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1st Race: SHE'SABREES (#4) has been running well on the synthetic at Presque Isle Downs but appears to be a better horse on the dirt. She gets in light with apprentice E. Gallardo named to ride and rates a slight edge over Chella in a close call. CHELLA (#3) is riding a six-race win streak. She will be very tough to beat but has to spot the top pick nine pounds. RULELIKECLEOPATRA (#5) fits with these and has to be respected.
2nd Race: RARE MEDAL (#6) should get a good trip from the outside post and looks best in a fairly weak claiming race. MYSTRA (#3) figures to be the main competition. LADY GAMELTON (#1) posted a good recent work and is a contender.
3rd Race: GENERAL IKE (#1) has been idle since February but is training sharply for Larry Jones, who is very good with returning runners. He should be in good position breaking from the rail and looks best despite the layoff. CERRO (#3) is a solid runner who has the speed to go right to the lead. He will be tough to catch in this one. ETON BLUE (#5) owns a win over this track and drops back in for a tag.
4th Race: SEA OF ERIN (#9) made up some ground in his debut at Churchill and Eddie Kenneally is better with his second-time runners. He gets the slight edge with Corey Lanerie picking up the mount. GAULTIER (#11) flashed speed in his only start at Kentucky Downs before fading late. Look for a better performance today. RANSACK (#6) debuts for trainer Todd Pletcher off a series of solid works on the Saratoga turf.
5th Race: MISS REDITORE (#12) easily defeated a small field of bottom claimers at Churchill and appears to be in a good spot to make it two in a row. HAVE FAITH SISTER (#2) has been in the money in all 6 of her races this year for trainer George Leonard and can't be left out of the gimmicks today. SUGAR CUBE (#7) drops back to the bottom and fits with these.
6th Race: SILVERTOWN (#3) raced against much better at Saratoga including Champagne (G1) winner Greenpointcrusader. He appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden win for trainer Eddie Kenneally and jockey Corey Lanerie this afternoon. TIZ A CURVE (#7) didn't show much in his debut for trainer Ian Wilkes, who rarely wins with first-timers. He has posted three solid works since that start and can be expected to run much better in here. RANGER MAXX (#4) beat Tiz a Curve last out and can also move forward.
7th Race: WINTERS GIFT (#6) came back to the races after a 14-month layoff and won impressively for trainer Wesley Ward. He won on the front end in that one and figures to be on or near the lead again today. Look for him to make it two in a row today at decent odds. MISSION DRIVEN (#6) is very good right now he will be running late and will be tough to beat as the favorite. MISTER MAESTRO (#2) moves up in class after back-to-back wins.
8th Race: HAZARDS OF LOVE (#5) is an 8-year-old veteran with 24 career wins. He has been in the money in 17 of his last 18 races and looks like a winner in this tough allowance race. EAGLE (#6) had a useful prep going six furlongs at Churchill and figures to move forward for this one. ZAMBIAN DREAM (#8) has never raced on dirt but if he like the footing he is a solid threat.
9th Race: QUEEN OF SCAT (#4) took a while to get her maiden score but followed that with two solid efforts against better Trainer Dale Romans figures to have her ready to win today. QUEENIES SONG (#6) is winless this year but has two good races over the Keeneland lawn and figures to be the one to beat. NANCY RIDE (#7) is a contender.