Saturday's Best Bet: Domestic Spending pays out in Manhattan

Saturday's 10th race from Belmont Park is the Grade 1 Manhattan Stakes for four-year-olds and up traveling a mile and a quarter on the inner turf course (Post Time 5:38 p.m. ET).

#4 DOMESTIC SPENDING (3-1) ran extremely well when he rallied to share the win with Colonel Liam in the Turf Classic (G1) May 1. That was his first start in more than five months and that race did not really set up for the patient runner.

#9 Gufo (5-1) is a very reliable closer for Christophe Clement. He just missed in his Man O’ War (G1) return, and captured the Belmont Derby (G1) at this course and distance last fall. Look for him late under Joel Rosario.

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#10 Colonel Liam (5-2) stalked slow fractions and was a bit lucky to share the victory with Domestic Spending last time. Todd Pletcher’s versatile colt will probably stalk outside this time. He is probably not any better than the other top contenders and won’t offer much value.

#5 Master Piece (6-1) is interesting for Chad Brown. He won a Group 2 turf event in Chile at this distance in 2019, and ended up an even 4th in his stateside debut in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) last fall. He returned with a nice allowance score at Keeneland April 16 and might not be out of this.

#6 Rockemperor (8-1) missed by a neck in this event last year and that has been the pattern for him since shipping to this country. He always seems to come up just short and maybe adding blinkers will help him stay focused.

#7 Channel Cat (12-1) seems to do his best work when he is able to get involved in the pace scenario. He is back on top of his game and should be forwardly placed but probably wants more ground.

#8 Tribhuvan (8-1) exits back-to-back scores including an upset front running victory in the Fort Marcy (G2). He will probably set the pace in his toughest career test.

#1 City Man (15-1) is a New York-bred gelding exiting a career best effort in a runner-up finish in the Fort Marcy (G2). He figures to save ground stalking the pace and the added ground of this race probably won’t trip him up, but the tougher competition might.

#2 Bye Bye Melvin (30-1) was a decent sophomore and exits an even 4th in the Dixie Stakes (G2). He finally lands an inner post and should sit a decent stalking trip, but he is probably a cut or two below the top contenders.

#3 Masteroffoxhounds (20-1) had no excuses while saving ground stalking the pace and fading in the Turf Classic (G1). He won the San Marcos (G2) at this distance at Santa Anita earlier this year but is tough to back in his current form.   

Wagers:

#4 to win

Exacta Box 4-9

Trifecta 4-9-10/5-6/4-5-6-9-10

Trifecta 4-9-10/4-5-6-9-10/5-6

Superfecta 4-9/4-9-10/ALL/4-5-6-9-10

Recent Best Bet Winners

May 18 - CALL FITZROY ($12.00)
May 19 - MUNCEY ($9.60)
May 22 - Going Global/Golden Exacta ($15.40)
May 23 - None Above the Law/Seattle Bold Exacta ($26.80)
May 28 - Lalic/Smiling Annie Exacta ($36.80)
June 2 - RED NOON RISING ($6.20), Trifecta ($127.20)

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