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    Friday, April 21, 2017

    1st Race: SUGAR CUBE (#5) has finished first or second in nine consecutive races. She looks like a solid bet to win the opener at short odds. KATE N ABS REWARD (#3) ran well in her first start back after being claimed and gets in light with apprentice Rayan Gazader aboard. SEEMS A FORTUNE (#6) fits with these.

    2nd Race: OUR TRACK (#2) won here in October and had to need his last race at Oaklawn. He has trained sharply for Phil Sims and looks best with John Velazquez aboard. SAIL AHOY (#6) comes off a good effort at Gulfstream for trainer Shug McGaughey and figures to be the one to beat. HANDY CANDY (#3) makes his third start back after a layoff and is a contender.

    3rd Race: LATENT REVENGE (#7) has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout. He could be tough to catch in a well-matched turf sprint. UNDRAFTED (#8) is a multiple graded stakes winner who makes his 7-year-old debut for trainer Wesley Ward. He has been training steadily and figures to be flying at the end. SHADOW ROCK (#9) is a contender.

    4th Race: UNCHAINED MELODY (#6) looked good winning at first asking for Brian Lynch and the third-place finisher in that one came back to win here on Sunday. Give her the slight edge with Javier Castellano back aboard. OUR MAJESTY (#5) was disqualified from a game win in a stakes race at Oaklawn last out and will be tough to beat. CHAMPAGNE PROBLEMS (#2) was overmatched in the Davona Dale (G2) but figures to be running at the end today.

    5th Race: STORMIN MACLEAN (#5) was fourth in a quick turf sprint in his debut and figures to improve off that effort. He shouldn't mind the move to the dirt and gets the nod on the class drop. HICKORY ISLAND (#6) ran well at this level at Oaklawn and looks like a solid threat. STRAIGHTAWAY MAY (#9) ran well in his only start on the dirt and is a contender.

    6th Race: SAKONNET (#1) was third behind an impressive front-running winner here on April 9. He gets a much better post today and rates the edge in a very well-matched turf race. SENTRY (#5) ran evenly in his debut at Gulfstream and can be expected to move forward off that effort. FINDLEY ISLE (#7) could be dangerous with Mike Smith picking up the mount.

    7th Race: PHAT MAN (#2) was overmatched in a couple of stakes races but ran well last out on the grass. He won't mind the move back to dirt and he can win this one with Luis Saez picking up the mount for trainer Joe Sharp. GLADTOBEHERE (#5) broke his maiden in a blanket finish here on opening day and should run well again this afternoon. COORS LUTE (#4) is a solid contender.

    8th Race: LAMONTAGNE (#10) has been off since November but is training steadily for Wesley Ward and has a solid turf record. Her best would be good enough to handle this field. MOST BEAUTIFUL (#2) comes off a dull effort but cuts back to a sprint distance and will be running at the end. MISS GOSSIP (#11) fits with these.

    9th Race: Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3): UNBRIDLED MO (#5) has won five of her seven races for trainer Todd Pletcher and looks like a solid bet to win the Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare with John Velazquez aboard. LADY FOG HORN (#2) broke poorly in her comeback race earlier this meet but ran well to finish second. She figures to be the one to beat. DEAR ELAINE (#3) needed her last race and has the speed to be dangerous.

    10th Race: ON JOHN (#10) will appreciate the move back to the turf and figures to be rallying from off what figures to be a fast pace. Give him the slight edge with Julien Leparoux picking up the mount for Mike Maker. KITTEN'S SOLUTION (#11) makes his third career start for Wesley Ward and should run well with Joel Rosario up. INTENT TO STRIKE (#8) debuts for trainer Graham Motion and has to be respected.




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