Bricks and Mortar can add to his case to be the 2019 Horse of the Year on Saturday when he enters the starting gate for the 2019 Arlington Million at Arlington Park in suburban Chicago. The Chad Brown trainee has been installed as the 8-5 favorite. Post time for the race is 7:12 p.m. ET.
With such an accomplished field set to enter the starting gate, you'll want to hear what SportsLine writer Gene Menez has to say before making any 2019 Arlington Million picks of your own.
A former reporter and editor at Sports Illustrated for almost 14 years, Menez covered an array of sports, including horse racing, for the magazine and its website, SI.com. Between 2010 and 2012, he served as SI's handicapper for the Triple Crown races and correctly predicted Super Saver to win the Kentucky Derby in 2010. Four years ago, while writing for Sports on Earth, Menez accurately gave out the superfecta (American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund and Frosted), which paid $1,268.20 for $2. Then in 2017, he tweeted out his Kentucky Derby picks, including Always Dreaming to win, and hit the Pick 4, which paid almost $6,900 for $1.
Now Menez has handicapped the 2019 Arlington Million field, made his picks and formulated his bets.
We can tell you that he is fading Magic Wand, the third choice on the morning line, at 5-1. The Aidan O'Brien trainee hasn't won in 11 starts.
Instead, Menez has locked in on two other horses and playing them in an exacta. If you hammer this exacta hard, you could be looking at a healthy return. You should see his analysis before making any picks of your own.
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