Jeff Siegel's Best Bets for Saturday (12-18-21)

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

December 17, 2021 08:01 PM

Aqueduct - Eighth Race - Post time: 3:37 ET

5 – Yo Cuz (9/2)

Flat out given a race in her debut, this Bill Mott-trained filly broke slowly to fall far back and trail early, remained under a stout hold to the head of the lane, and then was asked to finish up a bit and responded quite well, closing a gap on her own courage before galloping out past the entire field by the time they reached the clubhouse turn.  With an extra furlong to work with combined with a significant forward move that we’re expecting her to produce, she’s worth a play in the win pool and in the various rolling exotics at or near her morning line of 9/2.
 
Gulfstream Park – Eleventh Race - Post time: 5:05 ET
8 – Scarab (8-1)
Juvenile from Kelsey Danner’s barn sports a steady, healthy series of workouts that should have him plenty fit for a top performance.  His most recent work at Palm Meadows six days ago was clocked in :47.15 seconds around dogs on turf, the same final time assigned to his older stable mate Smokin’ Jay, winner of the Allied Forces Stakes at Belmont Park in September (we’re assuming they worked together).  From a solid barn with good stats across the board, he offers plenty to like in a maiden race that is begging to be won by a fresh face.
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