Xpressbet analyst Jeff Siegel offers Best Bets Thursday-Saturday. On Friday, Sursum Corda won ($4.10) at Saratoga and El Tigre Terrible won ($4.20) at Del Mar.
Del Mar - Third race. Post Time: 3 p.m. PT
5 – Freedom Fighter (2-1)
This may be the barn’s most advanced (and most talented) juvenile we’ve seen to date. The son of Violence has done everything in the a.m. like a top-class prospect, breezing strongly without being asked for his best in each of his recent moves while outworking talented older horses. Obviously, in a five-furlong dash he has to break with his field, but if he does the son of Violence should be able to win at first asking and go on to bigger and better things. At 2-1 on the morning line he’s a strong win play and rolling exotic single.
Del Mar - Seventh Race. Post Time: 5 p.m. PT
9 – Taming the Tigress (3-1)
Was well-meant in her debut three weeks ago, but had everything go against her and under the circumstances did remarkably well to finish fifth, beaten less than two lengths. Drew the dreaded rail, was off slowly and veered in at the start, rushed up inside over the very deep footing and was in heavy traffic to the head of the lane, angled out, and then responded as best she could while unable to overcome the rugged trip. Much better drawn outside today, the Peter Miller-trained filly should have every chance to display her true ability. There’s plenty of wagering value at 3-1 on the morning line if you can get it.
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