3 keys for the DerbyWars $10,000 Blue Grass day game

3 keys for the DerbyWars $10,000 Blue Grass day game
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$10,000 will be up for grabs in the Blue Grass Stakes Day Game at DerbyWars.com on Saturday. This contest is limited to the first 50 players to post the $230 entry fee.

This game consists of 13 races on Saturday beginning at 3:50 pm ET -- races 6 to 10 at Belmont Park, races 7 to 9 at Woodbine, and races 6 to 10 at Keeneland. From the Kentucky track, there are four graded stakes races – race 6, the Shakertown (G2); race 7, the Ashland (G1); race 8, the Jenny Wiley (G1); and race 9, the Blue Grass (G2).

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Experienced contest players know that you can’t win a contest like this by playing favorites. You need to look for horses with odds greater than 4-1. Scoring is based on the official track payouts for win, place, and show.

Here are a few horses with generous morning line odds to consider using as you try and win one of the four big cash prices.

Keeneland, race 6 – There is a full field of 14 expected for the Shakertown which is a 5 ½ furlong turf sprint. The favorite is shipping in from California to run at Keeneland for the first time and, thus, may be vulvnerable. Texas Wedge is listed at 6-1 on the morning line for trainer Peter Miller who is adept with turf sprinters. Last seen, Texas Wedge had the lead in the stretch in the Jaipur (G1) at Belmont Park but made his move a bit early and got caught by two talented runners.

Keeneland, race 8 – The Jenny Wiley will have a heavy favorite in Rushing Fall. She is a likely winner for Chad Brown, but Secret Message is a longshot at 15-1 morning line even though she won the Mint Julep (G3) at Churchill Downs in her 2020 debut for Graham Motion. The Motion barn has been very hot recently and she will be running late. Even if she can’t beat the favorite, a second at long odds will yield good place and show payouts.

Belmont Park, race 9 – The finale at Belmont is a first-level allowance race for New York-breds to be run at seven-furlongs on the grass. Big Wonder was second last time out in a starter allowance against opening company and took a lot of late money. Now, he switches back to state-bred competition with speed figures in his last two starts that top this field and sits with morning line odds of 6-1.

Meet Matt Shifman

Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently serves as Assistant Editor. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs, Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing.

Since 2012, Matt has been a voter in the NTRA weekly polls for the Top Thoroughbred and Top Three-Year-Old.

Recently, Matt helped launch Derby Day Racing, a new 2-year-old racing partnership, that just purchased a promising Lookin At Lucky filly named Sooner Schooner.

You may also know Matt by his Twitter, Facebook, and HRN screen nameAndyScoggin.

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