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    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    Race 1

    Eternal Force (2) and Dry Martini (8) come out of the same good maiden race so the class drop should move both of them up.  I think one of those two wins this and I think you'll get a better price on the 8-horse.  Put them both in an exacta box with Elkhorn Poet.   Exacta box 2-8-6

    Race 2

    Absolute Love (7) makes her second start around two turns, after a good runnerup effort over this racetrack and that makes her the one to beat.  Key her in exactas with Queenardini and Eskimo Kisses.  Exacta boxes 7-6, 7-5

    Race 3

    Big Red Screen (1) should show good speed from the rail on the stretchout to seven furlongs and the Vance/Leparoux combo can be potent.  Key her in exactas with Jammin Gemi, Rose to Glory and Fiery Diamond.  Exacta boxes 1-2, 1-5, 1-8

    Race 4

    Aktabantay (4) is in peak form with four wins this year and he's worked well locally.  I think he'll sit off the pace and run them down late.  The two Ward trainees--General Macarthur and Chiltern Street--plus Vici are the main contenders.  Play a four-horse exacta box of 4-7-8-1

    Race 5

    The Pick 4 starts here and I think the McPeek-trained entry looks tough in this high-priced maiden claimer.  McPeek does well with horses stretching out in distance.  Key the entry with Cango, Blue Mesa, B Dubya and Handsome Harve in exactas.  Exacta boxes 1-7, 1-5, 1-2, 1-8

    Race 6

    Attribute (1) caught a good field in that last race and the previous effort was stellar.  In the third start off the layoff and four works since that last race, he may be ready for a peak effort.  Key this one in exactas with Donwell, Speedmeister and Eight Town.  Exacta boxes 1-6, 1-7, 1-4

    Race 7

    Taking a shot with Gunny Roo (3).  He beat a promising runner in the debut and he's worked well coming into this spot.  There's no standout here so taking a price makes sense.  Bantu gets Leparoux and that merits respect.  Include Arawak, Stolen Pistol and SKy Promise in a five-horse exacta box.  3-6-1-5-10

    Race 8

    Fulllback Eye (9) is a price play that might pull off the upset.  ZIto's runners often improve in their second time over the track here and this is the second start off a layoff.  Use this one in an exacta box with Arch Madness, Encrypt, Russell Cave and Missle Bomb.  Exacta box 9-10-7-4-6

    Late Pick 4 (starts in race 5):  1,7,5,2,8 with 1 with 3,1,6,5,10 with 9,10,7,4,6

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