Jeff Siegel's Best Bets for Saturday (7-17)

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

July 17, 2021 06:01 AM

Saratoga - Race 6:  Post: 3:55 ET

4-Portfolio Company (5/2)

Well-regarded juvenile colt breezed like a nice prospect on the local main track for C. Brown six days ago but as a son of Kitten’s Joy almost certainly will show his best stuff on grass.  He gets his chance in this two-turn turf affair and appears cranked up and ready to go in a field filled with unknowns and question marks.  Based on his connections, he’s certain to get plenty of play but there will be plenty of value at or near his morning line of 5/2 in the win pool and in the various rolling exotics.  

Del Mar Race 5:  Post: 4:00 PT

3-Smash Ticket (3-1)

Texas invader tipped her hand with an excellent runner-up effort in her debut at Lone Star Park in early June, overcoming a slow start and a wide trip to wind up second behind the speedy and promising Wicked Halo in a hot race while finishing more than 10 lengths clear of the rest.  Nothing more should be needed in this five furlong maiden special weight sprint for this daughter of Midnight Lute to earn her diploma

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