Saturday's Best Bet: In Manhattan, domestic spending pays off.
The Grade 1 Manhattan Stakes for four-year-olds and above runs a mile and a quarter on the inner turf course at Belmont Park on Saturday (Post Time 5:38 p.m. ET).

When he rallied to share the Turf Classic (G1) triumph with Colonel Liam on May 1, #4 DOMESTIC SPENDING (3-1) raced exceptionally well. That was his first race in almost five months, and the conditions did not favour the patient racer.

Christophe Clement's #9 Gufo (5-1) is a dependable closer. Last fall, he won the Belmont Derby (G1) at this course and distance after nearly missing in his Man O' War (G1) comeback. Late in the game, look for him beneath Joel Rosario.

Colonel Liam (5-2) followed poor fractions last time and was fortunate to share the win with Domestic Spending. This time, Todd Pletcher's adaptable colt will most likely stalk outside. He is unlikely to outperform the other top competitors and will not provide much value.

Chad Brown is intrigued with #5 Master Piece (6-1). In 2019, he won a Group 2 turf race on Chile at this distance, and in his American debut in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) last autumn, he finished an even 4th. He came back with a terrific allowance score at Keeneland on April 16 and looks like he's still in it.

Channel #7 When Cat (12-1) is able to become involved in the pace scenario, he appears to be at his best. He's back on track and should be in the lead, but he'll definitely want to cover more territory.

Tribhuvan (8-1) has won back-to-back games, including an upset victory at the Fort Marcy Invitational (G2). In his hardest career test, he'll most likely set the pace.

#1 City Man (15-1) is a New York-bred gelding who is coming off a career-best showing in the Fort Marcy (G2). He feels he can save ground by following the pace, and while the extra ground in this race won't throw him off, the harder competition may.

#2 Bye Bye Melvin (30-1) Had a nice sophomore campaign and finished fourth in the Dixie Stakes (G2). He finally lands an inner post and should have a good stalking trip, but he'll be a cut or two behind the leaders.

While following the pace and weakening in the Turf Classic, #3 Masteroffoxhounds (20-1) made no excuses (G1). He won the San Marcos (G2) at Santa Anita earlier this year over this distance, but his present form makes him difficult to back.


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