Tuesday Steamers [Free Selections]

by Ed Meyer

posted on July 27, 2009 in Free Picks and Tips | No Comments >>

Everyone likes a little candy. When we were a kid, we all sought the cookie jar. Nothing has changed as we have gotten older, and more than ever we look for something sweet to wager on.

Tuesdays can be a sparse day for finding tracks to play. I like to use the smaller circuits and find value where I can. Saratoga kicks up the next day, and we need to make hay while the sun is shining. So here are a few that deserve a good look before waiting for the bigger tracks.

Go to Race #3 at River Downs. The #1 Eagle Time is set to take flight. This 12-year-old horse is making his third start off a layoff, and comes in from Churchill Downs. That layoff was a lengthy five year vacation… But if you look at how he performed off the shelf, in conditioned 5,000 company, you will see he gave a strong account of himself.

He makes the drop into conditioned company, and draws the rail, where it has been rolling for a 19% win rate. Vernon Bush is aboard, and he is picky about just jumping on any runner. He has to be certain, or at least worked them in the morning.

In the 6th race, le’ts beat the chalk and take #4 Gold Medal Girl. This gal is 2/2 ITM at the River, and has the services of Jorge Bracho for Thomas Callahan. The dam of this runner was a stakes winner, and she has dropped 6 winners from 10 starters. Comes in fresh off a victory, and a win at this same distance. Things look good for her, and the favorite is trained by Joe Woodard. He is a white-hot-tough trainer this meet. But, he seems to be much better when his runners are making the drop down, versus going up the ladder. The price will be short, and the opportunity for value is there to be had.

So, get your data ready and look to fire away on a summer day at the River. I have always found that some of the biggest surprises come from the smallest tracks….

Good luck!