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SUNDAY / October 12
Race 1: Good Catholic Girl (3) may have caught a softer field than she's been hooking, especially the race two back at Saratoga, and that class relief could equal victory. Exacta boxes: 3-7, 3-8, 3-2
Race 2: Electric Temptress (3) makes her second start off a layoff and drops in class. Exacta boxes 3-6, 3-7, 3-1
Race 3: Gettem Up Girl (9) is well drawn outside the speed in this race and she's having the best year of her career. Baby Fresh (3) is one to watch, too, as she's likely to be an overlay on the board with a little-known jockey aboard. Exacta box of 9-3-4-7
Race 4: Red Miracle (3) is the potential controlling speed in here, while making the third start off a layoff. Leparoux takes the cal and that seals it for me at 10-1 on the ML. Exacta boxes: 3-7, 3-8, 3-4
Race 5: Bingo Kitten (3) exits tougher races and is in good form and gets the call here but keep an eye on Empire Knight (11). Trainer Rusty Arnold also points for this meet and that last race looks like an ideal prep for this spot. Exacta box of 3-11-9-1
Race 6: Hottap (6) and Old Mountain Lane (2) is a tossup so I'll go with the former because the price is likely to be a little higher. Exacta part-wheel 6,2 with 6,2,3
Race 7: Mio d'Oro (12) is well drawn to track the speed in here. Also, after a breakout win in June, this one encountered a troubled trip and then a failed turf experiment so the price may not reflect the true win chances. Exacta boxes 12-4, 12-8, 12-1
Race 8: Emotional Kitten (1) and Awesome Flower (1A) present a potent combo. Emotional Kitten has the class edge on this field but either could win. Exacta boxes 1-4, 1-5, 1-6
Race 9: Handsome Dennis (1) makes the second start off the claim for Maker, who does well with the turf-to-dirt angle. Exacta boxes 1-4, 1-7, 1-10
Late Pick 4 (starts in race 6): 6,2 with 12,4,8,1 with 1,4,5,6,7,8,9 with 1