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Sunday, November 15: National Best Plays

by Jeff Siegel

November 15, 2020

Aqueduct Sixth Race – Post time: 2:15 ET
6 – Linear Thinking (Ire)

Debuting daughter of Shamardal has done everything right in the morning while being given a solid foundation of easy, breezing workouts and should be plenty fit for a top effort first crack out of the box in this maiden special weight maiden fillies turf router. The C. Brown barn wins at a strong 20% with debut runners, and in a field in which the known element doesn’t particularly impress this promising juvenile should be capable of scoring at first asking. At 5/2 on the morning line she’s a win play and rolling exotic single.

Aqueduct Ninth Race – Post time: 3:47 ET
3 – Vigilantes Way (7/2)

Rapidly progressing daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was a bit unlucky when second in the Hilltop S. at Pimlico on Preakness day, closing stoutly but running out of room while earning a career top speed figure. The lightly-raced filly can be dangerous on the front end or from off the pace, so Johnny V. can assess the race flow and pick his trip. Shug’s filly continues to train well, should have no difficulty with give in the ground, and looks prepared to produce another forward move. There’s value at or near her morning line of 7/2 both in the win pool and in the rolling exotics.

Del Mar Fifth Race – Post time: 2:30 PT
6 – She’s Devoted (7/2)

Overcame a rough start and a wide trip to score impressively at first asking with an eye-catching late turn of foot from next-out winner Bella Vita in January, was entered back the following month but was scratched and stopped on. The R. Baltas-trained Cal-bred returns in a first-level allowance affair for barn that has superb stats with layoff runners while switching to F. Prat. Clearly comfortable as a turf sprinter and with a speed figure that makes her a solid fit despite the class hike, she’s a win play and rolling exotic key at or near her morning line of 7/2.