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Jeff Siegel's Best Bets: Debuts at Laurel, Belmont

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

June 5, 2020 08:08 AM

The Xpressbet analyst offers his plays for Fridays and Saturdays.

 

Laurel Park – 7th race. Post Time: 3:51 ET

11-Francatelli (7/2)

Looks to be an extremely live and well-meant first-timer from the Cathal Lynch barn (superior starts with debut runners) in this maiden special weight turf sprint. The barn’s “go to” rider Xavier Perez takes the call on the son of City Zip (terrific grass sire), who sports an impressive workout resume that a couple of bullet drills including a nice breeze around dogs on the Laurel lawn May 31 as the final tightener. At 7/2 on the morning line he offers intriguing value both in the win pole and rolling exotic play under the assumption that the race remains on turf.  

Belmont Park – 10th race. Post Time: 6:08 ET

9 – Uncle George (8-1)

Shows an impressive series of drills for his long-awaited debut and we’re expecting a big effort from the son of Uncle Mo for the powerful jockey/trainer team of Frank Alvarado and Christophe Clement. From a stable that excels with first-timer starters, this $310,000 Saratoga yearling purchase displayed plenty of zip over the deep Payson Park training track before arriving in New York. So at 8-1 on the morning line, we’ll make him a win play and rolling exotic single.

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