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Picks made for fast tack and off turf

Race 1

6 – Mia Antonia – drops down here in class and may be the only one who can finish at the end

3 – Pray for Us – drops down from higher level and has the early speed to make impact

Race 2

2 – She Told You So – has won on turf and run well on dirt – needs to show some speed here

6 – Hopeitsmyluckyday – nice win two races ago – stepped up in last – finds easier here today

Race 3

1 – Lord Captain – first out for new trainer Amoss – gets the rail – can improve and win

2 – Klimtonaniac – drops down after running well at higher level – can upset this group

Race 4

6 – Reina Aces – second start going long and first start displayed some grittiness in holding lead

9 – Zipping Molly – first time starter in a weak group of horses – homebred by Goldencents

Race 5

6 – Medway Queen – should run an improved race after some minor trouble in last

2 – Why Behave – winner of last now in the Amoss barn is the clear one to beat in her

Race 6

9 – Butler Cabin – first time starter in a field that looks highly suspect for talented runners

7 – Herms Crown – ran better than looked in last two – is a price horse who has shot to upset

Race 7

1 – Soft Touch – has run once on dirt but is bred to be fine and last on synthetic was good

4 – Flatter Me Silly – the one to beat on the dirt with a couple of good races over dirt here

IF ON TURF – 5-4

Race 8

1/1A – Secret Vista/Half Again – either part of this entry are viable win candidates – both tough

3 – Cherokee Takeover – run good enough in last to win this if he can repeat that effort

Around the track

The battle for leading jockey of the meet remains extremely close between Reylu Gutierrez, James Graham and Jareth Loveberry. Going into Thursday’s card Gutieerrez had 26 wins, Graham had 25 and Loveberry has 23. In the trainer’s race, Bret Calhoun cooled down slightly and Brad Cox’s barn is starting to heat up a bit as Calhoun leads with 21 winners and Cox has registered 14 to cut the early Calhoun lead down slightly after last week’s action. Calhoun has saddled twice as many horses as Cox so far this meet with Calhoun tightening the girth of 61 compared to 31 for Cox.

Best Bet

Our Best Bet today will be in Race 4: No. 6 Reina Aces. Ran very well first out and should show some big improvement today. Good luck and may they all come home safely.

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