Holiday Monday [Free Selections]

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 18, 2010 in Free Picks and Tips | 1 Comment >>

M.L.K. Day has always allowed for an extra day of weekend racing. With so many players given the day off, they can enjoy some quality racing on a Monday afternoon. You can bet we will be looking, and here are a few that have caught our eye.

Santa Anita is the race place, and hopefully this will be the place where you cash out big.

Race #1 – #6 Cee Stone (7/5). An ultra speedy mare with Alonso Quinonez in the saddle. She is dropping in class for trainer Mike Machowsky. Add in blinkers, and a player’s angle of 3rd time off a layoff. I think you will have to fish for the big value by using her in all of the gimmicks. I think she should break to the lead and not look back.

Race #4 – #1 Hockley (9/2). Ahmed Ajtebi for Eoin Harty. If the rider doesn’t sound too familiar, give him time…  He was the one time camel rider who won a Breeders’ Cup race. He is in California to stay, and has high hopes of making it big…  The 1 1/8th turf hits him well, and Harty is 36% ITM on the weeds. This runner is second off of the shelf, and was four wide rolling down the lane last out. After a compromised start, he came lights out down the lane. 4/5 lifetime, and with a hungry rider who wants to make his mark.  That B/C race two back is a long time in his history, and today should be easier.

Race #6 – #5 Exfusion (6-1). Mike Smith is up for Jerry Hollendorfer. 2/2 ITM, and last out bobbled at the break. The extended distance may help the cause, and Smith is everybody’s go-to-guy. He has been facing some nice company in his brief career, and the smart players will see this right off the bat. I see him enjoying the distance, and with a clean trip, a diploma is in his future.

Enjoy your day off work, and use these selections with other tier plays. I always remind you of this, and it is a must before you finalize your plans. You always want to find the max value, and the tiers will show you more than just the favorite. It is up to you to pull it all together and make it happen.

Good luck, and enjoy this great day of racing!