The 2018 Cigar Mile, the biggest Grade 1 stakes race in the U.S. in the month of December, goes to post at 3:45 p.m. ET on Saturday at Aqueduct in New York. The $750,000 event features a field of eight, including a few familiar names. Mendelssohn, who finished fifth at last month’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, leads the current 2018 Cigar Mile odds as the 2-1 favorite. Copper Town, who rolled five weeks ago for his only race in the last year, is at 5-2, while Chad Brown-trained Patternrecognition is 7-2. All but one horse is at 15-1 odds or better, so before playing your own 2018 Cigar Mile picks, you need to see what legendary horse racing expert Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg has to say.

If you put $50 on Goldberg’s Preakness picks last year, you would have won over $11,000. You’d also be rolling in it if you followed his picks for the Arlington Million in August, as he nailed his exacta by fading the favorite to a huge payout. He also picked a 39-1 horse to show in the Secretariat Stakes, and that one paid off too. 

Goldberg was also dead-on about the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, as he nailed the top four horses in order, winning his exacta, trifecta and superfecta. He even won the Pick 4 at Monmouth that weekend. In mid-August, he confidently picked Accelerate to take the Pacific Classic. The result: the 2018 Breeders’ Cup favorite went out and won by more than 12 lengths. 

The reason Goldberg has been so successful: He goes straight to the source. Last year at the Preakness, for example, he chatted up Chad Brown, the trainer for Cloud Computing, before the race. “He was training off the charts, was Chad’s top horse all year, and had a tough trip in the Wood Memorial,” Goldberg said. “Brown skipped him for the Kentucky Derby, rested him, and trained him up for the Preakness.” 

When Goldberg learned Javier Castellano was getting off Gunnevera to ride Cloud Computing, the Hammer pounced on the 14-1 long shot to win and put him on top of his exacta, trifecta, and superfecta bets. Cloud Computing, of course, surged late and beat Classic Empire in one of the most thrilling Triple Crown races ever. Senior Investment — a 30-1 long shot on the Preakness odds board Goldberg liked nearly as much — finished third, giving the Hammer and his followers monster payouts. 

A legendary prognosticator and current CBS Sports expert, Goldberg couldn’t have been more dead-on about the 2018 Kentucky Derby. He picked Justify to win, saying he excelled in the slop. The result: Justify sloshed to victory over Good Magic in the rain and mud by two-and-a-half lengths. He also cashed the Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6 at Pimlico this year. He followed that up by pegging Justify as the horse to beat at the Belmont, and we all know what happened. 

Now that the 2018 Cigar Mile lineup is set, Goldberg is releasing his Cigar Mile 2018 picks, predictions and exotic bets over at SportsLine. 

We can tell you he’s fading the favorite, Mendelssohn, who finished third at the Travers Stakes and fifth at last month’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Aidan O’Brien-trained horse has ventured around the globe and picked up wins in locales from Dubai to Ireland, plus last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar. 

But the front-runner may not be at his best in this shorter-for-him one-mile race, and Goldberg thinks he may get pushed out by the more experienced competitors in the field. “He’s the only 3-year-old,” Goldberg told SportsLine. “The other contenders are 4 and 5.” Don’t forget that Mendelssohn also finished dead last in the Kentucky Derby. 

Instead, Goldberg is riding a surprising darkhorse to win the 2018 Cigar Mile Handicap. He’s putting this horse in his exotics, and so should you. Anyone who backs this long shot could hit it big. 

So what are Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg’s 2018 Cigar Mile picks? And which horse knocks off the favorite for a huge win? Visit SportsLine now to see Goldberg’s picks for the Cigar Mile, and find out.


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