Monday's Best Bet: Rate For Me can rate, finish at Turf Paradise

December 10, 2018 09:51am

Monday’s eighth race from Turf Paradise is an optional claiming event for 3-year-olds and up traveling seven and one-half furlongs on the turf course (Post Time - 6:02 p.m. ET).


#7 RATE FOR ME (4-1) showed good late energy in a show finish at a mile and an eighth against similar local turf rivals Nov. 20, and I think he will benefit from this shorter distance. He won a downhill sprint at Santa Anita June 22, and his other turf win this year was at a flat mile at Golden Gate Sept. 15.

#9 Pine Grove Way (6-1) set the pace and weakened in the common Nov. 20 event. All three of his turf wins were prominent throughout scores at this distance. 

#6 Buymeabond (5-2) and #1 Stratton (3-1) were the 1-2 finishers in the Nov. 20 race. The former is 4-for-5 at Turf Paradise, and the latter almost always finishes in the top three in local grass races. 

The Plays: 

#7 to win

Quinella 7/1-6-9

Trifecta 7-9/1-6-7-9/1-6-7-9

Recent Best Bet Winners:

Dec. 2 - Kingsport/Silent Poet Exacta ($18.10), Trifecta ($38.10)

Dec. 3 - WONDERFULLY TUNED ($8.00)

Dec. 4 - PAYNES PRAIRIE ($11.40)

Dec. 5 - SIGHTS AND SOUNDS ($11.00)

Dec. 6 - Microrithms/I Am the Danger Exacta ($14.20)

Dec. 9 - Pumpkin Rumble/Melmich Exacta ($12.60), Trifecta ($26.30)


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