by Eddie Olczyk
December 4, 2020
Xpressbet and NBC Sports handicapper Eddie Olczyk has a trio of spot plays from Gulfstream Park and Aqueduct this Saturday for Claiming Crown Day and Cigar Mile Day. Edzo’s backing a couple of major longshots during the noon ET hour, so get an early start to your day.
GULFSTREAM PARK // RACE 1 (12:05PM ET) // MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
#7 TALK DIRTY (30-1 ML)
The trainer/jock combo here is one I like and underrated on both ends. First-time starter is out of a mare who won her initial turf try. This is an outstanding grass pedigree. Her works are little light on numbers from what I see on paper, but you’ve gotta think there’s a lot of bottom here. Great way to kick off the day at Gulf.
AQUEDUCT // RACE 3 (12:30PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING
#5 LIQUOR (20-1 ML)
Considering I am a non-drinker, I probably should start after the last 8 months we all have been through. Kidding aside, this longshot showed speed-and-fade in his last start Nov. 7 from an outside post. He moves in a bit, and I’m hoping a 1-run mindset is the plan. The assumption is the track will be off with wet weather expected in the New York area. Okay by me either way. I will propose a toast if Liquor can hit the board at a big number.
GULFSTREAM PARK // RACE 7 (3:08PM ET) // CLAIMING CROWN EMERALD STAKES
#4 TEMPLE (4-1 ML)
This gelding loves Gulfstream Park’s turf (4 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds from 8 attempts). There’s not a ton of pace expected, so he should follow Tusk and Over the Channel and get a perfect set-up. Trainer Mike Maker has half the field, let’s hope I’ve got the correct one with Temple.