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Pete’s Picks: Room Service in American Oaks, Global View in Penn Mile

Posted by Pete Mitchell on 5/30/2014 11:35:22 PM

Who: Thoroughbreds – Nashoba’s Gold, Room Service, Global View, Bobby’s Kitten, Storming Inti, Divine Oath

What: Horse Racing Betting Tips – The American Oaks, The Penn Mile

Where: Santa Anita, Penn National

When: Saturday, May 31st

Sophomore turf runners are in the spotlight this Saturday as a field of eight fillies will head postward in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Santa Anita, while an equal number of colts will contest the $500,000 Penn Mile at Penn National. Let’s take a closer look at the contenders below.

#2-Nashoba’s Gold (9-5) has done little wrong in her brief career, sporting a record of three wins and a second in four starts, all on the lawn, where she’s a multiple graded stakes winner. There’s not much to separate her from #4-Diversy Harbor (4-1), whom she has defeated twice by a length and lost to once by a half-length. Throw in #4-Sweet Bliss (4-1), who nosed Diversy Harbor last out, and you’ve got a trio of West-coast runners whose Beyer Speed Figures top out at 85. And that’s the rub…it’s likely to take more than that to capture this Grade 1 affair. Enter #8-Room Service (2-1), dead-heat winner of the Grade 1 Ashland last out on Keeneland’s polytrack, and the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride two back going 1 1/8th miles on the Gulfstream Park sod. Her Beyers have improved with every start, topped by a 91 on polytrack and an 88 on the grass. Room Service is a strong finisher, so the extra furlong should suit her just fine. Note that she worked on the Santa Anita turf course after her arrival from Kentucky, so she should be familiar with her new surroundings. Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, who was aboard for the Ashland victory, retains the mount. I’ll bet on #8-Room Service to win at odds of 3-2 or better.

High-profile trainers Tom Proctor, Chad Brown and Todd Pletcher appear to be holding all the aces in The Penn Mile. Brown trains the uncoupled duo of #4-Bobby’s Kitten (8-5) and #5-Storming Inti (3-1). Bobby’s Kitten, who threw in the towel last out in The Blue Grass on polytrack, gets back to his preferred surface here, and is the likely front-runner. He’s been the chalk in all six career starts, and may go favored again in this spot. Stablemate Storming Inti has plenty of speed as well, but appears capable of settling for a stalking trip. Both runners have hit the board in every start on grass, and will be right there once again. The lightly-raced #8-Divine Oath (6-1) gave a good account of himself when finishing second in the Grade 3 Lexington, and is 2-for-2 on grass. He breaks from the outside with Chris DeCarlo aboard for the first time, and will be running late. I’ll be backing #1-Global View (5-2), winner of the Grade 2 American Turf at Churchill Downs last out. He should save ground and get an honest pace to set up his late kick. The trainer/jockey combo of Proctor/Stevens has clicked for 29% winners with an ROI of $2.34 (for each $2.00 wager). The well-bred, $500,000 yearling purchase has a grass record of 4-3-1-0, and appears to have plenty of upside. I’ll bet on #1-Global View to win at odds of 9-5 or better.

Those are my horse racing betting tips for this weekend. Best of luck and happy gambling!

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