Monday's Best Bet: Spun To Run ready to run big in Smarty Jones

September 01, 2019 09:28pm

Monday's 1tth race from Parx Racing is the Smarty Jones Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds traveling a mile and a sixteenth on the main track (Post Time 5:45 p.m. ET). 

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#3 SPUN TO RUN (5-1) was no match for Maximum Security and Mucho Gusto in the Haskell (G1), but he was best of the rest in third that day. I like his pressing speed, and both of his wins were in local route races.

#4 Gray Magician (7-2) has turned into a decent minor stakes horse for Peter Miller. Throw out his Kentucky Derby and his Jan. 31 race at Santa Anita, also in the slop, and you are left with a very consistent early pressing type. He exits a game half-length victory in the Ellis Park Derby under Monday's return rider Corey Lanerie.

#6 Grumps Lil Tots (8-1) exits a big entry level allowance route win at Saratoga, and that was clearly his best career effort. Jason Servis excels with shippers. This one will probably stalk the pace.

#5 Top Line Growth (6-1) exits a distant fourth in the West Virginia Derby (G3). He was placed first through disqualification in the Iowa Derby before that, and he aired in a restricted allowance ran at Laurel Park June 8. Either of those two numbers make him a threat.

#7 Cairo Cat (10-1) adds blinkers and has every right to move forward in his second start after a long layoff. He improved nicely in all three juvenile starts last year including a win in the Iroquois (G3). He rallied to finish a distant third behind Spinoff and Lone Sailor in his needed return at Saratoga Aug. 9. He might be able to get a piece of this.


#3 to win

Exacta 3/4-5-6

Exacta 4-5-6/3

Trifecta 3-4-5-6/3-4-5-6/7 

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)

Aug 23 - City Man/Cleon Jones Exacta ($17.10)

Aug 25 - Front Run the Fed/Bourbon War Exacta ($10.30)

Aug 26 - READY DANCER ($5.00), Exacta ($11.00)

Aug 29 - Crystalle/Sweet Melania/English Breeze Trifecta ($12.15)


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