Spot plays and Pick 3 for Ellis Park, including the Maxfield Overnight and Hanshin

June 30th, 2023

Ellis Park will feature a 10-race card on Sunday with five stakes, including the Debutante S., Bashford Manor S., Anchorage Overnight S., Maxfield Overnight S., and Hanshin S. presented by JRA.

Below we offer spot plays for the final three stakes of the evening (the Anchorage, Maxfield, and Hanshin), and provide a Pick 3 ticket combining the three races.

$2 Pick 3: 6 with 1, 2, 6 with 1, 2 ($12)

Race 7: Anchorage Overnight S., one mile (turf), 4yo and up fillies and mares

#6 White Frost (8-5) was bested by a half-length at the wire in the 1 1/16-mile Mint Julep (G3) last out but may improve with the cutback in distance to a mile, from which the mare owns a 3-2-1-0 record, including a victory in the Grade 3 Sweetest Chant. The Candy Ride five-year-old was beaten a neck three back in the one-mile Honey Fox (G3) and will get some class relief here. Her career-best 97 Brisnet Speed figure, earned two back in the Jenny Wiley (G1), is the highest turf speed figure among the field, and she’s never finished worse than third in seven races on the grass. Bill Mott is a 22% winner in non-graded stakes, and former rider Junior Alvarado (20% winner paired with Mott over the last two months) will regain the mount.

We’ll single White Frost, who outfinished a number of today’s race rivals in the Mint Julep, as well as the Honey Fox.

Race 8: Maxfield Overnight S., seven furlongs, 3yos

#1 Ryvit (6-1) rides a four-win streak into the Maxfield Overnight S., most recently recording a 1 3/4-length victory in the Grade 3 Chick Lang at Pimlico on May 20. Trained by Steve Asmussen, a 29% winner this meet, the three-year-old will stretch out to seven furlongs for the first time and will get a rider switch to Cristian Torres, a 23% winner at Ellis Park and a 21% winner in sprints. We’ll back the class dropper for a win bet but spread deeper in this contentious second leg of the Pick 3.

#2 New York Thunder (9-2) is also intriguing after winning all three career starts to date on all-weather. The Nyquist colt will try seven furlongs in his first dirt start and comes off a 7 1/2-length tally in the Woodstock S. at Woodbine. Trainer Jorge Delgado is a 21% winner in non-graded stakes and a 28% winner with horses switching from AW to dirt, while hot jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. (29% winner this meet) will retain the mount.

#6 Mullikin (4-1) could be dangerous as well after he broke his maiden by 10 lengths in his third career start. Tyler Gaffalione will retain the mount on the Violence colt rather than Ryvit and is winning at a 28% clip this meet. Rodolphe Brisset is also a 15% winner with horses coming off a maiden win and a 20% winner in sprints.

Race 9: Hanshin S., one mile, 4yo and up        

#1 Zozos (9-5) returned off a two-month layoff to score a three-quarter-length win over today’s race rival Three Technique in the Knicks Go at Churchill on May 6. The Brad Cox runner will go for his third straight victory here and will keep rider Florent Geroux, a 22% winner this meet. The Munnings colt flashed a career-best 100 BRIS figure last out, the highest last race speed rating among the field, and he drew the rail post, which is winning at a 23% clip this meet.

We’ll play the 2022 Kentucky Derby starter in the final leg of our Pick 3 but also include longshot #2 Strava (10-1), who’s 2-for-3 from today’s distance, including a 6 1/2-length win over a sloppy Churchill track last November.