How to Bet the Jeff Ruby Steaks

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March 16th, 2018

A dozen sophomores will travel nine furlongs on the main oval at Turfway Park in Saturday’s $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3), a qualifier for the Kentucky Derby. I will take aim at the vertical exotics in what seems like a fine betting opportunity for a lucrative return.

A dozen sophomores will travel nine furlongs on the main oval at Turfway Park in Saturday’s $200,000 Jeff Ruby Stakes (G3). I will take aim at the vertical exotics in what seems like a fine betting opportunity for a lucrative return.

#1 SKY PROMISE recorded a fast-closing second in the John Battaglia Memorial in preparation for today’s endeavor and surely would be a contender with even slight improvement. Kenny McPeek pupil gets a fine post to save ground and make one-run in the final quarter.

#2 CASH CALL KITTEN is unbeaten from a pair of turf races in Florida leading into the Ruby, though he gets a class test for sure. Mike Maker trainee has overcome the widest post in both races to date but his BRIS Speed figures are on the low side and he will have to prove to me that he can run at this level.

#3 ARCHAGGELOS is a Canadian Grade 3 hero on an All-Weather oval for conditioner Michael Dickinson. Half-brother to Big Brown is one that I think will fire a big one off the layoff. Son of Temple City goes for a fine layoff trainer and I think it’s a huge positive that Rafael Hernandez will come along for the voyage.

#4 PONY UP is my top pick for Todd Pletcher. Son of Aikenite was no threat in the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park last time but has fine turf form, which often translates to the synthetic. Talented three-year-old just missed to Flameaway in the Kitten’s Joy two prior and looms as the main off-the-pace presence with Albin Jiminez in the silks.

#5 MAGICALMEISTER upset the Battaglia at big odds for Jimmy Chapman and has room for improvement with just a trio of lifetime tries. Bodemeister colt can’t be ignored with John McKee back in the stirrups.

#6 MUGARITZ invades from the Golden State following a solid try in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate. Jonathan Wong trainee has speed and is stakes tested on a surface that he enjoys, making the gelding an obvious factor. Son of Dialed In posted a 97 BRIS Speed number most recently and would be tough with a repeat of that figure.

#7 HAZIT defeated champion Good Magic in a Saratoga debut in the summer but is winless since. Pletcher trainee is a wildcard making a synthetic debut and I am also skeptical some as to how far that the colt wants to run. While I don’t often dismiss a Pletcher pupil in a spring prep race, I am doing so with Hazit.

#8 BLENDED CITIZEN also comes in from California and closed well to be a late third in the El Camino. Bay colt will wear blinkers today for the initial time and he has shown nice improvement since moving to the lawn and the All-Weather last time. Pilot Kyle Frey coming here to ride the contender is a plus.

#9 DREAMER’S POINT is a Triple Crown nominated sophomore who has been stuck at the first-level allowance condition to this point. Ian Wilkes charge was a sharp debut winner in September, and it’s possible that a surface change will get this once-promising youngster back in the winners’ circle. I will include Dreamer’s Point in most wagers.

#10 ZANESVILLE rolled home an emphatic allowance winner on the dirt at Delta and makes his synthetic debut today. Son of Tiznow was a maiden winner in a lone try going long so far, and colt drilled a bullet half-mile on the Turfway main surface in preparation of his stakes bow.

#11 RIDE A COMET has never been better in posting back-to-back wins for Mark Casse. Versatile and improving sort has proven capable on the lawn and dirt, so a big showing on the All-Weather wouldn’t be a surprise to me.

#12 ARAWAK was given a dreaded 12 post in a field of a dozen. Son of Uncle Mo is a winner on this oval who was third in the Battaglia, but I have to take stand against today.


I will use Pony Up as my key horse in first and second, with Archaggelos and Dreamer’s Point with him.


$1 Trifecta: 4 with 3,9 with all = $20

$1 Trifecta: 4 with all with 3,9 = $20

$1 Tri 3,9 with 4 with all = $20

10-cent Super 4 with 3,9 with 1,3,6,8,9,10,11 with all = $10.80

10-cent Super 4 with 1,3,6,8,9,10,11 with 3,9 with all = $10.80