Pegasus World Cup Day RECAP & Cashes – Super Screener
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Pegasus World Cup Day RECAP & Cashes

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First, the Smarty Jones at Oaklawn on Friday…

The Super Screener was very bullish on the Top Value play Gold Street. He had been sprinting for the first 6 starts of his career, but since he was laying out 90+ BRIS Pace/Speed rating figures throughout his last several starts, it made sense that Asmussen would stretch him out here to try the route distance. It paid off handsomely, helped by the sealed muddy surface and the slow pace he carved out controlling the race from start to finish. Here’s what the Super Screener had to say about this 10-1 shot before the race:

Asmussen’s 3rd entrant that deserves a long look at odds of 8-1 or higher is #6 Gold Street. This colt has been cleaning up sprinting and really crushed progressively better fields in his last two starts. That was his 4th move forward without a break so only a slight advancement in his form cycle is expected here especially considering this is his first try at a two-turn route. It makes sense that they would now give this colt a shot at routing since in that last sprint race he laid out those ideal 92+ BRIS Pace/Speed Rating figures throughout which is a key signal for success when going from a sprint to a route race. Sharp, long, recent work out is another plus. Is definitely the fooler here while offering value.

Three Technique proved that his earlier success was no fluke and ran on well to complete the Exacta. The other two Asmussen horses, Shoplifted and Silver Prospector, completed the Trifecta and Superfecta, respectively. 

With the Super Screener Top Value play, Gold Street, scoring the victory, that triggered a payout on our suggested wagers of $760.

Pegasus World Cup UNDERCARD ACTION

Fred W. Hooper (G3)

Chalk up another win for a Super Screener Top Value play as Phat Man sat off the predicted hot and pressured pace and then motored home on the glib GP surface for an impressive draw- away win at odds of nearly 7-1. 

#5 Phat Man offers considerable value considering he is in top form right now just coming off a lifetime top earned on the GP surface going longer and is highly benefiting from the swift and pressured pace set up. Makes his 2nd start off the layoff and if he pairs that last out top, that puts him squarely in the mix at a great price. Irad Ortiz Jr. sticks and works leading up to this have been brilliant indicating he is holding his good form. Top value play in the race.

Give a ton of extra credit to Todd Pletcher-trained Zenden as he dueled through those hot fractions but stayed on well to complete the Exacta. The other Super Screener “A” horse, Rare Form, completed the Trifecta at surprisingly good odds of 10-1.

Inside Information (G2)

As the Super Screener correctly projected, the pace collapsed in this race and the top 5 finishers were all closers. Our top three ranked horses all appeared in the Superfecta. Pink Sands came from last and then just inhaled this field in the stretch drawing away by 3 lengths.  The Super Screener suggested Trifecta ticket cashed for $213.

W.L. McKnight (G3)

This was the Super Screener highlight of the day with our Top Long Shot pick, Spooky Channel getting up just in time over the Super Screener Top Win pick, Cross Border.  He sat mid-pack and laid out energy evenly while in striking distance with a ¼ mile to go and just kept coming on fulfilling what the Super Screener had indicated…he was sitting on a new lifetime top.

One horse that will get mistakenly ignored is #11 Spooky Channel and he is a Super Screener Top Long Shot pick. He ran 8th all around the GP turf course last out sitting a few lengths off that slow pace. Every horse sprinted those last two furlongs and he kept up with them all holding his position. He needed that race after the 5-month layoff. Prior to that he was in over his head losing to Bandu in the G3 Arlington Handicap. Gets this distance and will improve in a big way 2nd off the layoff with more pace to close into. Very viable long shot that must be included in your wagers.

Cross Border proved best of the Maker trio as the Super Screener anticipated. In the end, that combo resulted in a big score on one of the suggested $.50 Trifecta wagers which paid over $900.

Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1)

We got Zulu Alpha and Without Parole wrong.  Zulu Alpha proved best despite running back to the shorter distance. He was our top ranked “C” horse, and given how Arklow, Sadler’s Joy and Zulu Alpha are all rated close to one another, I shouldn’t have been so overly precise in an attempt to keep ticket costs down.

We were right about Magic Wand and another 2nd place finish. Same with Instilled Regard, our Top Value pick who we ranked 3rd and that is where he finished at solid odds of 10-1. Even Sacred Life, the Top Long Shot pick, obliged and completed the Superfecta. Very frustrating in that we should have caught this one.

Pegasus World Cup (G1)

Well, when your two “A” horses, Tax and Higher Power finish last and 2nd to last, it is going to be tough to cash any tickets… Clearly these horses aren’t as bad as they finished, but they both looked terrible running out of gas before they even hit the stretch. What a shame, as our Top Long Shot pick, War Story, got the job done by going from last to 3rd place in a flash at great odds of 15-1. 

The Kentucky Derby trail heats back up again next Saturday with the Withers being run at Aqueduct and the always important Robert B. Lewis going at Santa Anita.  In addition, Gulfstream park will host the, always important, Holy Bull Stakes. Both GP and SA will be featuring some deep and competitive undercard stakes fields as well.  Don’t miss any of the great pre-Super Bowl action!

Until this coming weekend, Go Fast and Win!
Mike

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