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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Races of the Week and Ohio Stakes Selections

Last week, Out of Control finished second in the Manhattan Handicap, paying $4.20 to place and $3.40 to show. Da'Tara upset Big Brown in the Belmont Stakes. So far this year, a flat $2 win bet on my selections has yielded a net profit of $24.40 on total wagers of $76.

Today, the Daily Racing Form's races of the week are the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs and the Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park. The Form now requires registration for its race of the week content. If you want to avoid registering, you can get free past performances for the Foster from Equibase and for the Phipps from Stronach Stables.

Curlin, who makes his first start in North America this year, looks like a prohibitive favorite. I can't bet against him, but he'll probably go off at too short a price to be worth a bet. The Foster also features a pair of Ohio Derby winners: Delightful Kiss, who won last year's Derby, and 2004 Derby victor Brass Hat. The Form provides free past performances.

Frank Stronach's entry of Spring Waltz and Ginger Punch looks awfully tough in the Phipps, but I'll take a chance on Cowgirls Don't Cry, who is coming off of a win in the Shuvee Handicap and whose front-running style is well suited to Belmont Park. The Form provides free past performances.

Today's card at River Downs features two state-bred stakes races: the Magic City Classic, for Alabama-breds, and the Sydney Gendelman Memorial Handicap for Ohio-breds.

My selection in the Magic City is Seducing Mr. G, who finished second to morning-line favorite Ack Magical back in November. I think Seducing Mr. G will benefit from the inside post this time.

In the Gendelman, I'll go with Tom Archdeacon, who won an open stakes race at Arlington last year, but only if the race stays on the turf.


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