Friday, May 11, 2018

Handicapper's Corner: 2018 Man O'War Stakes

Turf Veterans Highlighted in Man O'War Stakes

By: John Caro, S. FL ThoroFan Member

Another big money race at Belmont to start this season and some fine older veterans going hard on the inner turf. 

There are many who have the class and back class to be a top pick for this one but, I’m going to point to a horse that has been the distance five times and won or placed at each asking, #6 Call Provision as a second choice. Clearly, he does not race at the same level often but, his last out against my second pick, #9 One Go All Go shows he can be competitive in this level.

Of course, the old warrior, #2 Sadler’s Joy, has to be in the ticket with his class and history along with #8 Big Picture with his Belmont record and he’s always trying.

Finally, there is #7 Hi Happy, last out winner in the Pan Am as a well rated leader who can cut good fractions. I think he may have his hands full on the lead with #3 Scholar Athlete but, his distance experience should hold him up. The rest are all worthy of a look though I believe these are the guys who can get it done at the finish.

I’m betting a low-cost bet today and saving some shekels for next Saturday. If it stays on the turf the bets should look like this:

$1 Superfecta: 7 with 6,9 with 2,6,9,8 with All - $36
$3 Exacta: 2,7,8,9 with 6 - $12

Off the turf…
$4 Exacta: All with 8,9 - $48 (or less depending on the scratches) 

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