Races of the Week and Ohio Stakes Selections
Last week, I neglected to make any selections. Mauralakana won the Sheepshead Bay Handicap. Looky Yonder won the Vagrancy Stakes. Two weeks ago, Big Brown won the Preakness Stakes. Stay Close finished second in the Dixie Stakes, paying $6.00 to place and $4.60 to show. So far this year, a flat $2 win bet on my selections has yielded a net profit of $26.60 on total wagers of $68.
Today, the Daily Racing Form's races of the week are the Ohio Derby at Thistledown and the Nassau Stakes at Woodbine.
Smooth Air looks like a deserving favorite in the Ohio Derby. We got quite a bit of rain overnight here in Cleveland, and Smooth Air is undefeated on off tracks. He has tactical speed, and the inside post should help him. In Smooth Air's only start at a mile and an eighth, he finished only 5 lengths behind Big Brown. The Form provides free past performances.
I'll bet Nottawasaga in the Nassau. Nottawasaga makes her second start of the year today. She appears to like the distance and the surface, and Eric Coatrieux's horses run well on the turf. The Form provides free past performances.
In the Green Carpet Stakes today at River Downs, I'll bet O'Riain, who has two stakes wins around two turns. He's never raced on the turf, but I wouldn't be surprised if this race is moved to the main track, as spring turf races at River Downs often are. Brisnet.com provides free past performances.