by Jeff Siegel
February 28, 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.
Gulfstream Park – Third Race – Post time: 1:08 ET
3-Publicly Available (2-1)
This strong, powerful colt has taken some time to get to the races but a series of sharp drills at Payson Park should have him fit enough to win at first asking in this six furlong maiden special weight affair for 3-year-olds. The son on Liam’s Map, a $275,000 yearling purchase that looks the part, shows a :48 3/5 seconds gate workout 15 days ago over the deepish Payson Park surface that was the fastest of 58 for the distance, and from a barn that is more than capable of winning with a debut runner this colt will be hard to beat if he leaves with his field.
Gulfstream Park – Sixth Race – Post time: 2:36 ET
7-Cambi Lion (6-1)
Medaglia d’Oro colt from the terrific turf race mare Cambiocorsa finished sixth in his debut over the local lawn but by all rights should have been much closer in a race taken but subsequent stakes winner Annex. Was off slowly from his outside draw and trailed early, rallied inside into the lane and was finishing with purpose until running into a road block inside the sixteenth pole that cost him all of his momentum. As it was, Shug’s colt was beaten just four and one-half lengths, and since second time starters from this stable almost always improve, this promising 3-year-old seems capable of springing a surprise at 6-1 on the morning line in this middle distance maiden affair for sophomores.