by Jeff Siegel
June 26, 2020
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CHURCHILL DOWNS – 5TH RACE. POST TIME: 3:10 ET
6 - CLEVELAND SIMPSON (7-2)
After tough trips in his first two career outings, this 3-year-old colt is due for some good luck and appears to have found a proper spot in this nine furlong turf affair for older maidens. Well-meant in his debut in January at Gulfstream Park, the son of Hard Spun clipped heels and nearly fell entering the far turn, raced in traffic when attempting to re-rally at the top of the stretch and then finished well to be second while no doubt best. Returning in late May, the E. Kenneally-trained colt was victimized by a poor draw and an extremely wide trip and understandably weakened late after looming a threat inside the furlong pole. Today, in a race without much pace, he should be comfortably placed throughout – perhaps even on the lead – and then have every chance to seal the deal. At 7/2 on the morning line he’s a win play and rolling exotic single.
LAUREL PARK – 7TH RACE. POST TIME 4:06 ET
10 – POT THE DOTS (3-1)
Shows improving speed figures in each of his three career outings, most recently when a strong runner-up in a fast, highly-rated miler after pressing the pace throughout in a similar first-level allowance affair. The son of Uncle Mo stretches out to two-turns today and despite his poor draw should be quick enough to get over and secure a good stalking position. With another forward move – and based on a healthy workout pattern since raced we’re expecting just that – the M. Trombetta-trained colt should be hard to beat and represents value at or near his morning line of 3-1.