Timeform's US team bring you three bets from tonight's racing at Aqueduct and Keeneland...
Aqueduct race 1, 18:20 BST - Manando
Manando has been installed as evens favourite for the first race at Aqueduct but considering the horse hasn't run since summer 20103 and takes an alarming drop in grade for this first run in eighteen months over a trip some way short of his best then the percentage call is top oppose him. He'd win this at his best, as he showed useful form from the front when trained by Bob Baffert in California, but he might well go off very short and 's up against several in-form rivals despite the small field who are more than capable at this level.
Aqueduct race 4, 19:53 BST - Arbitrator
There is a large field of maidens for the fourth race at Aqueduct but with Bill Mott's Tiz Afleet priced up at 5 despite nothing more than a modest second on its debut at Delta Downs there is value to be found elsewhere. Performance Bonus is second favourite but his reappearance at Gulfstream was rather underwhelming, so the suggestion is Arbitrator who is priced up at 6 despite finishing ahead of Performance Bonus on his debut. He has since finished a good second here, form that looks right up there with his debut run, and in a race where it's hard to fancy the majority he should be arguably be a point or two shorter.
Keeneland race 7, 20:40 BST - Ageless
Free As A Bird is going for his seventh win in a row on the turf at Keeneland today and given the horse has won from five furlongs to seven furlongs and has won from near the back as well from near the front his versatility has to be admired. However, this company is a slight notch up from that he has been taking on and with form-pick Ageless going in the other direction and second choice in the forecast betting too the selection picks itself. Fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint when last seen, Ageless has gone well fresh before and has the invaluable assistance of specialist track rider Julien Leparoux.
Timeform US SmartPlays:
Race 1 Aqueduct (18:20 BST) win lay #6 MANANDO at 2.2 or shorter
Race 4 Aqueduct (19:53 BST) win back #9 ARBITRATOR at 5.0 or longer
Race 7 Keeneland (20:40 BST) win back #4 AGELESS at 3.2 or longer