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Racing expert Sweet Lou Monaco's picks the Kingarvie Stakes at Woodbine

After a couple of days off to recharge after the long Thanksgiving weekend and the first snow fall of the year here on the East Coast, we head up North to Woodbine for the $100,000 Kingarvie Stakes for 2-year-old state-breds over 1 1/16 miles.

The field of 8 will go to gate for race 6 of the 8-race night card with an approximate post time of 9:14 p.m. ET.

#4, Dotted Line, Justin Stein, 1-1

It’s tough to pick against Dotted Line and I’m not going to try here. He has won two straight, including his last at 50-1 by a neck as he squeezed through on the rail and won gamely over runner-up Artie’s Princess  in the $100,000 Frost King Stakes here on Nov. 9. This will be Justin Stein’s second straight start in the saddle for trainer Sid Attard. Stein also chose to ride Dotted Line over The Reign Man, who is my second choice. The pick.

#3, The Reign Man, David Moran, 3-1

The Reign Man won his debut in a maiden optional claiming race by 1 ¼ lengths over Google It here on Nov. 10 with Justin Stein aboard. Stein opted for the money-line favorite in Dotted Line, so David Moran takes over the reins for trainer Michael De Paulo. Will he have another good performance or will he bounce a bit? We shall see. Runner-up.

#7, Artiesattheparty, Rafael Hernandez, 12-1

In his debut, he finished runner-up to Speedy Bolt (ironically ridden by Justin Stein) by four lengths in a maiden optional claiming race here on Nov. 10. Rafael Hernandez takes the mount for trainer Ricky Griffith and hopes to make it another party for his connections. At double-digit, morning-line odds, worth a shot at a price to improve off his last. Contender.

#1, Lakeside Park, Patrick Husbands, 6-1

This will be Lakeside Park’s fifth career start (1-0-1) and is looking for his first win since a neck triumph in a maiden optional claiming race on Aug. 11. In his last, he finished third in an optional claiming race here on Nov. 11. Patrick Husbands takes the mount for the fourth straight time for trainer Michael Mattine, which is a positive. In the mix.

PICKS: 4-3-7-1

By Lou Monaco


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