Best Bets: Coast-to-Coast Stakes Selections

Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing

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, April 21

Longshot Play

Charles Town, Race 10, $100,000 Dance to Bristol Stakes, 5:04 p.m. ET

#5 In the Navy Now: She’s trying sprinting for the first time and I do think that's interesting as she's done fairly well throughout mile distance races. She fits in well with this group and has shown she can compete in the lower stakes ranks. Hopefully there is enough speed up front early that she can close on the front runners late, as stylistically her best races have been run with one late move in deep stretch.

Best Bet

Keeneland, Race 9, $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes, 5:30 p.m. ET

#10 Itsinthepost: With the exception of the Breeders' Cup Turf, he's been exceptionally consistent and I love to see that racing longer plays to his strengths, as a mile and a half is an exceptionally grueling distance. He's usually a super short price - for good reason - and it should be no different today as he tries to make it four straight wins.

Best Bet

Charles Town, Race 11, $1.2 million Charles Town Classic, 5:36 p.m. ET

#6 Diversify: I would have loved to see a start already in 2018 as it can take some time to freshen up after layoffs. Historically his time off has not been an issue, albeit the layoffs haven't been as long as this one. He had a really quick workout on April 14 and I anticipate he puts his speed to good use and breaks to the front early. If that's the case, he will be tough to track down late.

Longshot Play

Santa Anita Park, Race 8, $100,000 American Stakes, 6:30 p.m. ET

#2 What a View: I expect him to be sharper third start off a lengthy layoff, and although he wasn't competitive in his last, I do think his connections choosing to enter him in a Grade 1 is a positive sign. Speed-wise, he's quick and if utilized well could really work to his advantage. I think this is a good distance and Santa Anita has historically been a favorable track for this gelding.

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