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1st Race: LEGOMYBORREGO (#3) showed improvement in her second career start and rates the edge in this maiden claimer. GO TO WORK (#9) debuts for Chris Richard, who has solid numbers with his first-timers. SIREN'S SECRET (#7) fits in here.
2nd Race: NORUMBEGA (#6) didn't handle the mud at Parx but looked good winning his prior race. He should handle the move to the Polytrack and rates a slight edge in a well-matched race. CHALICE (#3) is a consistent performer who has been in the money in seven of nine this year. He is proven on the Polytrack and is the one to beat. ARC ABOVE (#1) ran well in his only start at Keeneland and is a solid threat.
3rd Race: I'M SO VAIN (#1A) has been off since July but is training very well for her return. She has run well over the Keeneland Polytrack in the past and runs coupled with LOVE ME GOOD (#1), who also rates a chance. TRICOLETTE (#7) was claimed last out by trainer Tom Amoss. She moves up in class but will like the added distance and is the one to beat. CHEROKEE CALLIE (#2) could add value to the gimmicks.
4th Race: ZANE (#3) ran poorly against a tougher field last out at Saratoga but drops back in for a tag today and can spring the mild upset for underrated trainer Michele Nihei. LIBERTY WING (#2) drops a notch in class and if he handle the Polytrack he will be tough. MAJESTIC BAY (#4) has been idle since a maiden win in May but has to be respected.
5th Race: PARTY STARTER (#5) showed improvement in her second career start and is bred to handle the added distance. Give her the edge with Rosie Napravnik picking up the mount for trainer Michael Matz. FLASHY BERTIE (#2) should get a good trip from the two post and is the one to beat with Shaun Bridgmohan up. DOCTOR VICKIE LYNN (#12) rates a chance despite the outside post.
6th Race: CARSON'S CROWN (#8) has run some decent races against better and drops in for a tag for the first time in his career. He appears to be in a good spot to get the win for trainer Mike Stidham and jockey Robby Albarado. SPILL (#3) comes off a game maiden win at Kentucky Downs and ran well on the Polytrack at Turfway. GALLANT PATRIOT (#1) rates a chance.
7th Race: CHAS THE MAN (#2) has won four of his last five and has shown improvement in each of those races. He looks like the controlling speed in here and is capable of the wire to wire score with Eddie Castro back aboard. DYNAMIC HOST (#3) has been idle since a dull effort at Belmont but is training well for his return and is the one to beat. HELICOPTER (#1) likes this track and distance and can't be overlooked in a wide-open race.
8th Race: TABREED (#6) comes off several solid efforts on the turf and figures to be running late in a race that should have a legitimate pace. Her best performance would make her a winner for trainer Christophe Clement with jockey James Graham picking up the mount. OCEAN BERTIE (#2) figures to be on or near the lead. He ran gamely to win last out at Churchill Downs and is the one to catch. SKYFALL (#4) fits with these.
9th Race: GOLDEN GALAXY (#9) looked sharp winning at this level at Churchill and figures to make it two in a row for trainer Mike Maker and jockey Rosie Napravnik. POINT TO THE WILD (#4) looks like the one to beat. DEVOUT DIVA (#2) is a contender.