Timeform US SmartPlays: Sunday July 20

Timeform's US team provide you with three bets on Sunday
Timeform's US team provide you with three bets on Sunday

Timeform's US team bring you bets from three different venues on Sunday...

Saratoga might be the most anticipated meeting of the year in the States outside of the Breeders' Cup but it's not known as the graveyard of favourites for nothing and Spring To The Sky looks worth taking on in race 5 (20:10 BST). This trip is a bare minimum for her and she faces some useful opposition, not least in the shape of Strong Impact who won this equivalent race last year and comes here on the back of a similar preparation. The forecast 2.8 looks too short.  

At Presque Isle Downs Tahoe Warrior looks well overpriced at 9 in race 4 (23:40 BST). One might not expect one with such a good record on the surface - and a winner at Keeneland too - to be put in so big with several of his rivals unproven on the surface or in this grade, but his credentials can't be questioned and he won in better company here as recently as last month. 

We hit the target with a good-priced winner earlier in the week at five furlongs on turf and there looks to be another decent bet under similar conditions at Louisiana Downs in race 5 (22:41 BST) in the shape of Fast Salt. Backing maidens might seem a dangerous game at this time of year but Fast Shot has only had four races and ran very well here last time on his turf debut when just touched off (third and fourth won next time). This contest looks weaker if anything and he should be able to make all.  

Timeform US SmartPlays:
Saratoga race 5 win lay #6 SPRING TO THE SKY at 3.211/5 or shorter
Louisiana Downs race 5 win back #4 FAST SALT at 3.613/5 or longer
Presque Isle Downs race 4 (23:40 BST) win back #2 TAHOE WARRIOR at 6.05/1 or longer


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