America’s Best Racing and handicapper (and avid gambler) Monique Vág team up to provide horseplayers with their best bets of the weekend in a regular feature blog that will run on Fridays.
For some posts, Vág will try to identify a longshot play of the weekend, a nice opportunity to swing for the fences on a win bet or to take a shot with a show bet. She also will look for strong exacta plays for the weekend or occasionally try to spot a nice opportunity for other wagers.
This Weekend’s Bets
Saturday, Dec. 2
#1 Jamyson ’n Ginger: This looks to be the ideal distance for this filly and right off the bat that’s a huge advantage for her over horses trying additional distance. Drawing the rail is actually a very nice post as it allows for her to be sent along if need be or sit close to the pace and make a move in deep stretch. It’s nice to see her coming in with two straight wins since the trainer change to Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown.
#5 Indy Union: I do think she’s much better suited racing on dirt and she could find a lot of success racing an extra eighth of a mile. In her first two career races, this filly made up solid ground in both those efforts in deep stretch but was screaming out for more distance. Her last race was very impressive, albeit against maiden company, however her speed figures rank up there with the rest of them and she looks to be entered in a nice, competitive spot.
#8 Vouch: Looked impressive in his debut as he led every step of the way and won by open lengths in style. He moves up in class today and meets a substantially tougher field of runners. Vouch’s workouts have been quick recently and that’s a great sign. I like how he has shown he is capable of rating already in his one career race, and the distance should be an asset rather than a hindrance. With a clean break, he should be on the lead again today and could be left uncontested!
#6 Sharp Azteca: Narrowly missed last time out in the Breeders’ Cup Las Vegas Dirt Mile and I think it’s more of a testament to how huge of a race the winner, Battle of Midway, ran rather than a knock on the performance of Sharp Azteca. He fought on very gamely from the inside, but was put away late in the Dirt Mile. I think he’s the most talented runner in this field today and the addition of jockey Javier Castellano adds to the intrigue.