Barish’s Picks for Kentucky Derby and Saratoga

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The Kentucky Derby

This day and the Breeder’s Cup have enormous pari-mutuel (not Nevada) pools. The payouts far exceed other ordinary race days. This is one of those days to take a bigger “shot.” Top choice is No. 16 Honor A.P. This horse is coming to the race in great shape for trainer John Shirreffs. He’s been on the big stage with Zenyatta and Giacamo both of whom were ridden by Mike Smith. The breeding on Honor A.P. is spectacular and the longer the race, the more he’ll like it. No. 17 Tiz the Law has earned every right to be the favorite. He faces much tougher foes from the west coast today. No. 15 NY Traffic continues to get better. If he runs the kind of sheet number posted in the Haskell, he may shock the world.

The Pick: Win/Place 16 Exacta Box 15-16-17 Trifecta Key 15,16,17 with 7, 12,13,15,16,17,18, with 7,12,13,15,16,17,18

Saratoga 

Race 10

The Prioress stakes for 3 year old fillies. With the scratch of favorite Kimari, the betting opportunities open up. Like No. 6 Hello Beautiful to run them off their feet. 

The Pick: Win/Place 6 Exacta Box 6,7,9 Trifecta Box 5,6,7,9

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