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United Nations Stakes Betting – Small Field On Deck For United Nations Stakes

Posted by Marco Sussman on 7/5/2012 3:04:41 PM

Sports betting players will have only seven options for the Grade-1 United Nations Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, which makes it easier to pick a winner for the three-years-old-and-up race….in theory.

Brilliant Speed has the highest rating of the horses in the field, but the four-year-old hasn’t won in six races, back at the Grade-3 Saranac in August of last year and he has finished fifth in two of his last three starts. Brilliant Speed did finish third in the prestigious Grade-1 Breeders Cup Turf, but the United Nations Stakes will be run on grass.

Air Support has been exclusively a turf horse and the four-year-old is coming off a second-place run in the Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs last month, and his last win came four races ago at the Grade-2 Virginia Derby, which was also run at Colonial Downs.

The loss came to Turbo Compressor, who is also four years old and is looking to give trainer Todd Pletcher his third win in the United Nations Stakes since winning back-to-back races with English Channel in2006 and 2007. This is only his fourth race on turf since running on dirt for his entire career, and Turbo Compressor has won two of the three, although the eighth-place finish in the Grade-1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic may be a bit worrying.

Al Khali finished sixth in the Grade-1 Manhattan Handicap and at six years old, Al Khali is still out there trying to earn for his handlers, but he hasn’t won a race since the Grade-2 Bowling Green in August 2010. He has a high rating, but it would be a huge horse betting upset if Al Khali can beat the top three horses.

Eldaafer came in second in the Grade-2 Brooklyn Handicap, and he is looking for his first win since the Grade-3 Breeders Cup Marathon in November 2010. Like Al Khali, Eldaafer is getting up there in age at seven years old, and he would need his best effort in years to come away with the victory.

Slim Shadey has actually finished second in his last three starts, all Grade 1 or 2 races, and the four-year-old could be a solid darkhorse pick with his low rating, although that doesn’t always translate to long odds when it comes to raceday.

Finally, Freud’s Honour brings up the rear in this 1 3/8 mile race, and he hasn’t won since the Choice last July, his second race on turf. He has only raced once as a four-year-old, coming in fourth in an allowance race at Monmouth.

There isn’t a lot between the top three horses and that’s where stables come into play, so due to Pletcher’s success at this event in getting horses ready, take Turbo Compressor in your online betting picks on Saturday.

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