Jeff Siegel's Best Bets for Saturday (7-31)

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

July 30, 2021 11:01 PM

Saratoga Race 6:  Post: 3:55 ET

4-RoyaL Spirit (5/2)

This $450,000 yearling by Into Mischief from a family high-quality distance runners debuts two-turning on grass in this maiden affair for juveniles that appears to have come up fairly light.  The T. Pletcher-trained colt has done some excellent work around dogs on turf and appears fit and ready to perform up to expectations.  This trainer/jockey combo that includes I. Ortiz, Jr. hits at a remarkable 30 percent with a significant flat-bet profit, so let’s go with this fresh face on top and hope to get close to his morning line of 5/2. 

Del Mar Race 3:  Post: 3:00 PT

1-Astronomer (4-1)

Promising colt makes his racing debut over a mile on grass and has trained like a quality sort who’ll appreciate the lawn and will run all day.  The son of Air Force One has done everything asked of him in the morning while working on the dirt main track but has a pedigree that suggests he’ll be much more comfortable and effective on the lawn.  From his inside draw, the S. Callaghan-trained colt should draft into a good ground-saving position and then have his chance to show his stuff under top turf rider U. Rispoli.  Listed at 4-1 on the morning line, he’ll offer plenty of value at or near that price.

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