Belle’s Best Bets: Breeders’ Cup Saturday Picks

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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 in April 2018.

This Weekend’s Bets

Saturday, Nov. 2

Longshot Play

Santa Anita Park, Race 4, $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, 2:55 p.m. ET

#6 Bellafina: The outside post in her most recent start proved a little bit too difficult as she could never settle in and eventually faded badly in deep stretch. With her early speed she should be sent along in an attempt to dictate the pace. Although she does have wins at a mile or longer, she’s been very good sprinting and her early speed and running style should have her in a competitive spot. And she is a perfect 4-for-4 at Santa Anita Park!

Longshot Play

Santa Anita Park, Race 6, $1 Million Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, 4:10 p.m. ET

#4 Mr. Money: He seems to be rounding into form at the perfect time, winning four of his most recent five and narrowly missing in the Pennsylvania Derby last time out, losing by a neck. He is at his best working out a stalking trip, and if he is on his game he should have every opportunity to take advantage of that trip on Saturday. This mile distance looks ideal for him.

Best Bet

Aqueduct, Race 9, $150,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap, 4:30 p.m. ET

#6 Golden Award: She should be a big favorite in here despite the two months away from a racetrack. She’s at her best when working out a stalking trip, and draws a great post position to do exactly that. Luckily for her, there is no one in here anywhere near as good as the likes of Midnight Bisou or Elate, so getting to face off against easier and dropping to take on Grade 3 company once again should be appreciated.

Best Bet

Santa Anita Park, Race 12, $6 Million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, 8:44 p.m. ET

#10 Vino Rosso: Since the plan was instilled to get him involved in the pace scenario more often, we have seen some huge efforts. After getting disqualified from first in the Jockey Club Gold Cup due to bumping the eventual winner Code of Honor, he’s got a quick chance at a rematch just over a month later. With not a lot of horses showing much experience handling a mile and a quarter, we’ll settle on this colt who does his best racing going long.

Favorite Sports Pick of the Weekend

Saturday, Nov. 2

NCAA Football: Tulsa Golden Hurricane @ Tulane Green Wave

PICK: Tulane Green Wave –10 (-110)

Tulsa comes into this game losing four straight contests and they have posted a 2-6 overall record on the year. Their offense is only managing to put up 24.3 points a game, while their defense is surrendering 32.4 points a game.

The Tulane Green Wave have been able to put up points this year, averaging 36.3 points, and defensively have given up 25.4. They have gone 6-0 in their most recent home contests and should be able to roll and cover very comfortably.

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