07/16/2010 3:32PM

Monmouth: First Three in the Books


Even with a late "twilight" post I'm having trouble catching up, with lots of editorial responsibilities. So far, through three races on the main track, it does seem to be playing fair.

The Pick 5, coming up in Race 6, seems very playable. The first leg, for $10,000 statebred claimers, may be the toughest leg, though You Bet Lily could be the right value play. She was behind Private Miracle in her latest but a lack of pace worked against her.

Slam the Cat is the one to beat in the 7th, while the complexion of the 8th race changed when Trans Siberian (#10) scratched in from the AE list. He's one to consider strongly. The 9th looks like Myakka City's race to lose, but the final leg could go in several different directions. E. H. Indy (#11) is a must-use, but value seekers may look to locals Dubai Echo (#2)  and TheManmythnlegend (#1), among others.