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FRIDAY, October 28
Race 1: (2) Bottle Walk makes second start off the layoff and that's a 23 percent angle for this trainer. Leparoux in the saddle adds to the appeal. Exacta boxes 2-1, 2-4, 2-3
Race 2: (5) Hebronville won here last fall impressively and that's always a plus and in the second start off the layoff, you can expect this one to improve. Exacta boxes 5-4, 5-1
Race 3: (9) Hugh B had a good race over this track and followed it up with a good work. And (12) Oh So Regal gets Bravo to ride for trainer Kellyn Gorder and he has a decent record with first-timers. Play those two on top in exactas. Exacta part-wheel 9,12 with 9,12,10,7,6
Race 4: (4) Cha Cha Magic had a horrible post in his first race here and the trainer has a good record with horses making the second start off the layoff. Getting Albarado to ride helps the case, too. Exacta boxes 9-8, 9-4, 9-13, 9-2
Race 5: (3) Casket Model is a 10-time winner and is in good form. The fact that he has run well here in the past seals the deal. Exacta boxes 3-1, 3-8, 3-12
Race 6: (11) Perfect Wife can win first time for McPeek in a race in which those who have started have not done anything that special. Adding lasix for the debut is a good angle for McPeek,too. Exacta boxes 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
Race 7: (4) Shupanga and (5) Burley Blaise are both viable contenders for the Wilkes barn so play both on top at good prices. Key them on top in exactas. Exacta part-wheel 4,5 with 4,5, 11,7,8
Race 8: (5) Motivational shows a steady pattern of local works for a trainer who has a solid record off this type of layoff. Exacta boxes 5-8, 5-1, 5-6
Race 9: (3) Julerette ran well here in a key race in the spring and this one is working well for this start. Exacta boxes 3-6, 3-1, 3-8, 3-2
Race 10: (4) Bodes Well had trouble in the debut but finished up well. This one is bred to love going longer on the turf. Exacta boxes 4-11, 4-10, 4-1
Late Pick 4 (starts in race 7): 5,4,11,7,8 with 5,8,1 with 3,6,1 with 4,11