Friday's Best Bet: Cleon Jones can strike at a price in Funny Cide

August 22, 2019 07:31pm

Friday’s eighth race from Saratoga Race Course is the 200,000 Funny Cide Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds dashing six and one-half furlongs on the main track (Post Time 5:06 p.m. ET).  


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#7 CLEON JONES (8-1) was the beaten favorite in his Belmont debut, and he came right back with a strong local maiden win from off the pace at six panels July 28. The $325,000 purchase should like today's added distance and might be able to score again at Saratoga for the productive Vargas Jr./Englehart team.


#3 City Man (3-1) rallied wide from an outer post in a good looking local maiden win as the favorite at five and one-half furlongs July 18 (originally scheduled for turf). The $185,000 son of Mucho Macho Man could easily be this good for the productive Rosario/Clement team. 



#1 Bull of Bayern (12-1) easily went all the way from the inside post vs. three opponents in his Belmont maiden win June 26 (blinkers on). The $250,000 son of Bayern figures to roll to the front again, and he might get brave if able to shake loose early.


#5 Opportunist (10-1) is a $400,000 second timer for Mark Casse. He rallied from far back to share the win at Gulfstream Park July 20.   


Wagers:


#7 to win


Exacta Box 3-7


Exacta 3-7/1-5


Trifecta 3-7/ALL/1-5


August 2019 Best Bet Winners

Aug 7 - Mr. Buff/Dynamax Prime Exacta ($8.30)

Aug 14 - EQUAL MEASURE ($9.40)

Aug 16 - SIBERIAN IRIS ($16.20)

Aug 17 - Dunbar Road/Point of Honor Exacta ($7.90)

Aug 18 - PRINCE EARL ($21.60), Trifecta ($272.10)

Aug 19 - Hotshot Anna/Spring in the Wind Exacta ($12.40)

 

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