Saturday, June 27, 2009

The NYRA Pick... THREE?

I was originally going to do a post on the NYRA Pick Four today that includes Rachel Alexandra's return to the races in the Grade 1 Mother Goose at Belmont. However, I really don't like the last race of the sequence (the 1oth), so I have decided to just attack the Pick Three that ends with the Mother Goose. OK, here we go:

Race 7- There are four horses I think should be used in this leg of the wager on the Inner Turf Course at Belmont. #2 Piazza Di Spagna dug in well last time out for a 2nd place finish on May 25, 6 1/2 lengths behind the eventual winner. #4 Striking Rizzi is adding blinkers today and sports a strong workout on June 17. In addition, he is 15-1 on the morning line. #6 Pegasus Tommy D. gets Johnny V. in the saddle and scored his only win (and only top three) over the Belmont grass. #7 Relatively Ready has been the betting choice in four of the last five starts and was Sired by More Than Ready, one of my favorites from the 90s.

Race 8- Again, there is a foursome of runners I like in this leg. Actually, it's a fivesome, just four betting entries. The entry of #1 Sawtooth Mountain and #1a Forest Bell is a tough Pletcher entry. The #1 has been off since last September, when he was in Ireland running with graded company and the #1a was a turf winner two starts back. #4 Big Al is a Repent product that has worked very well at Monmouth so far in June. #5 Get Stormy has Storm Cat in the lineage and is a lukewarm price at 8-1 on the morning line. Finally, let's use #10 So It Goes, who also has Storm Cat in the lineage and has finished 2nd in both 2009 starts.

Race 9- The Grade 1 $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes- I don't think I have presented myself in this blog as being an idiot (or a twit, for those of you out there that are Anglophiles). I am going to single #3 Rachel Alexandra.

So here is the Pick Three play on Race 7-9 at Belmont Park on Saturday:

$1 PK3- 2/4/6/7 WITH 1/4/5/10 WITH 3
TOTAL- $16

As always, They Are Off assumes no responsibility for any wagers made in conjunction with these selections, they are merely suggestions. Tune in again on Monday for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!

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