Xpressbet writer Jeff Siegel offers his top plays for Friday.
Saratoga Race No. 7 (4:29 p.m. ET/1:29 p.m. PT)
#1 Acoustic Ave (5-2)
Loved the way this son of Maclean’s Music graduated at first asking, doing so with complete authority, plenty left in the tank, and with a strong speed figure. Since his maiden win last month, the Christophe Clement-trained juvenile has been very impressive in the morning, so we’re expecting a significant forward move, one that should be good enough to win right back in this year’s edition of the Funny Cide Stakes. Rail and all, he’s a solid pick and 5-2 on the morning line.
Saratoga Race No. 11 (6:47 p.m. ET/3:47 p.m. PT)
#3 Dressedforthefifth (5-1)
This second time starter returns following a 15-month layoff in a logical spot for a 4-year-old, a maiden $40,000 turf miler that looks pretty soft on paper. From a barn that has powerful stats with layoff runners (23 percent) and with “go-to” rider Joel Rosario in the saddle, this son of Malibu Moon sports a steady, healthy series of workouts at Belmont Park and Saratoga to have him fit and ready. We’re expecting the Christophe Clement-trained ridgling to fire a winning shot off the bench and at 5-1 on the morning line there’s good value to be found in the Win pool and in the various rolling exotics.
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