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SUNDAY / October 19
Race 1: Twitterverse (6) takes a drop in class for solid connections and should be hard to beat. Exacta boxes 6-3, 6-4
Race 2: Gumdrop (3) shows rising speed figures and the trainer is good at the turf-to-dirt switch. Exacta boxes 3-6, 3-5
Race 3: Lonelily (3) comes off her best race after losing to a pair of stakes winners in her two races in Chicago. The class drop may pay dividends here. Exacta boxes 3-8, 3-11, 3-10
Race 4: Wagson (6) was claimed off an improved performance and trainer Amoss wins at a 35 percent clip off the claim. Exacta boxes 6-5, 6-4, 6-3
Race 5: Let's Go Ben (6) ran two improved races at Saratoga off a layoff and may find this spot softer than those races in NY. Exacta boxes 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
Race 6: Engaginglee (9) should improve in the second start off a layoff and Romans taps his go-to jockey for this mount. Exacta boxes 9-11, 9-6, 9-1
Race 7: Bitters 'n Bourbon (2) has a race over the track and should improve off that, plus he had a troubled trip in the first attempt. Exacta boxes 2-6, 2-5, 2-3
Race 8: in the Rood & Riddle Dowager, there is certainly no standout so don't take a short price. I like Cat's Claw, who is 2-for-2 at 12 furlongs and she had a bad trip in that last race at Kentucky Downs. IO Ireland is a dangerous price play here as well. Exacta boxes 2-10, 2-12, 2-14, 2-13
Race 9: Shopaholic (2) was well-bet in the debut and then got off to a bad start, so improvement is quite possible today. Exacta boxes 2-4, 2-3, 2-7
Late Pick 4 (starts in race 6): 9,11,6 with 2,5,6 with 2,12,14,10 with 2,3,7