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1st Race: SUNNY SKIES (#8) is a daughter of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom who debuts for trainer Kenny McPeek. She posted a bullet work last week and gets the nod in the opener. LOLLINGSTONE (#6) is one of two in here for trainer John Hancock, who has already won three 2-year-old races this meet. GENUWINE (#2) ran well in her debut and is a contender.
2nd Race: HUNTER O'RILEY (#1) exits a couple of solid efforts against much better and looks like a good bet to win this one at short odds. WAYWARD KITTEN (#7) has been a consistent runner on the turf for trainer Wesley Ward and his best makes him dangerous. GREY WIZARD (#3) makes his third start back after a long layoff and looks like a contender.
3rd Race:VANILLA SCORE (#2) drops back in for a tag and ran well over this track in October. She should get a good trip from the inside post and can win with her best effort. YOOOU DEN (#1A) and GINGERMORE (#1) for a tough entry for owner Maggie Moss and trainer Chris Richard. Both are capable of running well. RITZY LASS (#4) is a solid threat.
4th Race: LA MANTA GRIS (#2) ran well in all three of her races last year for trainer Rusty Arnold. She has been off since November but is training well and gets the nod with newly elected Racing Hall of Famer Javier Castellano picking up the mount. EGG ROLL (#10) was third in her debut at Gulfstream and should move forward off that effort. She figures to be tough to beat for trainer Bill Mott and jockey Jose Lezcano. INDIGIRKA (#6) rates a chance. ASSERTIVE (#16) would be the top pick if this race comes off the turf.
5th Race:ORBOLUTION (#9) debuts for Todd Pletcher off a series of solid works at Palm Beach Downs in Florida. She figures to be ready and gets the nod with John Velazquez up. CJS SUSIE BYU (#6) is another one with a long series of works for trainer John Hancock. She had a good gate work here last week and looks dangerous. NOOTKA SOUND (#7) is a Wesley Ward runner who has to be respected.
6th Race: SIXTY FIVE (#7) has shown big improvement since moving to the turf and comes off a solid runner-up effort last out. Trainer Brad Cox figures to have him ready and he rates the edge in a well-matched field. MANITOULIN (#2) has been off since November but ran well over this track last year and is the one to beat. MUHAAWER (#3) broke his maiden here in 2015 and woke up last out for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who has had an excellent meet winning with six of his 12 starters.
7th Race:HOLLYWOOD TALENT (#3) has been running well on the Turfway Polytrack but is also capable of handling the dirt. He figures to get a good trip right behind what figures to be a contested pace and rates the edge with Albin Jimenez back aboard for trainer Brian Michael. RHYTHM PARK (#6) has won seven of his last eight races, including one over the Keeneland surface in October. He will be tough to beat. MAHHATTAN MISCHIEF (#7) is also good right now and has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout.
8th Race:MUTAZEN (#1) has run well in all three of his U.S. starts for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. He moves back to the turf and has the tactical speed to be in contention throughout. He looks best in here with Jose Lezcano back aboard. NESSY (#5) has been in the money in seven of his nine turf races for trainer Ian Wilkes and comes off a game third-place finish at Gulfstream. He will be tough to beat. SOUTHERN WILD (#3) is a contender with Javier Castellano picking up the mount.
9th Race: WISSAM (#8) drops in class after an even effort here on opening day. He figures to move forward off that one and looks best for trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez. LUTHER D (#3) ran well to finish third over this track and is the one to beat with Joel Rosario picking up the mount for trainer Nick Zito. HEARTFIX (#6) comes off a couple of runner-up efforts at Fair Grounds and is a contender.