Jeff Siegel's Best Bets: Spirit of July 4th
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BELMONT PARK – 2nd RACE. POST TIME: 1:49 ET
2 – SPIRIT ANIMAL (7/2)
Made his first start as a 4-year-old off a seven-month layoff and left his previous from behind when annihilating a restricted $50,000 claiming field three weeks ago with devastating late kick while registering a 5 1/2-length score and career top speed figure. Claimed by Rudy Rodriguez and protected on the raise after a recent bullet five-furlong main track drill, the son of Lemon Drop Kid, a winner of three of six career starts, switches to Joel Rosario, lands a favorable inside post, and should be capable of handling the class hike. At 7/2 on the morning line, he’ll offer plenty of value both in the win pool and in rolling exotic play.
GULFSTREAM PARK – 7th RACE. POST TIME: 3:00 ET
3 – PLUM FUNNY (3-1)
Homebred son of Distorted Humor from the multiple Grade 1 winner Plum Pretty finally makes it to the post midway through his 3-year-old campaign and has trained like the goods for Ralph Nicks (solid stats with debut runners). While the work tab doesn’t jump off the page, this impressive chestnut colt has handled everything that’s been matched up with him in the morning and should be plenty fit and ready for a top effort first crack out of the box. The barn’s “go-to” rider Emisael Jaramillo takes the call, so at 4-1 on the morning line we’ll make him a win play and key in all of our rolling exotics.
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