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    Mike Battaglia

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    1st Race: TAPANNA (#3) lost his best chance last out when he stumbled leaving the gate. He drops in class today and a better start could make him a winner for trainer Mike Maker with Florent Geroux picking up the mount. WAR POINT (#2) has won two of his last three and is definitely the one to beat in what looks like a two-horse race. NORTHERN EMPIRE (#6) figures best of the rest.

     

    2nd Race: SPELKER (#1) just missed in her debut and looks like another 2-year-old winner for trainer Wesley Ward this afternoon. DANGEROUS DAN (#7) is also trained by Ward. She was second in a race at Laurel and is the one to beat. MR. D'S WAY (#4) is a contender.

     

    3rd Race: DONITA'S RULER (#5) ran poorly last out but drops in against an easier field today. She has the speed to go right to the front and can lead all the way with Julien Leparoux aboard. MISS COBBLESTONE (#1) is good right now. She was claimed last out by trainer Bernie Flint and will be rallying from just off the pace. RUSTICANA (#4) posted a solid recent work and likes this track.

     

    4th Race: PRICE TOO HIGH (#4) debuts for trainer Wesley Ward off three solid works. She figures to be ready and this will be the comeback race for Joel Rosario, who has been out of action with a broken wrist since February. CAPT. GRIDER (#5) has been training very well for his first start and could be dangerous. JERSEY STREET (#7) is a contender.

     

    5th Race: STREET SMART (#5) is a 4-year-old taking on mostly younger rivals today. She has been off since September but trainer Vicky Oliver is having an excellent meet and could have this one ready with Robby Albarado up. TRUE EGYPTIAN (#6) exits a key race at Gulfstream behind Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) winner Go Maggie Go. She was bothered badly leaving the gate and is capable of a much better performance in here. FRANCESCA DI FIORI (#1) is a definite threat with Paco Lopez picking up the mount.

     

    6th Race: KITZYS ROCKET (#7) is one of the few contenders in here who have raced this year. She was last in a Grade 3 stakes race at Gulfstream but was bothered in the stretch and the winner set a course record in that one. She rates the slight edge in what looks like a well-matched race. PINE NEEDLES (#4) has been off since November but had a very good 3-year-old campaign and trainer Christophe Clement is solid with returning runners. SALAMA (#11) fits with these.

     

    7th Race: NO HIDING PLACE (#6) was fifth in an extremely tough renewal of the Commonwealth (G3) on April 9 and looks like a solid bet to win this one for trainer Wes Ward with Joel Rosario aboard. TIGER TANK (#2) stopped badly last out but has the speed to be dangerous with Corey Lanerie picking up the mount. GRANDE BASIN (#4) is good right now and will be running late.

     

    8th Race: GONE AWAY (#8) was no match for Catch a Glimpse at Gulfstream but ran well to finish third in that one. She has been training well and her best would make her a winner in a very good allowance race. SHIAWASSEE (#2) is undefeated in two career starts and will be tough with Gary Stevens aboard. VERBOUWEN (#1) was third behind the top pick at Gulfstream in December and is a definite threat. 

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