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.
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This Weekend’s Bets
Saturday Sept. 7
Woodbine, Race 5, 3:21 p.m. ET
#7 Jungle Fighter: With quite a few horses looking to work out closing trips, this ridgling could benefit from the lack of pace and flaunt some early speed. He is very lightly raced and only has one effort over the turf thus far – a runner-up finish by a head at the same class level he is entered into today. Look for another solid effort Saturday afternoon.
Woodbine, Race 7, 4:25 p.m. ET
#3 Piper’s Legacy: She has recently logged some turf efforts that have clocked in a full second faster than most of her competition. Having that kind of speed and early running style should help her in a field that mostly consists of horses moving up in class and trying their luck against tougher. She enters in great form, having won two of her three most recent races, and she should be able to build off that success.
Gulfstream Park, Race 11, $100,000 Sheer Drama Stakes, 6:06 p.m. ET
#1 Stormy Embrace: She takes a huge drop in class today out of graded stakes competition to race in the overnight stakes ranks. Last time she raced versus similar, this mare opened up to a 10-length lead and won handily. Look for her to take advantage of drawing the inside post and flaunt some early speed. The price will be very short – justifiably so – but she looks like a worthy single in the pick 4/5/6 sequences.
#5 Bigger Picture: The morning line is very generous on this gelding who has found a lot of success traveling at this grueling mile and a half distance. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione was on board for his most recent win, so it is nice to see them reunited. Look for this gelding to settle in unhurried and make a late stretch bid.
Favorite Sports Pick of the Weekend
Sunday, Sept. 8
National Football League: Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Chargers
PICK: Under 44.5 (-110): Week 1 is not what either of these two teams anticipated, with Andrew Luck retiring weeks before the start of the regular season for Indianapolis, and Melvin Gordon sitting out in the opening week for the Chargers.
The Colts will naturally struggle on offense with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, and last season when competing without Gordon the Chargers had difficulty managing the flow of the game. I expect both offenses to struggle early and the Colts defense to come out fired up on the road.