I’ve updated the “Free Horse Racing Picks” page with my selections for this weekend. I’ve picked several SSM races along with the Santa Monica and Forward Gal. I plan on adding other races tomorrow. Most of the races this weekend are very tough. I don’t feel very strong about any particular pick, but if I had to pick one it would be Compari in the Sunshine Millions Classic. He is a win machine and has proved he can handle the distance. Garrett Gomez will be in the irons and the colt will offer good value because of the presence of The Usual Q.T. who will be entering this race after a lengthy win streak on the turf.
The Usual Q.T. looks like a logical pick and probably should win the race. However, he will be a short price and Compari could be comprable in talent. I don’t think we really know how good he is yet. This will certainly be the acid test. He is in good hands with Gomez and I’m willing to roll the dice at a decent price.
I really like She Be Wild and I had her when she won the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies, but I feel she is very vulnerable in the Forward Gal Stakes. I expect her to be heavily bet. She could bounce in her first race on traditional dirt. The filly must also contend with a layoff. I’ll look to Sister Resistor in that race. She has a nice closing kick and should be a good price with Kent Desormeaux in the irons.
In the SSM Turf I went with Duke of Mischief. I like the number at 8-1. He closed very well when he won last out despite dreadfully slow fractions. He looked very good heading into last years Haskell, but hasn’t really panned out since then. I believe the talent is still there and he will show us how good he really is in this event.
The Santa Monica is arguably the deepest and toughest race of the weekend. There are so many good fillies and mares in the race and any number of them could win. I took distance specialist Evita Argentina who won last out in the La Brea at just over 4-1. She has a great closing move, but I fear there may not be enough speed for her. I’m going to cross my fingers and hope a speed due develops.
Who do you like this weekend?