Our trip out to Parx Racing on Saturday was productive but chalky with our top pick Hot Rod Charlie, an impressive winner of the Pennsylvania Derby (G1), returning $3.80 for the win.
The $2 exacta with our second choice Midnight Bourbon paid $10.60.
Clairiere got the job done as our top pick in the Cotilion (G1), returning $7.20. Along with my fourth choice Obligatory the $2 exacta paid a decent $38.40.
Hot Rod Charlie and his connections had to endure yet another inquiry and jockey objection as the colt drifted outward turning for home briefly interfering with Midnight Bourbon.
The colt drew clear to win by 2 ¼ lengths and the result was allowance to stand as Midnight Bourbon was second best.
On Sunday we will head out to Oklahoma to Remington Park which hosts eight stakes this afternoon including the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) and the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks (G3).
My Best Plays Report for Sunday includes my 10 strongest plays from Belmont Park and Remington Park.
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Here is the second race (the opener looks chalky) from Belmont Park to get the day off to a good start:
BELMONT PARK 2 ANALYSIS (1:33 P.M. ET)
Race 2 Md $40,000
#7 Noble Journey 6-1
#3 Shutters 9-2
#12 Straight Skinny 15-1
#1 Pivotal Run 6-1
Analysis: Noble Journey drops in for a tag for the first time here for the Jerkens barn. This guy was third or fourth in each of his first five starts. Last time out the gelding checked in eighth after getting bumped coming out of the gate, getting stuck in tight quarters and then did not have any response late in an eighth-place finish. The top three in that race all came back to win next out. The blinkers come off and he faces an easier group here tagged for the first time.
Shutters was sent off as the favorite in his debut last out and was not much of a threat in a sixth-place finish in a field of eight. He returns with blinkers added and the $115,000 Spa purchase is in for a tag. Brown is 26% winners dropping runners from maiden special to maiden claiming. He is out of a Smart Strike mare that has dropped one other runner, two-time turf winner Nantucket Red ($1977,824). He should show more here for Brown who has gotten off to a slow start at the meeting, winning with just 2 of his first 26 starters.
BELMONT PARK 7 ANALYSIS (4:10 P.M. ET)
Race 7 Clm $40,000N2L
#5 Made Me Day 3-1
#7 Agent Creed 6-1
#2 Prefect 5-2
#11 Public Information 3-1
Analysis: Made Me Day was bumped coming out of the gate, stalked the early pace from the outside, came with a run and then ran out of gas late to check in fifth beaten four lengths. Two back the gelding was a game third, beaten 3/4 of a length for the top spot. The runner up, fifth and sixth place finishers came out of that race to win next out. The winner Panster was a good second against state bred Alw-1 foes in his next outing on Sept. 3 at the Spa. This guy should get a good tracking trip sitting just off the pace and he graduated over the grass here last fall. Looks capable of a bit better than we got out of him in his last outing.
Agent Creed was pinched back coming out of the gate and away last and never got involved in an 11th place finish last out at 39-1 against Alw-1 optional claimers going nine furlongs. He drops into an easier spot here tagged for $40,000 and facing non-winners of two. He graduated over the grass here in his second career start. He was a decent third two back against state bred Alw-1 foes, beaten two lengths. The runner up Matty's Express came back to beat state bred Alw-1 foes in his next outing and then was third versus state bred Alw-2 optional claimers in his most recent start. He figures to bounce back with a better effort here on the class drop.
REMINGTON PARK 8 ANALYSIS (6:33 P.M. CT)
Race 8 The Remington Park Oaks G3
#1 Pauline's Pearl 5-2
#3 Amendment Nineteen 7-2
#5 Lovely Ride 3-1
#7 Lady Mystify 4-1
Analysis: Pauline's Pearl stalked the early pace and came up the rail with a good late rally to finish in the runner up spot in the Charles Town Oaks (G3) which was at seven furlongs but around two turns. Her best effort came winning the Fantasy (G3) at Oaklawn Park back in April. She then ran into Malathaat and Search Results in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and was third in the Iowa Oaks (G3) two back. She makes her third start of her current form cycle and stretches back out to a route. She is going to be tough in this spot for Asmussen.
Amendment Nineteen was a good second last out at the Spa versus Alw-1 company in her first start against winners going seven furlongs. She graduated second out going a mile in the slop. She ran second to Always Carina in her debut, that filly now graded stakes placed. She looks ready for her first trip around two turns here for the Cox barn that takes over from Linda Rice and is 26% winners with newcomers to the barn.
These are price plays for exotic players looking to find a couple of extra contenders to use in their Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers. Or for those with smaller bankrolls, you might want to get in a small win wager.
R1: #6 My Sunny Valentine 10-1
R2: #12 Straight Skinny 15-1
R3: #3 Thruster 15-1
R5: #5 Party At Paige’s 12-1
R8: #11 Unicorn Sally 8-1
R9: #2 Lady Rocket 8-1
R10: #2 High School Crush 8-1
Good luck today!