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    Ellis Starr

    Ellis Starr, a.k.a. “Ubercapper,” is the National Racing Analyst for Equibase. He publishes detailed analysis and selections for Keeneland and other tracks regularly which can be found at Equibase, Keeneland Select and other web sites. Ellis writes a widely distributed “Race of the Week” article which appears on the Equibase web site as well as America’s Best Racing. Ellis can be heard on the Horse Racing Radio Network's "Weekend Stakes Preview" show every Friday from 6 to 7 pm (ET) covering major stakes races throughout North America. Ellis will be posting his analysis daily for one race taken right from his complete selection and analysis report. Additionally, you can follow Ellis’ insights on twitter @ubercapper.

    Thursday, October 29, 2015

    Race #3

    #5 Candy Gram - Fair odds 2/1
    #2 Prospero - Fair odds 2/1
    #1 Mal Guapo - Fair odds 2/1
    Exacta: Box 1,2,5 (The cost of this 3-horse exacta box is $6 at the $1 minimum level and we win if any 2 of the 3 finish 1st and 2nd in any order).
    The good news is that these three stand out against the rest. The bad news is that everyone knows it and there are only six entered, so none will be high odds.
    Candy Gram finished 2nd to Mal Guapo at this starter allowance level 25 days ago over the track when Mal Guapo controlled the pace from start to finish. Although that scenario is certainly repeatable again, there's a slight chance that Prospero will press Mal Guapo and give Candy Gram a chance to go by, particularly as jockey Lanerie rode for the first time earlier this month and is more familiar with the horse. As a 4 year old he's not fully mature and has enough room to improve to turn the tables on his foe.
    Prospero LOVES to win races, as does Mal Guapo, the two of them having combined for 10 wins this  year in 18 races. Prospero won in an "open" (not restricted) 40K claimer one before last at Saratoga, powerfully by 6 lengths with a 105 Equibase Figure and ran fast enough to earn a 108 figure in June, while Mal Guapo has earned back-to-back 108 figures in winning two in a row, the last at this level and at nearly this 1 1/4 mile distance. Neither would be any surprise if winning but it's likely Mal Guapo will be the prohibitive favorite once again so Prospero may be playable to win.
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