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Jeff Siegel's Best Bets: Geldings who make the cut

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

August 22, 2020 12:01 AM

Xpressbet analyst Jeff Siegel offers Best Bets Thursday-Saturday. On Friday at Saratoga, The Angry Man finished third ($2.50) and I'll Take The Cake ran out.

Golden Gate Fields 6th race – Post Time: 4:21 PT

6 – Blakeford (5/2)

Has the classic two-sprints-and-a-stretch-out pattern and seems certain to improve routing on grass while dropping out of a pair of straight maiden sprints into this much softer $32,000 claimer. The Jedd Josephson-trained gelding retains hot-riding Kyle Frey and should have enough tactical speed to gain a favorable early position before kicking home from the top of the lane to the wire. At 5/2 on the morning line he’s a win play and rolling exotic single.

Del Mar 11th race.  Post Time - 7:04 ET

4 – Shadow Sphinx (7/2)

Loved his comeback win at Santa Anita in a fast, highly-rated race and the Richard Baltas-trained gelding has looked every bit as good if not better in morning workouts since, giving strong indication that he’s ready for another winning effort. The veteran gelding has excellent tactical speed in a race that projects to have easy early splits, so flavien prat can have him on or near the lead throughout, just where he wants to be. We’ll make him a win play and rolling exotic single at or near his morning line of 7/2. 

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