by Jeff Siegel
May 8, 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. Selections are listed in chronological order.
BELMONT PARK // RACE 9 (5:12PM ET)
PETER PAN S. // 1 1/8 MILES (DIRT)
JEFF'S TOP PICK // #3 PROMISE KEEPER (7/2)
Lightly-raced and rapidly developing 3-year-old colt demolished a first-level allowance field at Keeneland last month by more than five lengths while earning a career top speed figure in a performance that stamps him as the one to beat in this year’s renewal of the Peter Pan S.-G3. The T. Pletcher-trained son of Constitution should love this nine furlong distance, retains regular jockey L. Saez, and projects to settle in the second flight and then blast home. He’s a play in the win pool and as a rolling exotic single.
SANTA ANITA PARK // RACE 5 (6:15PM)
OPTIONAL CLAIMING // 1 1/8 MILES (TURF)
JEFF'S TOP PICK // #2 PYTHAGOREAN (5/2)
Daughter of Medaglia d’Oro makes her West Coast debut for new trainer P. D’Amato (terrific stats with this angle) and has trained like she’s fit and ready in her first start since breaking her maiden at Aqueduct with a career-top speed figure last November. We are expecting an even better performance today, even though she might be better suited for a longer trip. At her morning line of 5/2, she offers value in the win pool and in rolling exotic play.