The focus can be anywhere in the country, and this weekend in Chicago there will be much action to watch. There is an all graded Pick 4, and a sweet, all G-1 Pick 3. It should be a good day of racing, and you will want to get in on the action as it will be a preview of the Breeders’ Cup.
Here is an overview of the Pick 4 and Pick 3 for this great day of racing:
Race #7 – #6 Armstrong Mill (9-2)
Kieron Fallon up for Clemente. The runner has not raced in 50 days for a 21% move with this action. 7/8 lifetime, and the dam has 6 starters, 5 winners, and 2 turf winners. Fallon is patient, and has a sharp Saratoga work under his belt. Some of the other players in the race are – Free Fighter, and Lemonade Kid.
Race #8 – #1 Paddy O’ Prado (1-1)
I have been touting this runner since March 6th, at Gulfstream Park. Kent Desormeaux and Dale Romans team up together, and he is looking like the real McCoy….. 6/6 lifetime on the turf, and is 2/2 at the distance. He is a solid as they come, and this son of El Prado can come flying late in the final quarter. This is his race to loose with a clean trip. Some of the major players in the race are: Wigmore Hall and Workin for Hops.
Race #9 – #10 Ave (5-1)
Ramon Dominguez in the irons for Roger Atfield. She doesn’t have to have her course with her, and Dominguez is 23% on the weeds. 2/2 at the distance, but the post does concern me. I think this is why you will get better odds than expected. Also take a look at Gypsy’s Warning and Hot Cha Cha.
Race #10 – #6 Gio Ponti (7-5)
Dominguez up again for Clemente in the 28h running of the Arlington Million. 3rd time off a layoff, and encountered traffic in the Man O’ War Stakes. The dam had some great action as a runner on the weeds, and this may shine right through. A clean trip will make him a candidate for a repeat from 2009 and 2010. Other runners getting minor awards are: Tazeez from Great Britain, and Just as Well with Julien Leparoux for trainer Jonathon Sheppard.
Be sure to check all of the tier levels for hidden value, and keep your eye on the track conditions. I expect by all accounts a firm footing, but you never know what Mother Nature holds in store for us.