sixgradedstakes1mAmWager's resident handicapper Papo Morales hits exacta & trifecta in all the Belmont Stars & Stripes races that were previewed on Saturday's Down the Stretch radio show. Papo also provide his recommended Pick 4 and hit that, too.

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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 03:51

Papo Picks the G1 Belmont Derby

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starsstripesfestBy Papo Morales, AmWager

Race 8 Grade 1 Belmont Derby

A full field of 13 three-year-olds running for grade one honors and the winner’s share of the $1.25 million dollar purse in a firecracker of a race the Belmont Derby.

Brexit has not tempered the Euros from shipping over three horses including the morning-line favorite Long Island Sound (7-2). From the stable of trainer Aiden O’Brien, Long Island Sound makes his US debut after running third in a Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes at Ascot. That was his first race going a route distance as his three prior races were winning ones at the flat mile. By War Front, out of a Pulpit mare, I can see why O’Brien stretched him out in distance.

Friday, 01 July 2016 03:45

Papo Picks the Queen's Plate at Woodbine

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157qpBy Papo Morales, AmWest Entertainment

Race 10 Queen’s Plate Stakes 1 1/4th Miles

The highlight of Sunday’s racing takes us north to Woodbine for the 157th running of the Queen’s Plate Stakes. The race was first run in 1860 and was comprised of three one-mile heats. The inaugural winner was a horse by the name of Don Juan, who won two of the three races that day. There are no “heat” races for the modern day Queen’s Plate Stakes that it is now run at the classic distance of mile and a quarter. The pageantry and excitement remains and this rendition of the race has a contentious field of 13 three-year-olds looking to have their name engraved in history.

I can see one of four horses winning the 2016 Queen’s Plate and will include all of them in my multi-race bets. My “A”’s in the race are Ami’s Gizmo (3-1) and Shakhimat (5-1). Ami’s Gizmo has done little wrong in his career winning five of six lifetime starts. The Giant Gizmo colt is coming off a very impressive win in the Plate Trial Stakes where he stalked the early pace and then powered down the stretch to win going away. That race was at 1 1/8th miles but the added distance should not be an issue as his grandsire is Giant’s Causeway and he is out of a Victory Gallop mare. It’s worth noting that Luis Contreras chose Ami’s Gizmo over the other Carroll entry in Gamble’s Ghost.

Friday, 24 June 2016 03:42

Mo Tom wins Ohio Derby

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ohioderbyMo Tom finally had clean trip in winning the $500K Ohio Derby Stakes at JACK ThistleDown Racino.

Jockey Javier Castellano did a great job, sitting back early in ninth ofthe 10-horse field early in the 1 1/8-mile contest. He then moved Mo Tom wide and won going away by 3 lengths.

Adventist finished 2nd.

Papo Morales' pre-race analysis.

A full field of 10 three-year-olds looking for a Derby win, no not that Derby but rather the Ohio Derby with a $500k purse.

The morning-line favorite is Mo Tom (5-2) for trainer Tom Amoss. The Uncle Mo colt’s early career can be described by one phrase “troubled trips." After winning the Grade 3 LeComte in January, Mo Tom has raced three times and finished no better than third due to several less than ideal trips. When you see “checked sharply”, “checked badly”, and “steadied; fanned 7 wide” you know the horse is due some racing luck.

Sunday, 19 June 2016 03:29

Betting Line wins Pepsi North America Cup

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From Woodbine Entertainment

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18…Betting Line, driven by Dave Miller, demonstrated his off-the-pace talent by flying from fifth to first to win the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest pacing event in the world, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack, by one length in a stakes, track and Canadian record equalling score of 1:47.4.

The stakes record was originally lowered at Mohawk by Thinking Out Loud in 2012. Betting Line’s win in the 33rd edition of the Cup is also 19th time that an elimination winner has also won the final.

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