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    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    1st Race: IT'S THE TRUTH (#3) drops in for a tag and stretches back out to her favorite distance. She figures to be on or near the lead throughout and looks like a winner for trainer Graham Motion with Feargal Lynch aboard. C ISLANDSURPRISE (#1) moves back to the dirt and should get a good trip from the inside post. TITANIUM (#6) has been off since July but rates a chance.

    2nd Race: LITTLE CODE (#6) was second behind Last Promise Kept, who came back to win here last week. Give her the edge in this one. AUNTIE'S THE ONE (#4) has been off since June but trainer Kenny McPeek has good numbers with returning runners and this one is training sharply for her comeback. MARLINSPIKE (#3) is a very well-bred filly in the hands of Eoin Harty. She ran well in her debut and can be expected to improve today.

    3rd Race: PETE MARWICK (#1) didn't take to the turf at Belmont but moves back to the main track this afternoon. Trainer Kenny McPeek drops him in for a tag and he appears to be in good spot to pick up the win. MEILLEUR (#2) has the speed to be on or near the lead and is the one to catch. CAUSE TO ACTION (#6) showed nothing in his debut after breaking poorly but is capable of a better performance today.

    4th Race: KABELLA (#9) was well beaten by next-out Darley Alcibiades (G1) winner Heavenly Love in her debut but she ran evenly to finish sixth and the ninth-place finisher came back to win impressively here on Sunday. Give her the edge. MISS KATIE BUG (#3) was third behind Darley Alcibiades runner-up Princess Warrior. If she takes to the turf, she will be tough to beat. SAVOUR THE MOMENT (#1) is a solid contender in a well-matched race.

    5th Race: ALL DAY TRIP (#8) drops in for a tag after setting the pace in a much tougher race last out. She cuts back to a sprint distance and gets blinkers for the first time. She looks like a winner for Rodolphe Brisset with Brian Hernandez back aboard. NO RICHIE (#1) was second behind a repeat winner at Indiana Downs and should move forward in his second career start. KITTEN'S SOLUTION (#5) also drops in class and has to be respected.

    6th Race: FIFTH TITLE (#9) had a rough trip at Kentucky Downs but still rallied to finish second. He will like today's added distance and posted a recent bullet work at Churchill. Give him the edge with Julien Leparoux back aboard for trainer Ian Wilkes. GIO'S CALLING (#10) is two for 15 but both of those wins have come on the Keeneland turf. He is definitely the one to beat. BOMBS AWAY (#5) has good speed and could go a long way if left alone on the front end.

    7th Race: OSKAR BLUES (#5) was a game maiden winner at Saratoga before a sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Hopeful. Trainer Kenny McPeek drops him back into the allowance ranks for this one and he looks best with Robby Albarado picking up the mount. QUIP (#4) was also a winner in his debut at Churchill. He has the speed to be on or near the lead and is the one to catch. TRES EQUIS (#6) was not a factor in the Iroquois (G3) but posted a recent bullet work for Mike Maker and is a solid threat.

    8th Race – Sycamore (G3): MANITOULIN (#13) has been running very well recently for trainer Jimmy Toner. He comes off a career-best performance at Belmont and he figures to be rallying from just off the pace with Florent Geroux aboard. Give him the slight edge in a well-matched renewal of the Sycamore. CANESSAR (#3) was impressive in his U.S. debut after a solid campaign in France. He will be running late and a repeat of that last performance would make him hard to beat. SOME IN TIEME (#2) has been idle since he turned in a huge performance to win the Louisville Handicap (G3). He has been training well and has to be respected.

    9th Race: MAKE IT WORK (#9) comes off a dull effort on the Belmont turf but drops a notch in class and moves back to the dirt for this one. He rates the edge in a fairly weak maiden claimer. NASTY CRITTER (#4) was claimed last out by Karl Broberg, who has good numbers with his first claims. SPINNING SERVE (#1) is a contender.




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