Timeform US SmartPlays: Wednesday September 24

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

Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets for Wednesday night's stateside action...

"Zindaya looks a promising animal for Christophe Clement after coming back from several months off the track to win a maiden at Saratoga in August..."

Maiden claimers aren't always the first port of call when looking for a bet but there appear to be good reasons for supporting Identity Crisis in the second race (18:21 BST) at Belmont Park. Morning Line favourite Flag On The Play hasn't raced since last December when soundly beaten on his debut at Gulfstream while the still lightly-raced Identity Crisis posted a career-best effort last time at Saratoga dropped into this grade for the first time. The form of that race run in a fast time has been boosted since by the winner First Bid going on to win a conditions race and Identity Crisis looks overpriced. 

Both Love Undercover and Clowns To The Left have a similar profile in the third race (19:11 BST) at Delaware having won maiden claimers recently, but it looks to us as if the Morning Line has got the pair the wrong way round. Love Undercover won a shocking affair two starts back and then was beaten at this level last time; Clowns To The Left finished a good second in a much better race after its win in a stronger affair than Love Undercover scored and can be forgiven his defeat on turf last time. Clowns To The Left should be clear favourite as we see it. 

Zindaya looks a promising animal for Christophe Clement after coming back from several months off the track to win a maiden at Saratoga in August, but whether she deserves to be Morning Line favourite at 3.5 in the eighth race at Saratoga (21:27 BST) is another matter. This contest is by our reckoning around 20lb tougher than her comeback effort and features some useful sorts with solid form at around this trip on the turf. We are not saying she can't win, but she has to be opposed at the prices. 

Timeform US SmartPlays

Belmont race 2 (18:21 BST) win back #2 IDENTITY CRISIS @ 4.03/1 or longer
Delaware race 3 (19:11 BST) win back #4 CLOWNS TO THE LEFT @ 3.55/2 or longer
Belmont race 8 (21:27 BST) win lay #7 ZINDAYA @ 3.412/5 or shorter

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