Timeform US SmartPlays: Monday June 23

Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets for Monday
Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets for Monday

Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets for Monday...

"Sparkling Jewel has been running with credit in allowance races on both turf and dirt..."

The opener at Delaware Park (18:15 BST) also produces the best bet of the day in the shape of House Money, who was an impressive winner of a similar contest last month. House Money had shown glimpses of promise when running in Florida during the winter, but was essentially a little out of her depth in stakes and allowance races. The drop into starter allowance company (non-claiming races that are primarily for claiming-class horses) seemed to do the trick as she powered home by nearly six lengths. This starter event is a tad stronger but House Money should still take all the beating.

Steel Curtain is likely to go off a warm order in race 3 at Delaware (19:09 BST), given that he's taking s fairly steep class drop from $20k claiming company to this $7.5k level. He was beaten a long way into fourth in that last race, though, and his prior form doesn't give him much, if anything, in hand of a fair few of today's rivals. He also lacks early speed, which could well compromise him in a race that looks likely to unfold at a steady tempo.

On a quiet day, it may well to pay to stick with Delaware for our final selection in race 8, a dirt claimer over an extended mile (20:57 BST). Sparkling Jewel has been running with credit in allowance races on both turf and dirt, so is versatile in terms of surface. His last two efforts - one on turf, one on dirt -  have both been solid allowance runs, without suggesting he was good enough to win at that level, and he'll be much more at home in the claiming ranks. A repeat of his last dirt effort at Pimlico would be more than good enough to take this.

Timeform US Smart Plays

Delaware race 1 (18:15 BST) win back #2 HOUSE MONEY @ 3.02/1 or longer
Delaware race 3 (19:09 BST) win lay #6 STEEL CURTAIN @ 3.211/5 or shorter
Delaware race 8 (20:57 BST) win back #4 SPARKLING JEWEL @ 3.185/40 or longer

 

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