Belle’s Best Bets: Del ’Cap Standout, Belmont Price

Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing

America’s Best Racing, Belle Premium American Vodka, and handicapper (and avid gambler) Monique Vág team up to provide horseplayers with their best bets of the weekend.

Vág will 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.

Belle Premium American Vodka is the official vodka of America’s Best Racing. The American-made, American-owned vodka is distilled in Virginia, the birthplace of Thoroughbred breeding and racing in North America. The company’s mascot, Belle ‘n Tonic, broke her maiden at Laurel Park in Maryland last April. 

This Weekend’s Bets

Saturday, July 14

Longshot Play

Arlington Park, Race 3, $32,000 maiden special weight, 3-year-olds and older, 3:32 p.m. ET

#1 Sailor Brodee: Racing at Arlington Park is interesting as its all-weather surface which tends to play very differently on a daily basis. Let’s take a shot on this runner who despite only having five career races has shown some versatility by either breaking to the lead or showing ability to rally late. In a wide-open field and at the sprinting distance, I like looking at runners drawing inside posts.

Best Bet

Delaware Park, Race 9, $750,000 Delaware Handicap, 5:35 p.m. ET

#6 Elate: Luckily for many of these runners, they get to avoid the likes of some super fillies in Abel Tasman, Forever Unbridled and Paradise Woods. I find myself landing on Elate today, a filly who really seemed to be coming into her own last year. The eight-month layoff will be super tricky but I have a sneaky suspicion she will be ready to go in her first start of 2018.

Longshot Play

Belmont Park, Race 9, $150,000 Forbidden Apple Stakes, 5:50 p.m. ET

#4 Voodoo Song: Pending a clean break, he will most likely be on the lead of this one-mile turf race, and I think if rated well, speed usually takes precedence as a racing style. He takes a drop out of the graded stakes ranks today and I think he’ll appreciate the added couple of furlongs as many of these runners primarily strike me as pure sprinters. The M/L odds are 5-1 and I anticipate an even more generous price at post time.

Best Bet

Los Alamitos, Race 8, $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby, 7:28 p.m. ET

#3 Ax Man: He’s had some troubled stretch runs which have resulted in him being eased up late. Today it certainly looks like he is the lone speed and should be able to avoid another speed duel upfront. I expect him to lead every step of the way and if he’s on his game, he looks to be in a league of his own.

Sports Pick of the Weekend

Saturday July 14

Canadian Football League: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at BC Lions.

PICK: Winnipeg (-7): If this bet looks familiar, that would be correct as last week we also backed Winnipeg who looked great from start to finish and went on to win huge, 41–19. The game was never close as the Lions had no response to the offensive run game of Winnipeg. With issues at the quarterback position in BC, and a team seemingly in complete disarray, look for another big victory from an inspired Blue Bombers team hoping to keep pace in a competitive West Division.

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