Dan's Double: Pegasus World Cup Day Picks

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Dan’s Double of the Week, featuring handicapping analysis from America’s Best Racing’s New York correspondent Dan Tordjman, is brought to you by Horseplayers.com, the official online qualifying site of the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) and National Horseplayers Championship (NHC). Horseplayers.com offers low-cost feeders every day and BCBC and NHC qualifiers every weekend, and it’s the only site where you can qualify for the $1 million BCBC. It’s free to sign up – click here to get information about registering and how to enter contests.

When it comes to making money when handicapping races and betting on horse racing, it’s all about picking winners. Tordjman – DanonymousMan to those who follow him on Twitter – is one of the sharpest horseplayers around.

Each Week, Tordjman will provide readers with his two best bets of the weekend and strategies for how to bet them. Good luck!

Saturday, Jan. 26

Gulfstream Park, Race 6, $125,000 South Beach Stakes, 2:02 p.m. ET

#9 Dolce Lili: Really looking forward to seeing this mare run on Saturday. You can put a line through her last race which was washed off the turf at Aqueduct back in November. She comes in fresh for a hot barn and has all the looks of a horse who’ll meet the demands of a slight step up in class into non-graded stakes company. This distance would seem to suit her, as she’s been within a length of the winner on multiple occasions going a mile on the turf (she’s been in the money in all four of her tries). Dolce Lili also gets Johnny Velazquez back up — he was aboard for her last win in September.

$10 Budget

$1 exacta key box 9 with 1,6,7, 12,13 ($10)

$25 Budget

$1 exacta key box 9 with 1,6,7, 12,13 ($10)

$5 win, place and show on #9 Dolce Lili ($15)

$50 Budget

$1 exacta key box 9 with 1,6,7, 12,13 ($10)

$4 exacta 9 with 13 ($4)

$8 win, place and show on #9 Dolce Lili ($24)

$.50 trifecta 9,13 with 9,13 with ALL ($12)

Gulfstream Park, Race 11, $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, 4:51 p.m. ET

#7 Bricks and Mortar: Off of a 14-month break, Bricks and Mortar posted a career-best 116 Equibase Speed Figure last out — that was 11 points higher than his previous best. With Fahan Muha and Channel Maker expected to ensure an honest past for this distance that should suit this horse; he just looks like one who can run all day. Bricks and Mortar also has a 123 late pace rating on Equibase, which is equal to the likely favorite in the race — Yoshida. Coming in with a set of sharp works, it’s obvious trainer Chad Brown has Bricks and Mortar ready for this dive back into graded stakes company. Were it not for the unknown variables of Japanese shipper Aerolithe and second-time U.S starter Magic Wand, I’d say Bricks and Mortar is as close as you’ll find to a lock on this Gulfstream card.

$10 Budget

$4 to win on #7 Bricks and Mortar ($4)

$1 trifecta key 7 over 1,4,5 ($6)

$25 Budget

$5 to win and place on #7 Bricks and Mortar ($10)

$1 trifecta key 7 over 1,4,5 ($6)

$1 exacta 7 with ALL ($9)

$50 Budget

$10 to win and place on #7 Bricks and Mortar ($20)

$10 exacta 7 with 1 ($10)

$5 exacta 1 with 7 ($5)

$1 trifecta key 7 over 1,4,5 ($6)

$1 exacta 7 with ALL ($9)

Last Week’s Earnings: $362.71

Year-to-Date Earnings: $704.81

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