1/ST and NBC handicapper Eddie Olczyk pinpoints a trio of plays from his hometown Arlington Park and Del Mar for his Saturday best. Follow Edzo’s plays each week – only with 1/ST and Xpressbet.
Race 2 // 5:30 pm ET // claiming // 1-1/16 miles (turf)
#6 Full of Luck (12-1 ML)
Value shot is 1 of 5 horses who ran in the same July 17 race at Del Mar. That was his third race in 23 days — just like the time from his last race until now. Bad post in last and showed some speed and fought on from the 11 post. Moves in today and catches a smaller field field size. Like to see a same scheme mentality in place by jockey Franco, who is a solid turf rider. There’s not a lot of pace in this race. If I owned the horse, the directions would be: go out of gate. Across-the-board bet and use in exotics.
Race 7 // 5:49 pm ET // Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes // 1-3/16 miles (turf)
#4 Santa Barbara (2-1 ML)
We’ve had a lot of rain here recently in Chicago, and the course conditions should benefit her with give in ground. It’s a good field, not great, with Mean Mary to catch. Santa Barbara looks to be classy and her last race in New York was impressive. Win bet.
Race 8 // 6:28 pm ET // Grade 1 Bruce D Stakes // 1 mile (turf)
#9 Like a Saltshaker (12-1 ML)
Pennsylvania-bred’s only career race on turf came last year at Belmont, finishing second in a competitive stakes. In a race where it looks like the two inside horses are the speed, maybe this one can follow, stalking the pace, then punch home the last quarter-mile. Price will be right. Across-the-board bet and use in the exotics.