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Friday, April 3
Race 1: (1) Dickinson was put in a stakes races as a maiden so these high-profile connections have a high opinion of this colt's ability. Plus, he's bred to handle the stretchout. Exacta boxes 1-4, 1-5, 1-6
Race 2: (5) Paden ran well here last fall and two of this one's three wins have come on dirt. Exacta boxes 5-3, 5-8
Race 3: (7) White Clover drops out of a graded stake and is turning back from two turns to 7 furlongs--two very positive angles in this spot. Exacta boxes 7-1, 7-4
Race 4: (2) Prospector d'Oro showed speed in the debut and the trainer wins at a 26 percent clip with second-time starters. Exacta boxes 2-5, 2-7, 2-9
Race 5: (3) Streetheart won first-time out last fall and that usually is a sign of a talented runner. And those last two fields were tougher than the rivals here. Exacta boxes 5-2, 5-4, 5-7
Race 6: (3) Awesome Sky has been at her best since moving to the grass. Also, this one ran well here last fall and it looks like Awesome Sky was freshened for this spot. Exacta boxes 3-1, 3-5, 3-10, 3-12
Race 7: (7) Boone Station is working well and I like the fact that Joel Rosario takes the call on this ride. Exacta boxes 7-9, 7-1, 7-3
Race 8: (4) Catholic Cowboy showed big improvement last fall after getting gelded. He drops into an easier spot here and could win this at a bit of a price. Exacta boxes 4-5, 4-7, 4-2, 4-1
Race 9: in the Transylvania, (10) Luck of the Kitten gets the call on a class edge, given that performance in the Breeders Cup. I also like that Mike Smith is taking the call on this one. Exacta boxes 10-4, 10-8, 10-9
Race 10: (9) Otokogi comes off a lifetime best performance and is working well coming into this spot. 9-5, 9-6
Late Pick 4: 7,9,1 with 4,5 with 10,4,8,9 with 9,5,6