Therapist, seen here at Belmont in 2017, returns today for the Elusive Quality Stakes.
Therapist, seen here at Belmont in 2017, returns today for the Elusive Quality Stakes.|NYRA / Chelsea Durand

Thoroughbreds: RT returns for opening day Saturday at Finger Lakes, adds in a few stakes picks

Post time 1:10 pm EDT.


Finger Lakes Opening Day
Farmington, NY. 49̊
Post Time 1:10 est

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Jeopardy James Update
Friday Winner!
James had an off day – only $49,600
17 Day Total - $1,275,587.00

The record holder, Ken Narcissus Jennings evidently tired of winning and supposedly gave up. Jeopardy James won’t do that. He must be beaten fair and square. You have to think he’s of the mindset that “this beats working.”

Baltimore City Hall was raided by the feds yesterday. Interesting. The boys from the gun task control who are guests of the Federal Penal System are surely to have company.

RIP Hondo.

Race 1
$5K Claimers F&M 3YO+ going 4.5f
The Skinny:
3 – Head Shrinker
(5/2) looking to go against the entry here and landed on Head Shrinker. It’s tough to bet against a horse that is a lover of the track – 9:2-7-0. Given her propensity to jump in front, Shrinker’s last two works have been slowed down to indicate that trainer Michael Sabine wants her to have a stalking trip.
1 & 1A – Bluemoonofsaratoga & Kittlycat Heir (1/1) a pair of James Wright entries with the preference for Bluemoon. Kittycat has had a race per month this year, the only runner in this race who is not off a layoff and may pick up the slack since Bluemoon has not raced since 10/2018. Trainer Wright - 23% winners with horses on the shelf for 6+ months and Blue has had two recent bullet works.
Finger Lakes Race 1 Bets:
3 - $10/w $20/p
$5 Exacta Box 3-1
$2 Daily Double 3-1/5

Race 2
$5K Claimers 3yo+ going 4.5f
The Skinny:
5 – My Way Or Dubaiway
(7/2) trainer John Tebbutt an ace with layoff horses (38%) and is getting class relief in his first out for the year. Two workouts back, Dubai nailed a 3f work in :35.2 -not bad for an old man.
4 – Terian (3/1) another off the bench runner, trainer James Acquilano another star for layoff horses – 30%. Terian gets leading rider Jamie Rodriguez in the irons and has notched two commendable workouts of :49.4 for 4f, and :35.6 for 3f.
6 – Colorado Gunman (5/1) had a race at Aqueduct in February when the rail was golden. He did chase the leader and didn’t get to the bias that day and faded off. Jockey Worrie and trainer Engelhart make a deadly combination and this gelding gets a significant class drop and added blinkers to press the lead.
2 & 2B – Slews Love/Good Boy Lucas – both have raced this year and come in with at least one win each, thus far. This entry has a mutual trainer and a mutual owner, so look for one to press the front and force the 4-5-7 (Get Busted) to run a pace that can be unfavorable. If this happens, look for the Good Boy Lucas to attempt to get the win.
Finger Lakes Race 2 Bets
5 - $10/w $20/p
$2 Exacta Box 5-4-6
$1 Tri 5-4/5-4-2/6, 5-4/6/5-4-2, 6/5-4/5-4-2

Race 3
$5K MCL for 3yo+ going 4.5f
The Skinny:
8 - Power Hitter
(12-1) Tampa shipper and claimee from outstanding trainer Kathleen O’Connell, this gray gelding gets a cut back in distance and towers over the rest in speed figures. Power Hitter hasn’t raced in a year and the 12-1 odds make it worth the stretch.
2 – Shifty’s Causeway (2/1) will shoot out of the gate and play catch me if you can. Drops from a $12.5K claimer last out and should get a piece of the action.
3 – Chucky’s Lucky Day (6/1) Engelhart/Worrie combination again and this race potentially sets up for late kick. Look for Chucky to have that last punch and be a part of the puzzle.
Finger Lakes Race 3 Bets
8 - $10/w $20/p
$2 Exacta Box 8-2-3
Trifecta 8-2/8-2-1/3, 8-2/3/8-2-1, 3/8-2/8-2-1

Stakes Races I Like Today:

Elusive Quality Stakes – Belmont Race 9
5- Therapist
(3/1) if this stays on the turf, Therapist is 3-3 on the Belmont grass. Has been working forwardly for this spot.

William Walker Stakes – Churchill Downs Race 8
3 – Legends Of War
(6/1) European invader and multi G1 & G2 runner gets first Lasix today.

San Francisco Mile – Golden Gate Race 10
10 – River Boyne
(3/1) looks to be the best in this sphere.

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