Saturday Racing Picks: Monmouth Park

Saturday's racing at Monmouth Park includes the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes, here's Emily Shields' picks for the day
Emily Shields
Fri, July 17, 12:31 PM EDT

The premier card at Monmouth Park takes place July 18 with six stakes races – five graded – slated to be run at the New Jersey oval. The stake action starts in Race 9 on a 14-race program with the $150,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes, and includes the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes as Race 12.

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Race 9 - $150,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (G3) - Click here to bet with TVG

Best Bet: Trainer Chad Brown starts three of the eight runners, including all three favorites. The longest price of the three of them, Tapit Today at 9-2, is unbeaten in two tries on this course, both by open lengths. She returned off an 18-month layoff to win an allowance and run third in Grade 3 company at Gulfstream Park last out. Favored Beautiful Lover was fourth in Grade 1 company at Santa Anita last out, beaten just 2 ½ lengths for the win. Nay Lady Nay at 5-2 was a Grade 2 winner at Churchill Downs in the fall, and came back May 30 to run very well in the Grade 3 Mint Julep despite finishing eighth, but she was only two lengths from winning.

Race 10 - $300,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (G3) - Click here to bet with TVG

Best Bet of the Day: Bal Harbour hasn’t run since December 7, and is now in a new barn after moving to Greg Sacco from Todd Pletcher. He has run here four times and never been worse than third, including missing by a head in this race last year.

Longshot Play: Joevia is 20-1 morning line, but is unbeaten on this track and does his best running here for trainer Greg Sacco. He was third in the Belmont Stakes last year, and improved speed figure wise in his last start.

Race 11 - $300,000 United Nations Stakes (G1)- Click here to bet with TVG

Best Bet: Standard Deviation (7-2) makes his second start after running second in a $1 million Grade 1 in Qatar. He was a winner here last year in the Jersey Derby, has won both his starts on this course, and is trained by Graham Motion. Trevor McCarthy will ride.

Race 12 - $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) - Click here to bet with TVG

Best Bet: Authentic was unbeaten in his first three starts, including the Grade 2 Sham Stakes, and has been a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby since January. He was second last out in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), but trainer Bob Baffert is seeking to win a record ninth Haskell, and this race has been won by the favorite or second choice in 8 of the last 10 years. Dr Post is the horse with a chance of defeating him; the son of Quality Road was second in the Belmont Stakes (G1) last out.

Race 13 - $75,000 Wolf Hill Stakes Click here to bet with TVG

Best Bet: Archidust has always been a strong sort, and is a two-time winner on this course. Steve Asmussen trains the son of Verrazano, who has been third in his last two starts but both were with rough trips and he nearly won the Silks Run Stakes anyway. He has won four of his last seven including a non-wagering sprint at OBS in November. He had a June 26 bullet workout at Belmont Park in preparation for this. Popular runner Shekky Shebaz was very good last year, running third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, and seeks his first win of 2020.

Race 14 - $250,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes​​​​​​​ - Click here to bet with TVG

Best Bet:

This race features dual Grade 1 winner She’s a Julie on the rail, but the play might be streaking Royal Flag at 3-1. Chad Brown trains the daughter of Candy Ride, who has won three in a row by a combined 17 ½ lengths. She is unbeaten at the distance and should sit just off the pace.

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