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Wednesday, April 22
Race 1: (6) Ocean Alley shows a good race over the track and this one' s best Beyer figure came in a race at Keeneland. Exacta boxes 6-4, 6-3
Race 2: (2/2b) which Ward-trained runner goes in this spot is this pick, based on his proficiency with two-year olds. Exacta box 2-1
Race 3: (9) Nolangrant'skitten looks strong if you throw out a subpar effort last time. These connections love to win here so that precludes any concern about the drop in class. Exacta boxes 9-6, 9-5
Race 4: (1) Five One Three goes first time for trainer Tom Amoss, who hits at 27 percent with new claims and this one may be the controlling speed in this spot. Exacta boxes 1-4, 1-6, 1-8
Race 5: (7) Glasgow Gailes may improve with the ultimate equipment change (first-time gelding) and trainer Graham Motion excels with these distance types. Exacta boxes 7-1, 7-6, 7-4
Race 6: (5) Purgenality is the pick despite a lackluster win record. Why? This race seems ripe for an upset, with plenty of speed signed on at a distance where speed has not done well. The turnback from two-turn races is also a plus. Exacta boxes 5-2, 5-8, 5-6, 5-7
Race 7: (7) Sabbatical ran her best race at a longer than average distance and Castellano signs on to ride and he's been outstanding on the grass here. Exacta boxes 7-6, 7-5
Race 8: (3) Mercer Mill Mae may be the speediest one of these and early speed has dominated at six furlongs this spring. The class drop also makes this one dangerous for red-hot trainer Ward. Exacta boxes 3-10, 3-12, 3-1
Late Pick 4: 7,4,6,1 with 5,2,6,7,8 with 7,5,6 with 3