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1st Race: FIZZANO (#5) was a game winner at this level last out and looks like a solid bet to make it two in a row for trainer Mike Maker and jockey Rosie Napravnik. YA GOTTA HAVE SOUL (#6) as run well in all four starts this year and owns a win over the Keeneland Polytrack. He is the one to beat. PERFECTLY AT HOME (#9) drops back in for a tag and is a contender.
2nd Race: OFF THE PAGE (#1A) drops back in for a tag after flashing speed against better at Saratoga. He looks like a winner in here and his entrymate SAYLER'S CREEK (#1) is also capable of a solid effort. SATURDAYATBERNIES (#5) faded a bit after pressing a fast pace last out and is a definite threat.
3rd Race: PRIMMENSITY (#3) ran evenly in her debut and finished fifth beaten less than four lengths. She figures to improve off that performance and looks best with Robby Albarado back aboard for trainer Ken McPeek. MIDNIGHT ECLIPSE (#1) exits the same race as the top pick. She was always far back in that one but showed good speed in her prior races. She could be dangerous. RENEE (#12) drops in class for her second career start and trainer Lance Stokes has done well with a limited number of starters this meet.
4th Race: OCCASIONAL VIEW (#2) exits a fifth-place finish in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3). He figures to be in good position throughout and rates the slight edge over WHATTHECATDRUGIN (#1) in a close call. The latter figures to go right to the front from the inside post and will be tough to catch. ADMIRAL PERRY (#3) prefers more distance but will be running late.
5th Race: HOKES HOPE (#10) moves up in class after a win over this track two weeks ago. He faces tougher but appears capable of the repeat score. HOMEBOYKRIS (#9) was claimed last out by Ramseys/Maker and figures to be tough to beat. TOO WILD FOR WORDS (#3) beat the top pick at Presque Isle Downs and has to be considered.
6th Race: KEEP UP (#4) ended his 5-year-old campaign last year with three impressive wins capped by a 30-1 upset in the River City (G3). He hasn't regained that form this year but recent works suggest he could be sitting on a big race. RAHYSTRADA (#6) is a 9-year-old stakes winner who is always tough to beat. AIR SUPPORT (#8) won over this turf course in April and is another solid contender.
7th Race: GREEN MASK (#11) debuts for trainer Wesley Ward off a series of solid works. He rates the edge over SPEIGHTSHILL (#10), who is also training sharply for Tom Amoss. ROBERTO GATO (#3) chased several good ones at Saratoga and is in much easier today.
8th Race: PATINKA (#3) didn't get a big number for his win in Delaware but moved forward significantly in that one. Look for continued improvement today and give him the edge with hot-riding Joe Rocco Jr. picking up the mount for trainer Graham Motion. SASSY KITTEN (#10) broke her maiden at first asking and has trained well over the Keeneland strip. She is the one to beat. HOT TEMPO (#7) is a definite contender.
9th Race: PROFESSOR MIDNIGHT (#10) drops in for a tag for trainer Rusty Arnold, who adds blinkers for the first time. His best should make him a winner at this level. VINEGAR HILL (#9) ran well in his first race back after an 11-month layoff and figures to improve. RAKETE (#12) is a solid contender in a well-matched field.