Belle's Best Bets: Woodbine Stakes Selections

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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, Oct. 13

Longshot Play

Woodbine, Race 6, 3:57 p.m. ET

#3 Polar Light: A lot of these runners have struggled to make it to the winner’s circle and sometimes just backing a horse who has been winning and putting forth good efforts recently is more valuable than runners in a slump taking drops in class. Although he’s never raced over the all-weather surface before, coming off some solid turf efforts there’s no reason to believe that that he won’t take well to it especially if he uses his speed and inside post advantageously and attempts to wire the field.

Longshot Play

Woodbine, Race 7, $250,000 Nearctic Stakes, 4:30 p.m. ET

#10 Sweet Little Man: I think his stalking style and already being situated at Woodbine and running all of his career races here could potentially give him an edge as sometimes longer distances in shipping and trying a new track or surface could affect some runners. His recent two efforts in the graded stakes ranks showed us that he belongs, and I think at a huge price he’s certainly capable of getting up in time to hit the board.

Best Bet

Woodbine, Race 9, $800,000 Pattinson Canadian International, 5:41 p.m. ET

#2 Thundering Blue: He has shown a really powerful turn of foot and kick in deep stretch which is great over a track like Woodbine which historically has been pretty kind to closers. He’s looked good during workouts over the week on Woodbine and although he’s never raced in North America before, his American pedigree may come in handy. He certainly looks like the one to beat.

Best Bet

Woodbine, Race 10, $500,0000 E. P. Taylor Stakes, 6:18 p.m. ET

#8 Elysea’s World: I think it does help that one of her best efforts was a runner-up finish in the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes last year at Woodbine. It definitely looked like the track played favorably to her closing kick. Speed-wise, she’s quick and will hope for some faster fractions up front to run down the front-runners late. Although there is a slight jump in class, entering the race off two straight victories might instill some confidence.

Sports Pick of the Weekend

Sunday, Oct. 14

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Dallas Cowboys

PICK: Jacksonville Jaguars -3 (-110): The Jaguars defense has been stellar holding opponents to 20 or less points in four of their five games. The Cowboys offense, although they have showed flashes of potential, has had games where they were totally anemic and unable to move the sticks. Offensively they just don’t have the weapons and it’s really hindered their chances in close games. Although the Jags offense hasn’t been very impressive, their defense should prove to be the “X-factor.”

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