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Friday, September 18: Jeff Siegel's National Best Plays

by Jeff Siegel

September 18, 2020

Belmont Park – First Race. Post time: 1:00 ET
1 – Zainalarab (8/5)

Diminutive daughter of War Front was a $1 million Keeneland yearling purchase and makes her debut in this six furlong sprint that ushers in the fall Belmont Park season. She’s done everything asked in the morning for a barn that hits at a strong 21% with first-timers while displaying excellent quickness, so we’re expecting a winning effort first crack out of the box from this War Front filly out of Monmouth Oaks winner Delightful Joy. At 8/5 on the morning line we can use her in the win pool and as a rolling exotic single.

Belmont Park – Sixth Race. Post time: 3:36 ET
6-Lowcountry (8-1)

Here’s a good price chance in this maiden special weight juvenile filly turf miler. This Frosted filly from the Grade-2 placed Lemon Drop Kid mare Kiawah Cat has done all of her preparation at Fair Hill training center, and based on her consistently good workout times she may have enough ability to spring a surprise in this wide open affair. The M. Stidham barn has solid stats with first-timers, and the barn’s go-to rider K. Carmouche takes the call, so let’s try the Godolphin homebred at or near her morning line of 8-1.

Golden Gate Fields – Seventh Race. Post time: 4:15 PT
5-Scherzo (5/2)

English-bred filly makes her U.S. debut after a couple of promising all-weather runs overseas, and if she duplicates either one of those efforts today the daughter of Golden Horn should earn her diploma in this one mile grass affair for distaffers. She gets Lasix and high-percentage jockey K. Frey following a relatively brief work tab that indicates the M. Padilla-trained sophomore arrived in the Bay Area fit and ready. The barn does very well with these types of imports, so at 5/2 on the morning line she should be able to outclass the competition.