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Picks made today for fast track and on turf.

Race 1

5: Heart That Binds: Takes a bit of a drop back to proper level; may be pace edge.

3: Isolation: Took last in the sloppy conditions but must transfer form to fast track.

Race 2

5: Magazine Street: New to the Alexis Claire barn and any improvement gets it done.

7: Bonus Appreciation: Another new entrant to a barn; this one to Hartman shed row

Race 3

1: Lady Jeopardy: Off a bit of a layoff, but has speed and the rail and offers value.

5: Chardonnay: Solid dirt firm so you can throw out last on the plastic and fits here.

Race 4

1: Gigablast: Dirt form is solid and owns a win sprinting over this dirt course as a plus.

4: Wupkar: Looked like a winner in last until was run down and nailed at the wire.

Race 5

1: Gormleys Got Game: Just second best against second choice in last but can turn tables.

4: All West: May have gotten a good setup in last but looked extremely good winning.

Race 6

1: Slick and Fast: Should be able to negotiate the extra distance today from rail

4: I Don’t Venmo: Second start going the mile distance will help this one keep on,

Race 7

2: Touchdown Joe: Definitely a two turn horse and has two wins over this course.

8: Wicked Rose: The one to beat off last two efforts going around two turns — proven.

Race 8

7: Solidarity: Back to the turf and off a layoff for trainer having early success.

8: Mytown Myrules: Working well for months and should absolutely love the green grass,


Race 9

8: Crusader Express: Will offer value for a horse who has three wins in eight starts on this track.

11: Mr. Production: Takes a big drop here and based on last few might be too tough in here.

Around the Track

King cake season is finally here and that means horse racing season for 3-year-olds pointing to the Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks has also arrived. We will get to see who is leading the respective packs on Jan. 21 in the Road to the Derby card which will feature multiple stakes races including ones for 3-year-olds colts/geldings and for fillies. In the run-up to that card, we’ll continue to try to pick some winners. Here are the results for Chok’s Choices for the meet:

1st Choice 231-51-38-39 = 22% - Win/55% In-the-Money- .76 Return on Investment for $1

2nd Choice 224-57-46-35-= 25%- Win//62% In-the-Money: .91 Return on Investment for $1

Best Bet

Our Best Bet today will be in Race 5 — No. 1 Gormleys Got Game. I believe this one can turn the tables on rival today at a nice price.

Good luck and may they all come home safely.

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