Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Monday.
"The third race at Mountaineer (00:44 GMT), a one-mile maiden claimer, features a field of modest types and plenty who have had lots of opportunities, including the Morning Line favourite Potatoe Pudding..."
Slim pickings on a typically quiet Monday in the US, but there may be some value in taking on the likely favourite in race 5 at Zia Park (21:07 GMT), a maiden for two-year-olds. Perfect Style was third on her debut here last month, but she will need to improve on that to challenge the ex-Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Definitely Not, who has shown reasonable form in four starts in California. The level of competition at Zia Park should be much more to her liking, and Definitely Not looks a fair play at around 3/1.
The following race at Zia (21:35 GMT), a one-mile, $7.5k claimer, looks a good opportunity for Rising Giant to record a second career success, having been far from disgraced when fifth in a better event last time out. Prior to that, Rising Giant had recorded his best-ever Timeform form rating when finishing third in a similar race to today's, and a reproduction of that will make him tough to beat in this contest.
The third race at Mountaineer (00:44 GMT), a one-mile maiden claimer, features a field of modest types and plenty who have had lots of opportunities, including the Morning Line favourite Potatoe Pudding, who is making her fourteenth start. Her form isn't quite the best in here, and she certainly doesn't look the most resolute in a battle, so she looks a risky proposition for favourite backers. In an open event, a lay of this one looks the best way to go.
Timeform US SmartPlays
Zia Park race 5 (21:07 GMT) win back #7 DEFINITELY NOT at 4.03/1 or longer
Zia Park race 6 (21:35 GMT) win back #1 RISING GIANT at 3.412/5 or longer
Mountaineer race 3 (00:44 GMT) win lay #1 POTATOE PUDDING at 3.55/2 or shorter