Best Bets: Stakes Picks for a Stacked Saturday

Fans enjoy a day at Arlington Park. (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, July 7

Best Bet

Arlington Park, Race 9, $100,000 Arlington Handicap, 5:55 p.m. ET

#11 Divisidero: It’s interesting to see how this runner has been positioned closer to the pace this year with his new trainer, rather than trying to close from far back like he used to. I think that will be super helpful in this race where there doesn’t look to be a lot of early speed present. He’s taking a big drop in class whereas most of the runners are moving up. Play him if the price is fair at post time.

Best Bet

Belmont Park, Race 9, $700,000 Suburban Stakes, 6:18 p.m. ET

#5 Dr. Dorr: This gelding enters in sharp form and it really seems like he found his niche route racing. He continues to improve on a race-to-race basis which is great to see. Speed-wise, he’s quick and I anticipate he vies for position on or near the front end early. With a lot of big name runners and familiar faces, the price should be fair for this runner who seems to be rounding into form nicely.

Best Bet

Gulfstream Park, Race 12, $100,000 Not Surprising Stakes, 6:36 p.m. ET

#11 Coltandmississippi: He’s definitely good enough to overcome the outside post. The early speed he’s flaunted is nice and should help solidify some position close to the pace early. He’s one of two in here with graded stakes experience which is often helpful. It looks like he’s dropping in class today to get back in the win column and the price should be fair due to the large field size.

Best Bet

Saturday, Los Alamitos, Race 8, Great Lady M. Stakes, 7:28 p.m. ET

#4 Marley’s Freedom: She enters off three monster performances in a row. To win at six furlongs by over seven lengths last time out in a graded stakes race is exceptionally impressive and really showed how dominant she could be at the sprinting distance. This filly really looks like she could be something special.

Sports Pick of the Weekend

Saturday, July 7

Canadian Football League: BC Lions at Winnipeg Blue Bombers

PICK: Winnipeg (-5): The Lions’ struggles on the road continue to haunt them from last year into this season as they have lost their last five of six there. Winnipeg on the other hand came out super strong in their season opener producing a big upset against the Eskimos, and blew out the Alouettes on the road. Despite not being able to contain the Tiger-Cats last time out, Winnipeg should take advantage of their easy matchup versus a Lions team which struggles on both sides of the football, especially defensively.

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