Eddie Olczyk: Saturday Spot Plays | August 14, 2021

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.

Del Mar
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.


Arlington Park
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.


Arlington Park
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.

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