Weekend Stakes / Free Selections

We have been living for the weekend, and now it is time to enjoy. The best races are always found, and the weekend warrior in all of us comes alive. So, get your hands on your E-Z Win Forms and let’s get busy.  This is “leave no money on the table” weekend.


Race #8 – The G-3 Discovery Stakes – 1 1/8 – 3:43 p.m. ET

#4 – Called to Serve (7-2) = Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat for Nick Canani. Third off the layoff, and they have had a solid work tab in California. Beaten favorite last out in the Temprence Hill at Belmont, and has two 1 1/8 races under his belt. Go back two races in the Oklahoma Derby, and you will see the favorite Willy Beamin was beginning to hang, and this gelding by Afleet Alex was rolling. Once they have gotten away from the synthetic and turf, this guy has been moving. I am using with: #3 – Stephanoatsee (6-1), and this runner is game for Graham Motion.  Don’t forget to toss in the favorite #6 – Willy Beamin (7-5) as this New York-bred for Dutrow runs very well off a layoff, and is 2/2 at the “Big A” with wins.

Churchill Downs

Race #7 – The G-3 Commonwealth Turf – 1 1/16 on the turf – 7:32 p.m. ET

#6 – Lea (5-1) = B.J Hernadez for Al Stall. 1/1 ITM at CD, and appears to be an upclose stalker. His works at Keeneland are solid, and turns back from 1 1/8 to 1 1/16. Was a luke warm beaten favorite in the Hawthorne Derby, and every time he goes to post the public has been savvy at the windows. This race is for 3-yr-olds, and he has beaten older twice on the weeds. Team Stall wins 22% on the grass, and Hernandez knows how to find the winner’s circle.

Race #9 – The G-2 Mrs. Revere Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 8:36 p.m. ET

They are under the lights at the Twin Spires, and the action should be hot, as the turf season begins to wind down.

#9 – Colonial Flag (8-1) = Joe Rocco Jr. has the call for Michael Matz, and this gal makes her second start off a layoff. She was 7-wide running late at Keeneland, and she is a gamer. Her last two works on the poly may have tightened the screws, and she was 2nd going 1 1/8 at CD four races back. She looks fresh, and was a beaten favorite in Lexington.  I am using her with: #1 – Leading Astray (12-1) = Eddie Perez up for his trainer Chris Block. They win 23% on the year, and this Ill-bred runs a solid effort every race.  I would be remiss if I didn’t use the horse-for-course #7 – Centre Court (5-2) = Julien Leparoux in the saddle for Rusty Arnold, and she is 2/2 with wins at CD.  Add in 7/7 ITM on the turf, and she has to be respected.

Delta Downs

Race #6 – The G-3 Delta Downs Princess – 1 mile – 4:43 p.m. ET

#1 – Rose to Gold (7-2) = Paco Lopez up today, and if you toss out the poly race at Keeneland. She looks awfully tough, and can be a handful. Draws the rail, and those two impressive races at Calder may have her ready for a super effort.

Race #7 – The G-3 Delta Downs Jackpot – 1 1/16 – 5:15 p.m. ET

#1 – Bern Identity (7-2) = Paco Lopez in the saddle for Kelly Breen and Team Hall. Impressive winner in his first time over the oval. He won with confidence, and has a bullet work after that win. They team up to win 53% on the year, and the upclose stalking style fits the tight turns as they run for the wire. I am using this 2-yr-old with: #3 – Central Banker (6-1) = Al Stall and Miguel Mena come to post, and they are having a  good year winning 29%. The last race was a great prep.  Also, #9 – Goldencents (5-2) = Kevin Krigger up for Doug O’Neill, and he lead most of the way to be bested by Shanghai Bobby. I don’t see anyone who could fill those shoes in here.

Be sure to check the tier levels to find “hidden” nuggets of price that can make your winner sweeter. Our mantra for the weekend:  ” Leave NO money on the table.”  – Best of luck!!