Jeff Siegel's Best Bets: Moon over Los Alamitos
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LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE – 3rd RACE. POST TIME 1:58 PT
2 – HARVEST MOON (8/5)
Made her debut in a difficult spot when facing a seasoned group of winners in a first-level allowance turf miler last month and actually acquitted herself very well. The daughter of Uncle Mo made a strong bid on the turn to loom a threat and then stayed on nicely to be beaten less than three lengths by a stakes-quality filly, and today surfaces in a maiden race over a Los Alamitos main track that she received all of her early training over. With the switch to Flavien Prat for a barn that is solid with second-timers, she looks like a logical play and rolling exotic single at anywhere near her morning line of 8/5.
BELMONT PARK – 9TH RACE. POST TIME: 5:36 ET
8 – DALIKA (5/2)
This German-bred filly seems to have found her niche as a late-running turf sprinter after a series of long-distance races that really didn’t bring out her best. A visually pleasing win at Churchill Downs in late May—she won despite traffic trouble and was geared down late—was a smart way to return to competition after a five-month vacation and not much more will be needed to land the Albert Stall, Jr.-trained filly in the winner’s circle in this listed grass dash for fillies and mares. Joel Rosario stays aboard and should have her free of trouble from her comfortable outside post position. There’s value here at 5/2 on the morning line if you can get it.
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