Sunday's Best Bet: Munchkin Money can stand tall in John Hettinger

Sunday’s 9th race from Belmont Park is the $125,000 John Hettinger Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares traveling a mile and an eighth on the inner turf course (Post Time - 5:14 p.m. ET).

#6 MUNCHKIN MONEY (5-1) moved to the Christophe Clement barn and scored a big local optional claiming victory June 23. Last time at Saratoga, Belle of the Spa stole the Yaddo Stakes, and my top choice chased throughout and ended up missing by a neck. She finished second in this race last year and figures to get a jump on the late runners. 
#9 Fifty Five (6-5) loves Belmont Park and is the defending champion. She faced graded foes in her last pair and could easily be along in time for Javier Castellano and Chad Brown. 
#12 Classic Lady (12-1) has been racing in fine form since moving to the Jorge Abreu barn in March. Both of her career wins were at Belmont Park. 
#2 War Canoe (8-1) was nabbed out of her last for $40,000 by sharp first after the claim trainer Linda Rice. She finished in the trifecta in 10 of 14 local turf starts. 
#1 Kreesie (12-1) was an okay third in the Yaddo. All three of her wins were at Belmont. 

#7 Wegetsdamunnys (8-1) is also trained by Christophe Clement, and Joel Rosario strings along. She got the wrong setup in the common Yaddo.  


#6 to Win

Exacta Box 6-9

Trifecta 6-9/2-6-9-12/1-2-6-7-9-12

September 2019 Best Bet Winners

Sept 2 - SPUN TO RUN ($5.00), Exacta ($11.40)
Sept 4 - WINTER SUNSET ($8.40)
Sept 7 - Marconi/You're To Blame Exacta ($10.60)
Sept 10 - New York Groove/Bad Little Beast Exacta ($10.60), Tri ($8.20)
Sept 13 - Restless Rambler/Heartfullofstars Exacta ($6.10)
Sept 14 - STARSHIP JUBILEE ($6.40), Exacta ($17.00), Trifecta ($9.74)
Sept 15 - DECORATED INVADER ($6.80)
Sept 16 - Hotshot Anna/Talk Veuve to Me/Misericordia Trifecta ($43.65)
Sept 17 - Altar of Speed/Golden Aces/Shomethesisters Trifecta ($22.55)
Sept 19 - Grinning Tiger/Coil Me Home Exacta ($21.80)
Sept 21 - PAT ON THE BACK ($9.00), Exacta ($12.40)

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