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1st Race: SHOOT THE LOOP (#3) drops in class and has been training sharply over the Keeneland Polytrack. He gets the nod in the opener. CANTINERO (#4) has only won two races but drops to the bottom and will be tough to beat. DYNAMIC ROYAL (#9) woke up last out and can't be left out of the gimmicks.
2nd Race: THAT’S A KITTEN (#7) just missed last out on the Tampa Bay Downs turf and has been training well here. He appears to be in a good spot to get is maiden score today. RISK AND RETURN (#9) drops in class for his second career start and should improve. CALL ME TROUBLE (#12) fits with these.
3rd Race: NEWFOUND ZAPPER (#12) didn’t have the best of trips last out but ran evenly against tougher company. He has to overcome the outside post today but his best makes him a winner with Sanchez picking up the mount for Wes Ward. QUIETDETERMINATION (#11) moves up in class after being claimed by Brad Cox, who is very good with his first claims. EXIT (#10) has the speed to be dangerous.
4th Race: LASER CAT (#1) is capable of running late in a race loaded with early speed. If she gets a good trip from the inside post she can win this one. JAMAICAN SMOKE (#3) is untested on grass but is the definite class and if she handles the footing she will be very tough to beat. MISSZIPPITYSLEWDA (#9) has been rained off of the turf in her last two and is a definite threat.
5th Race: CHARISMATIC PULPIT (#5) broke dead last then tired after making a solid middle move in his first race back this year at Oaklawn. He broke his maiden over the Keeneland Polytrack in October and is capable of winning this one with a similar performance. EL ZOHAN (#3) is one of two in here for trainer Mike Maker and Julien Leparoux is aboard. SIMON EYES (#4) also broke his maiden over the Keeneland Polytrack in October.
6th Race: LAWN PARTY (#14AE) was impressive drawing off to break her maiden under a hand ride by Javier Castellano. She has been training sharply at Churchill and trainer Todd Pletcher figures to have her ready to win again today. VALSEUSE (#11) ran fourth behind Central Bank Ashland (G1) dead-heat winner Room Service last out and figures to be the one to beat. PASSING PFAST (#5) is a contender.
7th Race: MY MERRY WAY (#7) was third behind eventual Golden Rod (G2) winner Vexed in her debut at Churchill. She has been training steadily for her return and trainer Graham Motion is in contention for the leading training title with just three days to go. Give her the edge in this maiden test. SEA SHADOW (#5) cuts back in distance after a decent effort last out. She will be running at the end and looks dangerous in this spot. PAGEANTRY (#10) could add value to the gimmicks.
8th Race: MERI SHIKA (#2) was unable to gain ground coming from behind an extremely slow pace last out. She did finish well in that one and she galloped out strongly. She figures to move forward and can win this one for trainer Roger Attfield and jockey Robby Albarado. PINK NIGHTIE (#9) has been running well on the Tampa Bay Downs turf and looks like the main competition. INDIAN STARLIGHT (#3) woke up last out and has won three races on the grass.