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    Tom Leach

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    Friday, April 21, 2017

    FRIDAY, April 21

    Race 1:  Seems a Fortune (6) has more speed than the favorite and that could give her the edge.  She also ran decently over this track.  Sugar Cube is the one to beat.  Exacta box 6-5

    Race 2:   Handy Candy (3) gets the nod because of his speed in a paceless race and the good works on this track are also a plus.  Key him in exactas with Sail Ahoy, War Daddy and Our Track.  Exacta boxes 3-6, 3-5, 3-2

    Race 3:    Shadow Rock (9) has won on this turf course and with Undrafted coming off a layoff, I'll give the edge to Shadow Rock.  Leparoux in the saddle seals the deal.  Expected  Ruler and Tell All You Know could hit the board.  Exacta boxes 9-8, 9-5, 9-2

    Race 4:   Runway Doll (4) was less than 4-1 in a grade 1 at Saratoga last summer and the sharp workout on April 9 signals this one's readiness to fire off the bench.  Unchained Melody is the one to beat.  Exacta box 4-6

    Race 5:    Straightaway May (9) has the combo of the hot Ward barn and a class drop and that's enough for me.  Stormin Maclean, Unstabled and Presidential Bird are the ones I'll use with him.  Exacta boxes 9-5, 9-2, 9-6

    Race 6:   Sentry (5) beat half the field in a good Gulfstream maiden race and the trainer hits at 24 percent with second-time starters.  Findley Isle, Super Buddy and Sakonnet are the ones I'll use with him.  Exacta boxes 5-7, 5-11, 5-1

    Race 7:   Phat Man (2) has two dirt races on his resume that would stack up well here and he shows good local works.  Coors Lute is the one to beat and I'll also use Gladtobehere and Equator.   Exacta boxes 2-4, 2-5, 2-8

    Race 8:   Recognition (3) has a good post, has run well on this course and gets Bravo in the saddle and he's done well with limited mounts here.  I'll key her with Most Beautiful, Lamontagne, Why Not Be Queen and Justa Lady.   Exacta boxes 3-2, 3-10, 3-5, 3-9

    Race 9:   in the grade 3 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes, Dear Elaine (3) has the controlling speed and that could enable her to upset the odds-on favorite here.  She's run well on this track and showed big improvement last fall in the second off a layoff, which is her angle here.  Unbridled Mo is the one to beat but Lady Fog Horn is a threat, too.  Exacta boxes 3-5, 3-2

    Race 10:   a wide open maiden affiar on the turf and I'll take a shot with first-timer Intent to Strike (8) because the trainer does well with firsters and also first-timers going long.  On John, Kitten's Solution, Major Eclipse and Refractive are the others to use in a five-horse box.  Exacta box of 8-10-11-7-1

    Pick 4 (starts in race 7):   2,4,5,8 with 3,2,10 with 3,5 with 8,10,11,7




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