9/2 on the morning line she’s worth a play in the win pool and in the various rolling exotics.