by Jeff Siegel
February 20, 2021
Every Friday thru Sunday 1/ST BET handicapper Jeff Siegel offers his best wagering opportunity from a selected North American racetrack. These “Best Plays” can take the form of a win wager, exacta, trifecta, or a daily double, pick-3, pick-4 or pick-6.
Aqueduct – 8th race – Post time: 4:50 ET
8 – Brattle House (3-1)
Won her debut last November over this track and distance by a value much greater than her 5 & 1/2 length margin gives her credit for, and we suspect that this New York-bred filly will deliver a repeat victory despite the class hike to this year’s edition of the Maddie May Stakes. Very quick from the gate in her first start, the daughter of Malibu Moon opened up at will entering the lane was eased up to a virtual walk in the final stages of the race to win like a future star. She’ll probably have to put in a full day’s work this time, but the C. Clement-trained sophomore, a $775,000 yearling purchase, should be more than up to the task. At 3-1 on the morning line she’s a win play and rolling exotic single.
Gulfstream Park – 11th race – Post time: 5:16 ET
7 – Mrs. Danvers (2-1)
Earned a career top speed figure – one that is usually associated with Grade-1 company – when trying two turns for the first time and winning the Comely S.-G3 with complete authority in her most recent outing in late November in New York. Freshened and training like she’s fit and ready for her 4-year-old debut in this year's renewal of the Royal Delta S.-G3, the daughter of Tapit should settle just off the leaders outside and then have every chance to exert her superiority from the quarter pole home. She’s 2-1 on the morning line and she’ll offer good wagering value in the win pool at anywhere near that price.