How to bet With, and Against, West Omaha in the Silverbulletday Stakes

January 18th, 2024

A talented field of eight three-year-old ladies will go postward in Saturday’s $150,000 Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds. The morning-line choice is the Brad Cox-trained #6 West Omaha (2-1), who came home a clear second in the Untapable S. on the surface last time out. 

West Omaha – With

West Omaha – Against

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By West Coast, the Gary and Mary West homebred owns a win and a pair of seconds from a trio of lifetime tries to commence her career, and she will be tough to upend on Saturday with even slight improvement off of her latest performance. The dark bay filly has good gate presence as well as a nice closing kick, and she has improved her Brisnet Speed number in every run to date, too. Luis Saez inherits the ride atop the favorite. 

I expect #5 Ma Rae’s Girl (8-1) to be forwardly placed from the start in her local debut for conditioner Doug O’Neill. The three-year-old daughter of Mendelssohn was a sprint winner at Keeneland at first asking, and following a decent stakes sprint attempt, the Kentucky bred was a measured winner of an allowance contest on the All-Weather at Turfway Park last time out. In a field lacking pace, the longshot will be well positioned at the top of the lane at a nice price beneath Reylu Gutierrez. 

Pilot Joel Rosario opts to guide recent maiden heroine #1 Perfect Shot (4-1), which is interesting at the very least. The $285,000 daughter of Gun Runner is an improving sort who exits a clear maiden victory at Churchill Downs in November and has trained forwardly in the interim. The Kentucky-bred chestnut is proven going long and will save ground throughout while in the mix from the opening bell. She is a top-three must-use. 

#8 Sistina Chapel (7-2) has won or placed in each of her handful of career runs to date and is another who could be dangerous in the latter stages of the affair. The Kenny McPeek pupil could be compromised by the expected moderate early tempo, but she is consistently good and was well clear in third in the Untapable while proving that she is classy. Corey Lanerie has the call.