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How to bet with and against Masen in the Poker Stakes

A compact field of five people will run a mile on the Belmont grass course in Saturday’s $250,000 Poker S. (G3). The trained Chad Brown #1 Masen (6-5) has been very impressive in two starts since arriving in the United States and is shaping up to be a threatening figure in the contest. By Kingman, the four-year-old finished second during the Maker’s Mark Mile challenge (G1) on his US debut, and he returned with a dominating five-length tally in the Seek Again S. on this surface last month.

Masen showed good early footing combined with a strong late kick, and the Juddmonte also trained solid ahead of that tilt. The gelding takes on rider Flavien Prat for this race and will likely be on pace from second place on the early stages of the tilt.

#2 Sanctuary City (7-2) doesn’t win often, but James Ferraro’s ever-solid trainee has won or placed seven times on this site, and he also brings good form to the field. The five-year-old from Temple City rallied for a solid fourth place in this contest in 2021 against a deeper cast, and with anything resembling that performance, the bay will be a late danger at a fair price in the small field. Kendrick Carmouche retains the mount at the top of New York’s late breeding.

#5 Wolfie’s Dynaghost (5-1) could control the speed in the race with Luis Saez in the stirrups. Conditioned by Tom Albertrani, the colt Ghostzapper got tired in the lane when he was finally third in the Seek Again S. on a “good” surface, and he will perform better if the oval is closed on Saturday. The four-year-old bay showed his class with a second performance in the Appleton S. (G3) at Gulfstream Park two back and would be a top three with any kind of improvement this outing. The colt bred in Kentucky is worth including at a decent number.

Masen – With

  • $40 exact: 1 with 2 ($30)
  • Exact $10: 1 with 5 ($10)

Masen – Cons

  • Exact $25: 2 with 1 ($25)
  • $5 Trifecta: 2.5 with 1.2.5 with 1.2.5 ($20)