by Jeff Siegel
June 18, 2021
Every Friday and Saturday 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 4 - Post time: 1:31 ET
5-Divine Wine (4-1)
Juvenile daughter of Into Mischief filly from an Australian group stakes-placed mare was quite impressive breezing a furlong in 10 1/5 seconds at the OBS March Sale before bringing $275,000 through the ring and makes her debut in this six furlong grass dash for the always-powerful I. Ortiz, Jr./C Brown team. A solid series of drills at Monmouth Park should have her plenty fit, and in a wide open fray she appears to have found a proper spot to graduate at first asking. At or near her morning line of 4-1 she’s a win play and a rolling exotic single.
Gulfstream Park Race 5 - Post time: 4:03 ET
9-Forever Souper (5/2)
Quick, athletic son of American Pharoah has displayed plenty of talent in his morning preps leading up to this five furlong sprint for 2-year-olds and will be tough to beat at first asking if he leaves cleanly from the gate. The Live Oak Stud homebred hasn’t missed a beat in a series of recent drills and goes for the red-hot M. Casse barn while landing the stable’s current “go to” rider E. Gonzalez. There’s plenty of wagering value in the win pool and in rolling exotic play at 5/2 on the morning line if you can get it. Exacta players should consider hooking up another promising newcomer, Octane, with our top pick.