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Saturday, April 18
Race 1: (6) Samantha Nicole goes second-off-the-layoff for a hot barn. Exacta boxes 6-4, 6-5
Race 2: (7) Combatlaan makes the second start for a new trainer and could move forward, plus this one drops in class. Exacta boxes 7-6, 7-3, 7-9
Race 3: (3) Earlybirdspecial is work well, comes from a hot sire and goes for a good first-out trainer. Exacta boxes 3-4, 3-5, 3-7
Race 4: (1/1A) Asia or Hootenanny gets the call in this spot, as trainer Ward says only one is likely to run. Exacta boxes 1-6, 1-2
Race 5: (7) Divine Reason showed improvement in the second start and should enjoy the added distance in this race. Exacta boxes 7-10, 7-6, 7-12
Race 6: (4) Rockfall makes the second start off a layoff and as a four-year old, should have more upside to tap into than some of his rivals. As an eight-year old, Delauney might be vulnerable to the younger horse. Exacta boxes 4-5, 4-6
Race 7: (2) Lookaroundcorners goes for a trainer (Chad Brown) with excellent numbers with this type of horse and situation. Czar (12) is a strong contender but has a bad post. Exacta boxes 2-5, 2-10, 2-12, 2-6
Race 8: (2) Mayla was well-bet in his debut and may improve with a better pace scenario in this spot. Spinning Wheel (7) bears watching off his trainig. Exacta boxes 2-9, 2-7, 2-3
Race 9: in the grade 2 Dixiana Elkhorn, (10) Dynamic Sky gets the call on a class drop from the groups he's been facing out west, plus the addition of a top local turf jock in Leparoux. Exacta boxes 10-4, 10-6, 10-9
Race 10: (6) Silver Morgan drops in class for connections that love to win here. Exacta boxes 6-4, 6-5
Late Pick 4: 2,5,6,10,12 with 2,7,9 with 4,6,10 with 6