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Big Blue Kitten looms large in U.N.

7/4/2013 1:13 PM
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Saturday's 11th race (6:00pm ET) from Monmouth Park is the Grade I United Nations Stakes for 3-year-olds and up traveling eleven furlongs on the turf course. 

#2 Big Blue Kitten (4-1) finished willingly for the place despite a lack of pace in the G2 Monmouth Stakes June 9. The Chad Brown runner has a nose for the wire and Bravo knows him now. Today's race shape should hit him between the eyes and he looms a serious stretch threat if able to navigate this marathon distance.

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#4 Teaks North (4-1) is 4-for-4 at Monmouth and captured the 2011 edition of the U.N. He is back in form this year and owns running style versatility.  

#1 Willcox inn (5-1) is usually in the hunt but typically settles for minor awards in the graded ranks. The patient type can hang with these on his best day and has the pedigree power to handle this trip. 

#7 Little Mike (2-1) is 2-for-2 here and the overachieving 6yo gelding is an obvious prominent throughout threat if he rediscovers his sharp 2012 form. The reigning BC Turf champ flopped in back-to-back starts at Meydan in March and is worth trying to topple at underlaid odds.

The Plays:

$24 to win #2

$6 Exacta Box 2-4 ($12)

$1 Trifecta 2-4/1-2-4/1-2-4 ($4)

analysis by Jarrod Horak

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Lucky to get Joe Bravo on turf. Best kept secret in racing.
Nice wins, gentlemen >> jonathanpoker, nice guess :D
Thank you....thank you....no applause...save'a fo di end!!!
Contenders: #2, 4, 7, 8. The #2 Blue Kitten looks like the horse to beat at 4/1. Bet #2 to win. Exacta: 2/ all...to try and catch a long shot second. Tri...2/ 4, 7, 8, 3/all. Good betting race...Good luck!!!
Hey, Jarrod. I'm with you about betting against Little Mike. I'm still kind of shocked how he got the 1 1/2 in the Breeder's Cup, but than again I look at pace parameters and the striking bias, and I see how. Little Mike only wins G1's with slow paces. I saw his 2012 Arlington Million in person, and he was crawling on the pace. He did have an E2 pace, but there was no quality late speed since Wilcox Inn wasn't on his game that day. Little Mike would surprise me if he kept the projected pace going 1 3/8f over the lawn. I sincerely think Wilcox Inn will appreciate this distance, as he has taken 2nd and 3rd place finishes in most of his 9f Graded stakes tries. He's not specifically one of those really late movers, he is ranked an "E/P" on BRIS, so he can get up in time. Another I like is Big Blue Kitten stretching out in distance. I do have doubts if HE can get up in time, because pace pars indicate he is by far the latest in this field. Skyring is another that is interesting, but I realized he is being made 9-2 strictly on his last performance. His last performance was very impressive in pace figures, but let's see if he can duplicate it. He's a win or not hit, IMO, so I'll include him. I actually have question on Teak North's form, unlike you, but I do understand he is a proven competitive at this distance and he is 4 for 4 at this track. I'll go Wilcox Inn; Big Blue Kitten; Teak North; Sky Ring. It would not shock me if either of these one. I'm thinking of a boxed trifecta (with those four) and a straight bet. I highly reccomend Big Sur, at 15-1, in the Salvator Mile because I have a feeling on him. Good luck with you play, Jarrod.
I'm all for disagreeing, but if not Big Blue Kitten, who?
Big Blue Kitten will not win that is because he has Joe Bravo