Last week, Criminologist won the Cardinal Handicap, paying $5.00 to win, $3.00 to place, and $2.40 to show. Awfully Smart finished fifth in the Stuyvestant Handicap.
Today, the Daily Racing Form's races of the week are the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct and the DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park. Equibase's race of the week is the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Midnight Lute, coming off an impressive win in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, looks like the class of the field in the Cigar, but he'll go off at a very short price, and he's never been a mile before. Daaher has won two in a row, including the Grade 2 Jerome Handicap. I'll box a Midnight Lute-Daaher exacta. The Form provides free past performances.
In the DeFrancis, I'll go with Talent Search, who is 5 for 10 at 6 furlongs, and is coming off of a third place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. The Form provides free past performances.
I'll bet the front-running Wicked Style in the Kentucky Jockey Club. Wicked Style was undefeated going into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, in which he ran badly. Equibase provides free past performances.