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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, the official online qualifying site of the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) and National Horseplayers Championship (NHC).

America’s Best Racing 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.

This Weekend’s Bets

Happy Independence Day! Fourth of July weekend is going to be a busy one in the sport of horse racing. No fewer than five graded stakes races are on the Saturday agenda at Belmont Park, including the Grade 1 Manhattan Stakes.

I’ve always enjoyed betting races on synthetic surfaces because it feels like you are fairly rewarded for strong opinions, and in the $175,000 Eclipse Stakes July 4 at Woodbine I’m hoping to profit from that exact scenario.

The Fourth of July feature on a fantastic day of racing at Belmont Park is the Grade 1, $500,000 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, otherwise known as the Met Mile. Historically one of the biggest races in the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile division, this year’s race lives up to that billing with eight horses running the one-turn mile trip.

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