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Wednesday / October 8
Race 1: End of the Search (5) goes for a trainer who wins at a 31 percent clip with first-out maiden claimers. Exacta boxes: 5-4, 5-1
Race 2: Partyinslowmotion (6) is training well and the trainer has a 23% percent strike rate when dropping his horses from maiden special to maiden claiming. Exacta boxes: 6-4-, 6-3
Race 3: Gallery (2) showed big improvement in the first start on turf, plus you have the combo of speed and the inside draw. Exacta boxes: 2-6, 2-7, 2-10
Race 4: My Boy Chisum (3) appears to be the lone speed and may prove tough to run down. Exacta boxes: 3-4, 3-6, 3-5
Race 5: Bisque (9) offers great value in a race lacking a standout and this one goes for strong connections, too. Exacta boxes: 9-3, 9-7, 9-8
Race 6: Courtier (2) had tons of trouble in the lone turf start and the 8-1 morning line is attractive. Exacta boxes: 2-6, 2-1, 2-8
Race 7: Joy Boy just ran a 102 Beyer and anything close to that would be hard to beat here, plus he's got speed from an inside draw--a potent combo. Also, I think the 3-year olds in here might be overvalued in this spot. Catholic Cowboy is a viable option but the post is not as good. Exacta boxes 1-4, 1-9
Race 8: the grade 3 Jessamine offers a ticket to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Turf race and my pick is Rainha Da Bateria. She got a bad trip last time and she should be at her best around two turns, so I expect a move forward from her first two efforts. Exacta boxes 9-8, 9-6, 9-3
Race 9: Enchanting Lisa (5) gets a drop in class from the company she's been keeping and I like the turn back from longer races. Also, trainer Charlie Lopresti said on Steve Byk's "At the Races" show Monday that this one has been training lights out on the dirt. Exacta boxes 5-1, 5-3
Late Pick 4 (starts in race 6): 2,6,1,8 with 1 with 9,8,6,3 with 5,1