Horse racing tips: Jason Weaver’s 5 best bets Stateside on Saturday night

A Lucky 31 to get the job done from the Weaver Shark.

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Hopefully there’s some fun in the sun on Saturday with Jason’s Florida fancies.

Gulfstream 17:45 Blessed Journey @ 7/4

This is a very weak race for a maiden claimer $16,000. Blessed Journey has been running at a much higher level both on the turf and the dirt. His last three finishing quarter miles would suggest that he needs a bit of focus and he gets that tonight with the blinkers added.

He doesn’t even need to improve to win this contest and a repeat of his last three starts would be good enough.

I’m expecting more with the headgear on.

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Tampa Bay 18:00 Don’t Fight @ 11/10

Don’t Fight takes a significant drop in grade with a red-hot rider on board and is only having her second start for the new stable. She is equally effective on turf as well as dirt and can post speed figures high enough to be more than competitive in this grade.

The trainer / jockey combination of Juan Arriagada and Jesus Castanon have combined five times for two victories a second in the last two weeks.

This is a hot combo.

Gulfstream 19:45 Little Bella @ 7/4 

She may well sit towards the top of the market, but that is mainly to do with the fact that she has the inside stall position bang against the paint. Her main rival is posted in the car park in stall position nine. Little Bella has just had three races to date and as yet has not had a smooth passage yet.

Every now and again you look at a race and think the orders for the jockey have got to be take advantage of the rail. So far, she has been drawn in stalls four, five and six. We get the one hole on Saturday though.

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Tampa Bay 20:30 Hungry Kitten @ 16/5

This looks like being a complete match-up between Seranitsa and the selection with both coming off  significant la- offs and working to a similar pattern on the clock.

Both trainers are in good form and Hungry Kitten looks to be a little underestimated. The favourite has a touch more back class however and has a big ticket to improve.

Gulfstream 21:49 Cigar Box @ 12/1 

Claiming horses in the USA is slightly tougher than in the UK and Ireland. You can only put your offer in before the race is run, regardless of how the horse runs afterwards. Our rider can take off a massive 7 lb dragging Cigar Box’s weight down to 8 stone 3lb.

He has a little speed in the early stages and if he gets away on terms there is no reason that he cannot keep on freewheeling up to the line.

He looks a big price if he gets loose on the lead.


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