Xpressbet writer Jeff Siegel offers his top plays for Saturday.
Pimlico Race 10 (4:12 p.m. ET)
#7 Riot House (4-1)
Seeks his third straight win while moving into listed stakes company after a pair of impressive grass victories at Gulfstream Park, most recently a smart allowance score with a career top speed figure that makes him a strong threat again despite the class hike. The son of Violence has plenty of early speed but can stalk and pounce if the race flow dictates, so Luis Saez can assess the early fractions and choose his strategy on the fly. The Danny Gargan-trained sophomore is listed at 4-1 on the morning line and offers good value in the Win pool at or near that price.
Pimlico Race 13 (7:01 p.m. ET)
#5 Early Voting (7-2)
The lightly raced (just three starts) son of Gun Runner lost a toughie when missing by a neck in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial in early April and was wisely held out of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and instead was pointed for this race during the last several weeks. The Chad Brown-trained sophomore has looked terrific in the morning, projects as the controlling speed, and seems certain to produce yet another career top performance under conditions that appear ideal. We’ll consider a straight play at or near his morning line of 7-2 and also key him in the various exotics with the other main contenders (Epicenter, Secret Oath, Creative Minister).
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