by Eddie Olczyk
October 1, 2020
Xpressbet and NBC Sports analyst Eddie Olczyk is back for Preakness Day at Pimlico with three spot plays designed to boost your bankroll prior to the Third Leg of the Triple Crown.
RACE 4 (12:46PM ET) // HILLTOP STAKES // 1 MILE (TURF)
#4 AMERICAN GIANT (6/1)
In a race with a very hot pace, his only chance is to rate and finish up strong. He seems to be a better horse his last 2 races since the layoff from January to July. Win bet. Daily Double 4-4 and Pick Three 4-4-3 to Sound Machine and Hembree in the next pair of races.
RACE 5 (1:22PM ET) // G3 MISS PREAKNESS STAKES // 6 FURLONGS (DIRT)
#4 SOUND MACHINE (4/1)
Favorite Mundaye Call is very fast early and could have company with Ain’t No Elmers and Fly On Angel. Sound Machine has the ability to rate and that will be key. The second race off a layoff could move her forward after hinting at much promise this winter at Gulfstream. Win bet. Daily Double 4-3 to Hembree in the next race.
RACE 6 (2:01PM ET) // G2 DINNER PARTY STAKES // 1 1/16 MILES (TURF)
#3 HEMBREE (9/2)
Late runner gets a lot of speed to run at in this one. I’m concerned that he’s won just 6 times from 37 starts (17 times second or third), but this matchup suits his style. Expect even-money favorite Factor This and Somelikeithotbrown to provide a legitimate pace. Win bet.