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1st Race: INCLUDERE (#4) is a lightly raced 3-year-old who has shown big improvement in her last two races. She comes off of a solid maiden win here two weeks ago and can make it two in a row today. MALIBUBU (#1) comes off an even effort at Churchill and Julien Leparoux picks up the mount. EURODEVILWOMAN (#7) is a contender.
2nd Race: The two career wins for URBAN BOURBON (#4) came on the turf but he ran well to finish second over the Keeneland dirt last year. He drops in class and his best would make him a winner at this level. COPPER HILL (#5) has had a solid year, finishing in the money in nine of his 10 races. He looks like the main competition. UNCLE MUGGS (#6) rates a chance.
3rd Race: KISMET'S HEELS (#7) has been off since June but moves to the barn of trainer Mark Casse and has been training sharply for his return. He figures to get his maiden win with Julien Leparoux picking up the mount. COLLATERAL KITTEN (#9) was bumped at the start last out but closed well to finish fourth. He will be running at the end and is the one to beat. SUMMER SPICE (#4) is a contender.
4th Race: PINSON (#7) has been hooking better company and trainer Mike Maker drops him in for a tag for the first time today. He appears to be in a good spot to pick up his second career win. TIZ TOWN (#5) has done most of his racing of the grass but ran well on the Churchill dirt last year and also takes the class drop. AEGIS (#9) has been off since May but is in the capable hands of trainer Graham Motion and has to be respected.
5th Race: PERSUASION (#6) lost all chance when he was bothered leaving the gate last out. He made a nice middle move in that one and posted a solid work on Sunday. A better start makes him a winner for trainer Mike Maker and jockey Julien Leparoux. HELIODORO (#12) beat the top pick last out and looks like the one to beat again today. SCATTERED CASH (#10) drops a notch in class for trainer Steve Asmussen and is a contender.
6th Race: J BOYS ECHO (#4) broke slowly in his debut but closed well to finish second and galloped out strongly. He has worked well since that race and should like the added distance. He gets the nod with jockey Robby Albarado back aboard for trainer Dale Romans. BIG BEND (#2) ran a decent race to finish fourth in a good maiden race earlier this meet. He had a solid work on Monday and figures to get a good trip from the inside post. MOROCCO (#5) broke poorly in his debut but has been training sharply since coming to Kentucky. Mott adds blinkers and he should run much better today.
7th Race: SEA ROVER (#2) has shown improvement with every start. He came back to win after being passed in the stretch last out in a game effort and can make it two in a row today. HOT DAD (#5) was never in contention in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3), running eighth, but he did finish well and this is an easier spot. TELL THE TRUTH (#6) didn’t like the dirt at Churchill but will appreciate the move back to the grass for trainer Graham Motion.
8th Race: BIRD SONG (#1) was overmatched in the Ketel One King’s Bishop (G1) but ran evenly and finished eighth. He figures to be on or near the lead from the inside post as he tries two turns for the first time and rates a slight edge in a stakes-caliber allowance race. DAZZLING GEM (#2) won his first two races and then ran well against the likes of Gun Runner, Creator and American Freedom. He gets blinkers for his return and trainer Brad Cox figures to have him ready to run today. CLEAR THE MINE (#3) looked very sharp winning over the Keeneland surface. He faces tougher today but is a definite contender.
9th Race: BARAHONA (#8) was very impressive in his maiden win on the Churchill turf. He didn't handle the slop when the Jefferson Cup Stakes was moved to the dirt but gets back on the grass today and rates the edge with Shaun Bridgmohan back aboard for trainer Buff Bradley. IMPERIA (#10) had a rough trip in his race here earlier this meet. He will be running at the end and his best makes him dangerous. BALLAGH ROCKS (#11) is a talented runner from the barn of Bill Mott who has to be respected.