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1st Race: SUCCESFUL BROTHERS (#9) has finished second in four of his eight races. He comes off a solid performance on the Gulfstream turf and handled the Turfway Polytrack in his debut. Give him the edge in the opener. LINCOLN LAW (#3) drops in for a tag for the first time and looks dangerous at this level. NORTHEAST BOUND (#2) is a contender.
2nd Race: L. A. FREEWAY (#4) lost all chance when he dwelt in his debut and had some trouble at the start last out when finishing third. He moves up in class after being claimed and rates a slight edge over Perdido Brew in a close call. PERDIDO BREW (#3) has been off since a dull effort in December but a repeat of his prior start will make him hard to beat. COOL ATTITUDE (#6) rates a chance.
3rd Race: SLICK PARDONED ME (#2) was claimed by trainer Tim Glyshaw in November and scored a game win in his second race back after a layoff. He has a solid record on the Polytrack and is capable of the repeat win today. GALLANT EAGLE (#5) had an excellent 2013 campaign and has been training well for his return. Anything close to his best makes him the one to beat. NEVER ON TIME (#1) can't be overlooked.
4th Race: FRAZIER’S PEGASUS (#10) was a beaten favorite in a race over this track on April 6. Trainer Ken McPeek drops her in class today and she appears to be in a good spot to get the win. HOLIDAY DRAMA (#6) drops in for a tag for the first time and figures to be the main competition. LEMON AND HONEY (#5) ran well here in October.
5th Race: CUMMINGS ROAD (#6) ran well on the Gulfstream turf and has a solid record on the synthetics. He posted a near-bullet work at Churchill on April 7 and rates the edge in a tough allowance test. GRAND ARCH (#2) is a graded stakes-placed runner who has never been worse than third in 11 career starts. He prefers the turf but has trained well over the Keeneland Polytrack and will be tough to beat despite the layoff. VALENTINO BEAUTY (#8) is also a contender.
6th Race: NOBLE BIRD (#10) faces maidens today after hooking Bobby's Kitten in his debut at Tampa Bay Downs. He posted a bullet work here on Friday and trainer Mark Casse should have him ready to go with Stewart Elliott aboard. SHARP STICK (#7) broke poorly in his debut but and ran fifth in a blanket finish at Gulfstream. He will move forward off that effort and will be tough to beat. SPORTSCASTER (#5) has trained sharply since his last race and is a threat.
7th Race: KALAMOS (#7) is a consistent Juddmonte runner from the barn of trainer Bill Mott. He hooked some tough competition in Florida and appears to be in a good spot to get the win with Jose Lezcano back aboard. VILLANDRY (#6) has been off since December and hasn't won a race almost a year and a half but his best performance makes him very dangerous in here. OL ARMY (#3) is training well and has the speed to be a contender.
8th Race: VIOLA (#6) ran a decent race in her only try on the Keeneland Polytrack in October. He moves back to the Polytrack after a couple of dirt races at Tampa Bay Downs and can win this one with her best performance. FULL OF INTENT (#9) takes the class drop and has to be considered. STORMY VOYAGE (#1) is riding a three-race win streak and has a chance.