Jeff Siegel's Best Bets for Friday (7-16)

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

July 9, 2021 06:01 PM

Saratoga Race 4:  Post:  2:49 ET

7-Angelou (5/2)

Had a bit of a rough go when missing at 3/2 in her comeback last month vs. similar maiden fillies and mares but at this mini-marathon trip the daughter of Curlin shouldn’t have any excuses.  She’s likely to make the running in a race that projects to have creepy-crawler early fractions, so given that type of trip we’ll make her a strong play in the win pool and in the various rolling exotics. 

Del Mar - Race 5:  Post: 4:00 PT

6-Takemebythehand (7/2)

European invader finished eagerly once room materialized to wind up a strong runner-up (well clear of the rest) in a good maiden event at Saint-Cloud in her debut in April and arrives in California following a series of recent training track drills that should have her ready to graduate in this mile grass affair for older fillies and mares.  She’s looked decent in her local drills (not great) but since she was ignored at 31-1 in her only outing the English-bred filly may be type that doesn’t show much in her a.m. drills.  At any rate, if she runs back to her French outing she’ll beat this field, especially with turf master F. Prat taking the call and as a first-time Lasix user.  

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