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Sunday September 20: National Best Plays for Sunday

by Jeff Siegel

September 20, 2020

Belmont Park – 3rd race. Post time: 2:04 ET
7 – Chasing Fame (3-1)

In what appears to be an unusually strong maiden special weight grass sprint for juveniles, let’s try to get home a first-time starting colt that gives every indication of possessing extreme speed. The D. O’Neill-trained son of Tapiture was impressive at the May Timonium 2-year-old in training sale, where he previewed on the bullring in a blistering :10 1/5, and his drills after returning to training in early August have consistently caught the eye. There are other highly-regarded colts in the field, among them the C. Brown-trained Realm of Law and T. Pletcher-trained Fighting Force, but if he performs as well in the afternoon as he has in his a.m. trials this grey rocket ship may take control early and be very tough to catch. At 3-1 on the morning line he’s a gamble in the win pool and in rolling exotic play.

Woodbine – 9th race. Post time: 5:35 ET
6 – Lady Speightspeare (5/2)

Graduated at first asking in a very fast seven furlong turf affair like a filly with a huge future and gets the acid test while moving up into Grade-1 company in this year’s powerful edition of the Natalma S.-G1. By Speightstown from the high-class turf mare Lady Shakespeare, the R. Attfield-trained filly may be quick enough to lead from the bell and if not pressured early should have no trouble carrying her speed an extra furlong. A bullet five furlong drill over the grass training track in :58 3/5 last week indicates she came out of her debut in fine fettle and is set to produce a forward move. She’s third choice on the morning line at 5/2 and at that price she’s worth strong consideration as a win play and rolling exotic single.