by Jeff Siegel
March 19, 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.
Golden Gate – Third Race – Post time: 2:28 PT
1-Into the Wind (7/2)
The even money morning line favorite Made In Karoo will be tough to beat let’s go for a better price with this lightly-raced Southern California shipper. The daughter of Big Blue Kitten showed some ability in her debut over the all-weather surface at Turfway Park last month and then was out of her element when badly overmatched in straight maiden company at Santa Anita. This maiden $8,000 claiming field should be within her range, and from her favorable rail draw she’s guaranteed a good ground-saving trip. If she’s going to be any kind of race horse, this would be a good place to show it, so at 7/2 on the morning line she offers a bit of gamble in the win pool and in rolling exotic play.
Santa Anita – Eighth Race – Post time: 4:53 PT
3-Alexander’s Dream (8-1)
Sophomore maiden finally gets a chance to stretch out around two turns and we suspect the J. Bonde-trained colt will make the most of the opportunity. Bred for turf and displaying improvement in his first try on the sod last month, the J. Bonde-trained colt finished with interest to be a good third while earning by far a career top speed figure. He’s worked well since so another forward move is likely, and projects to draft into a comfortable second flight, ground-saving position and then have every chance. There’s good long shot value here at anywhere near his 8-1 on the morning line