Timeform US SmartPlays: Saturday February 28

Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Saturday
Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Saturday

Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Saturday.

"Half Foxy is an appealing bet in the eighth race (23.20 GMT) at Hawthorne, a minor stakes event over six furlongs."

In the eighth race (21.48 GMT) at Aqueduct, the best option is probably a lay of the forecast favourite Classic Sense. There's little doubt he is on the upgrade, so the bet is a risky one in that regard, having won two of his four races since landing a maiden claimer at Saratoga last summer, but this competition is a couple of notches higher than anything he has encountered before and there several rivals in the field that are capable of running to a Timeform rating in the 100s. We'd be hoping for much bigger odds than the forecast 3 for Classic Sense if we were backing him, so a lay is the way to go.

Beaumont Park has won his last two races at decent odds and may well have been underestimated once again in the eighth race (22.57 GMT) at Sunland Park. The son of Your Eminence won't be inconvenienced by the slight step up in trip and had opposition of a similar calibre well behind last time after bursting clear inside the last furlong. He's a 3.6 shot by our reckoning, so the forecast 4.5 makes plenty of appeal.

Half Foxy is an appealing bet in the eighth race (23.20 GMT) at Hawthorne, a minor stakes event over six furlongs. Roger Brueggeman's charge virtually picks himself in this contest as he comes here at the top of his form, having finished first or second in each of his last four starts, and he hasn't faced company this undemanding since winning by two lengths at Arlington last August. Morning odds of 4.5 may be on the generous side.

Timeform US SmartPlays

Race 8 Aqueduct (21.48 GMT) win lay #5 CLASSIC SENSE at 3.613/5 or shorter
Race 8 Sunland Park (22.57 GMT) win back #1 BEAUMONT PARK at 3.613/5 or longer
Race 8 Hawthorne (23.20 GMT) win back #11 HALF FOXY at 4.03/1 or longer

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