Xpressbet writer Jeff Siegel offers his top plays for Friday.
Belmont Park Race 8 (4:42 p.m. ET)
Quality stayer from Germany arrives following smart victory over this same marathon two-mile trip in a Group-2 event that clearly stamps him as the one to beat in this year’s edition of the Belmont Gold Cup. With tactical speed to assure a stalking, ground-saving trip and a late turn of foot that is tough to match in the final furlong, this 4-year-old gelding offers excellent wagering value in the win pool and in the various exotics at or near his morning line of 4-1.
Santa Anita Race 3 (5:09 p.m. ET/2:09 p.m. PT)
8-Green Eyed Lady (4-1)
Juvenile filly has looked rather nice in a pair of local workouts and appears fit and ready for a major effort first time out. The Michael McCarthy-trained daughter of Oscar Performance is bred strictly for grass and should be tough to outrun in this turf sprint with a clean break from her outside draw. She is listed at 4-1 on the morning line and is worth a play at that price.
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