Jeff Siegel’s Horse Racing Picks for 12/23


Xpressbet writer Jeff Siegel offers his top plays for Friday with one at Gulfstream Park and one at Fair Grounds.

Gulfstream Park Race No. 3 (1:06 p.m. ET/10:06 a.m. PT)
#9 Mooncapture (8-1)


In a wide-open maiden juvenile state-bred sprint offering several possibilities, let’s shoot for an 8-1 gamble on this first-time starting colt from a low-profile outfit. The son of Uncaptured flashed excellent quickness (though failing to change leads) when breezing a quarter mile in a quick 21 2/5 seconds at the April OBS sale before bringing $60,000 through the ring. His recent work tab is solid, steady and strong, and should have him fit and ready for a major effort first crack out of the box. With a good break from the gate, the Ramon Minguel-trained Florida-bred could outrun expectations at a nice price.

Fair Grounds Race No. 6 (5:45 p.m. ET/2:45 p.m. PT)
#4 Roxy’s Ball (9-2)

Smoked a furlong in 9 4/5 seconds at the OBS Spring sale – the fastest clocking for the distance at the venue – and eight months later finally surfaces in the entries in this competitive maiden special weight sprint for fillies. The $650,000 daughter of the prolific first-crop sire Bolt d’Oro shows a couple of fast gate local workouts to have her cranked and ready, so we’re expecting a big effort from this Keith Desormeaux-trained juvenile. She is listed at 9-2 on the morning line and is worth a play at or near that price in the Win pool and in the various rolling exotics.

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