Jeff Siegel: National Best Plays | Saturday, July 2, 2022

Churchill Downs – Fourth Race.  Post time: 2:19 ET
3-Dreamalot (5-1)

Displayed good ability in her only start last year when second (five lengths clear of the rest) behind future stakes star Marataya in a highly-rated maiden juvenile dash at Ellis Park.  A first-time Lasix user, the daughter of Ghostzapper shows a steady series of workouts that should have her fit enough for this seven furlong trip, and if she returns as well as she left the Brendan Walsh-trained sophomore should be hard to beat for a barn that has strong stats with layoff runners.  At a generous 5-1 on the morning line, she’s a win play and rolling exotic single.

Churchill Downs – Seventh race.  Post time: 3:55 ET
8-Kochar (5-1)

Steadily improving colt moves into stakes company in this year’s edition of the American Derby after a clever 10-furlong main track allowance win with authority last month.  The son of Uncle Mo has good tactical speed, plenty of stamina, and a comfortable outside post that should allow the Rudolphe Brisset-trained sophomore to dictate his trip depending upon the race flow.  At 5-1 on the morning line there’s value to be found in the win pool and in the various rolling exotics.

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