Belle's Best Bets: Stakes Picks at Parx, Laurel Longshot

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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 her top picks as well as at least one 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 occasionally look for strong exacta plays for the weekend or 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, Sept. 22

Best Bet

Parx Racing, Race 8, $150,000 Pa Derby Champion Stakes, 3:41 p.m. ET

#7 Collected: It has been a while since he’s raced however it’s not uncommon for him to be racing with eight or more months apart, and historically he’s done well first start off the layoff. His most impressive victory was in August 2017 when he defeated Arrogate in the Pacific Classic, and since then he has a runner-up finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and a disappointing effort setting the pace and folding late in the Pegasus World Cup. This runner, when on his game, is one of the best in the world and shouldn’t have much trouble today.

Longshot Play

Laurel Park, Race 8, $100,000 Laurel Park Turf Cup, 4 p.m. ET

#5 Postulation: He has had some difficult trips stalking two or three wide and been left with not enough late in the stretch. Inability to get settled in early and rate well have been the issues surrounding this runner who, if on his game, can compete against some of the top stakes competition. The drop in class to face easier, and move to a different barn could help get him back into the win column.

Longshot Play

Parx Racing, Race 9, $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes, 4:14 p.m. ET

#3 Seven Trumpets: He has quietly put together a pretty impressive resume, especially sprinting, where his best efforts have been. There seems to be enough speed entered today, that could work just perfectly for runners like this who will hope to be positioned mid-pack and make their move late off a stalking trip.

Best Bet

Parx Racing, Race 10, $1 million Cotillion Stakes, 4:55 p.m. ET

#2 Monomoy Girl: Many of the top runners will be making some starts against stakes competition over the next couple of weeks, preparing for the Breeders’ Cup races. Monomoy Girl has proven time and time again through her undefeated 2018 record why she’s the top filly racing in North America. Look to single her in all your exotics.

Sports Pick of the Weekend

Sunday, Sept. 23

National Football League: New York Giants vs. Houston Texans

PICK: Houston Texans -6 (-110): This looks like it could turn out to be a really long day and a lot of trouble for the Giants’ offensive line, which has really been struggling to protect the quarterback and make room for the dynamic Saquon Barkley to gain big yardage plays. The Giants have not been able to get anything going and really look like a struggling 0-2 team. The Texans at 0-2 lost two closely contested battles to the Patriots and the Titans and now return home. Take them to win and cover comfortably.

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