Timeform US SmartPlays: Thursday March 19

Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Thursday
Timeform's US team pick out the best bets on Thursday
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"Todd Pletcher is a rare raider at Penn National, but his strike-rate is very high with the few runners he sends there, and his Rock Me Again is by far the most likely winner on the card."

Penn National race 2, 22:27 GMT - Favourite Patriot

Favourite Patriot hasn't been in the best of form since switching to Penn National from Suffolk Downs, but showed signs of a revival last time, finishing fourth in a stronger contest than today's. That was just his second start since being claimed by current connections, and he could be set to get back on track here. Mine N Gems looks the chief danger, but does tend to get a fair way behind early, which could compromise his chance.

Penn National race 4, 23:22 GMT - Twill Be

Twill Be has run well when finishing second on his last two starts, both times behind decent opponents, and he faces a much easier task in this claimer. A record of one win from twenty starts doesn't inspire too much confidence, but there doesn't appear to be a lot wrong with Twill Be's attitude, and it will be disappointing if he can't improve on that record this evening. The inconsistent Opportunistically may be the one to chase him home.

Penn National race 5, 23:49 GMT - Rock Me Again

Todd Pletcher is a rare raider at Penn National, but his strike-rate is very high with the few runners he sends there, and his Rock Me Again is by far the most likely winner on the card. Second on debut in a Parx maiden back in January, Rock Me Again has been found an ideal opportunity to get off the mark in this weak maiden special weight. For those seeking a bit more value, Forever Famous could be the one to fill the exacta.

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Race 2 (22:27 GMT) back #8 FAVOURITE PATRIOT at [3.8] or longer
Race 4 (23:22 GMT) back #3 TWILL BE at [3.7] or longer
Race 5 (23:49 GMT) back #3 ROCK ME AGAIN at [2.0] or longer

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