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The wait for beloved Saratoga Race Course to open was a tad bit shorter this year.

With the addition of an eighth weekend, opening day arrives a week earlier than usual with July 11 serving as the first of 40 wonderful days at the Spa. Yet the idyllic conditions belie a formidable challenge for handicappers young and old.

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.

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.

The 14-horse field for Saturday’s $1 million, Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park includes nine horses with first- or second-place finishes in one or both of their most recent races. Eight of those nine efforts came in stakes.

If you’re already getting excited for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita, then you won’t want to miss the $700,000, Grade 2 Suburban Stakes on Saturday, July 6 at Belmont Park.

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