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Zipse At The Track

Play of the Day – Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness Double

The Oaks/Derby Double was not one of the tickets I could cash two weeks ago, as St. John's River came a stride too late for a huge double with Animal Kingdom to payoff. Undeterred, I'll be right back at it with the Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness Double. It does not have quite the combination possibilities as the last one, but with 14 in the Preakness, it still offers the potential of an attractive payoff.
In the Black-Eyed Susan, I like Hot Summer best. In a race devoid of much speed, I believe the improving daughter of Malibu Moon will control the race and prove very tough to catch. The consistent Wyomia was given some time after a solid Ashland, and will be my second play, while the California shipper, Love Theway Youare, looks to be getting good, and will be my long shot play. I believe the oddsmaker has the morning line wrong in here, and the actual favorite will be Royal Delta. I see her as a filly who needs her surface and will be over bet today. I will only use her as a saver play with my long shot selection in the Preakness.
That long shot is Mr. Commons, who I like quite a bit at odds of 20-1 or more. For more on Preakness thoughts click here to see yesterday's column on Zipse at the Track.

Here are my plays:
$5 Double – Hot Summer with Mr. Commons/Animal Kingdom/Dialed In/Mucho Macho Man/Dance City ($25)
$3 Double – Wyomia with Mr. Commons/Animal Kingdom/Dialed In/Mucho Macho Man/Dance City ($15)
$1 Double – Love Theway Youare with Mr. Commons/Animal Kingdom/Dialed In/Mucho Macho Man/Dance City ($5)
$5 Double – Royal Delta with Mr. Commons ($5)

Total Bet = $50 … Good Luck!


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Well, I was anyway, but now all the more!
I assume you are pulling for Mr. Commons tomorrow!
Darn work, Vinny! LOL ... I only resort to the ALL button in extreme circumstances, Mike.
Come on Brian, don't be afraid of the ALL button!
Unfortunately, that was the only bet I cashed 2 wks ago. I also would've been happy w/ St. Johns River winning. I am intrigued somewhat w/ Dance City & Sway Away in exotic plays. Still deciding on Astology. Not sure if I'll get enough time to handicap B.E.S. Work always hampers that.
Thanks, Michael ... Smith rode a lot for Assmussen this winter, so I am not surprised with his decision. I will not playing your picks, but I can't dismiss them either ... good luck!
I applaud you for taking a strong stand, Brian. I think Mike Smith being on Astrology instead of this horse is a big indicator that Astrology is live, so that's my choice, as well as Sway Away for longshots in here. Good luck!

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. 

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