Xpressbet writer Jeff Siegel offers his top plays for Saturday.
Del Mar Race No. 5 (5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT)
#9 Seal Team (7-2)
Debuting 2-year-old has done some excellent work in the morning for trainer Richard Mandella, and while first-timers from this barn have under performed of late (to put it mildly), this son of War Front may be able to buck the trend. He appears to be blessed with excellent gate speed, and with a pedigree that screams grass, this athletic colt looks very much like a live item under Flavien Prat. At 7-2 on the morning line, he’s a strong Win play and rolling exotic single.
Churchill Downs Race No. 6 (5:35 p.m. ET/2:35 p.m. PT)
#1 Coach (9-5)
This genuine and consistent filly is undefeated in a pair of one-turn races (her first two career starts, victories by a combined 14 lengths) and this drop back from a series of 10 consecutive route events should allow the daughter of Commissioner to achieve her peak performance. Fast on figures and a stakes winner over the Churchill Downs main track, the Brad Cox-trained filly should have enough early speed to use her rail post to good advantage and then be able to exert her superiority when the pressure is turned on from the quarter pole to the wire. Listed at 9-5 on the morning line, she will offer solid wagering value at that price if you can get it.