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UPDATED PLAYS COMPLETE: ASCOT, BELMONT, CHURCHILL, GULFSTREAM, AND MONMOUTH

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, Juneteenth, 2021 —

CLOSING DAY AT ROYAL ASCOT

The day’s highlighted stakes, the Diamond Jubilee Sprint at 6 furlongs over ground that’s a cinch to be a bit boggy.

Thanks to the good folks of Sky Sports, we learned that more than an inch and half of significantly pelting wetness had doused all Friday. Indeed, it was an Ascot record rainfall.

On paper the Diamond Jubilee widely agreed to primarily be a match between 2-Dream of Dreams (5-2), coming off a winning prep for Sir Michael Stoute with Ryan Moore, re-riding and dropping nine pounds off that win over only two rivals but on sort ground.

The main competition is Starman (5-2). Drawn midfield for Charlie Hills, he gets the leading-rider services of 19-year-old Oisin Murphy, who finished first in five races Friday but was allowed to keep only four trophies ruled the stewards. (More on that Sunday).

Starman is 3-for-4 lifetime including a Group 2 in his 2021 debut on May 12. The lone career defeat came on soft ground in last year’s Gr1 Champions Sprint. Murphy rides back and drops five pounds.

Given the soft ground, prefer Dream of Dreams to win. (Late Saturday morning Starman was scratched due to the heavy ground)

BACK IN THE US, BACK IN THE US-S-A

GULFSTREAM PARK

Martha Washington Stakes Race 11

LINE VALUE: 7-Tik Tok Famous (3-1) sustains her speed to win.

EXOTICA: Exacta box 2-3-7. Tik Tok Famous with Karakatsie (5-2) and Hana Lima (9-2).

CHURCHILL DOWNS

Roxelena Stakes Race 10

LINE VALUE: 4-Bell’s the One (7-5) to win, no price restrictions

EXOTICA: Exacta Key-Box 4 // 3.5 Bell’s the One with 3-Four Graces (7-2) and 5-Sconsin (1-1) Trifecta Key first and second: 4 // 3.5 with 3.5. Also 3.5 with 4 with 3.5.

MONMOUTH PARK

Get Serious Stakes Race 9

LINE VALUE: 1-Francatelli (3-1) to win at 5-2 or greater

EXOTICA: Exacta Box 1-7, Francatelli with The Critical Way (3-2)

BELMONT PARK

New York Stallion Series 3YO Fillies TURF Race 6

LINE VALUE: 3-Shaker Shack (4-1) to win at 7-2 or greater

EXOTICA: Exacta Box 3-10 Shaker Shack with Ava’s Grace (5-2). Exacta Box: 1-3-10. Show Me the Honey (8-1), Shaker Shack, Ava’s Grace

New York Stallion Series 3YO Colts TURF Race 9

LINE VALUE: 12-It’s Gravy (12-1) to win at 8-1 or greater

EXOTICA: Exacta Box: 12-13 It’s Gravy and Step Dancer (3-1). Trifecta Box: 2-4-12-13, Dancing Buck (8-1), Ocala Dream (8-1), It’s Gravy, Step Dancer.

Suggested exotics always at minimums available, and straight win wagers should at least equal amount wagered in exotics pools

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  1. Saturday June 19, 2021

    BELMONT

    1st-If the 12 get’s in he’s the play otherwise box the 2,4,8,10

    4th- Key the 2 and 6 with the 4,8,9 underneath.

    8th- Joycee has Pizzaz (8-1) to win and box with the 2,5,10

    9th-Key the #4 Ocala Dream(8-1) and the #13 Step Dancer (3-1) with the 2,7

    Let’s go get the bad guys, Vinny O’

    1. Thanks for your efforts, Vin. I like to think you’re one of the good guys here and everyone appreciates you. To you, and all, Happy Juneteenth and Happy Father’s Day!

  2. 100 dollar late double, 9th race winner and exacta puts me up for the day. Happy ending. Talk to everyone soon. Thanks John for giving me a voice. Great people on this site.

  3. Nice recovery Vin. And a Happy Father’s Day to all connected via HRI. And a thank you to John for providing the forum.

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