Dan’s Double: Stars and Stripes Strategy

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Fans enjoy an afternoon at Belmont Park. (Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing)

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Saturday, July 8

Belmont Park, Race 6, $400,000 Dwyer Stakes, 4:38 p.m. ET

#3 Practical Joke (7-5): Picking longshots week after week hasn’t served us well, so we’re going to go with two short-priced horses who look like standouts in this week’s double. Let’s start with Practical Joke … this horse ran big race after big race throughout the Triple Crown trail. The one knock on him was that he always hung late and needed to cut back in distance. Well, that long-awaited cutback happens on Saturday when he shortens up to a mile for the Dwyer.

Though this field is small, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bit of a pace battle up front between #2 Battalion Runner and #4 True Timber. That should benefit Practical Joke, who has always seemed like one of the most talented horses in this year’s 3-year-old crop, and he should prove it here.

Strategy on a $10 Budget

$10 to win on #3 Practical Joke ($10)

Strategy on a $25 Budget

$20 to win on #3 Practical Joke ($20)

$5 daily double 3 with 7 ($5)

Strategy on a $50 Budget

$30 to win on #3 Practical Joke ($30)

$10 daily double 3 with 4,7 ($20)

Belmont Park, Race 7, $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes, 5:13 p.m. ET

#7 Unified (5-2): This super-talented colt has never looked like one who wanted to go long, yet he ran one of his best career races beating Governor Malibu at a 1 1/8 miles last May. That was also his lone race on the dirt at Belmont. That bodes well for him in this spot, in addition to the strong set of workouts he comes in with. He also gets back his regular rider, Jose Ortiz. I expect the horse to stick to #6 Green Gratto, edge past him in midstretch and then hold off late rushes from #2 Mind Your Biscuits and #4 Tommy Macho.

Strategy on a $10 Budget

$10 to win on #7 Unified ($10)

Strategy on a $25 Budget

$10 to win on #7 Unified ($10)

$1 trifecta 4,7 over 1,2,4,7 over 1,2,4,7 ($12)

Strategy on a $50 Budget

$20 to win on #7 Unified ($20)

$1 trifecta 4,7 over 1,2,4,7 over 1,2,4,7 ($12)

$10 exacta 7 with 4 ($10)

$2 exacta 1,2,4,5 with 7 ($8)

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