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THURSDAY / October 9
Race 1: Bagpipes (1) drops in class and the speed to control this race. Exacta boxes: 1-3, 1-6
Race 2: Little Face (5) is the pick because of the speed to control the pace. Exacta box 5-4
Race 3: Artemusmailcarrier (1) drops out of the tough maiden special weight ranks at Saratoga into a maiden claimer, so this one should have a class edge. Exacta boxes: 1-4, 1-2, 1-5
Race 4: Fazzle Dazzle (2) goes for a trainer who wins at 18 percent with first-time starters in races at a mile or longer. The connections are local so guessing this one will be primed for its best shot. Exacta boxes: 2-8, 2-10, 2-1
Race 5: Peanutsnpopcorn (6) comes out of the same race as the favorite. They didn't finish far apart and this one offers a much better price. Exacta boxes: 6-7, 6-8, 6-9
Race 6: Mrs Asher (2) has good speed and Leparoux's mount have been well chosen thus far at the meet. Exacta boxes: 2-1, 2-4
Race 7: Coalport (7) likes the Keeneland turf and comes off a 98 Beyer last time out. Exacta boxes 7-1,7-4, 7-6
Race 8: Quiet Ruler (8) has had two strong runs off the layoff and I like the fact that Rosario keeps the mount. Exacta boxes 8-5, 8-3, 8-6
Race 9: Zip Runner (3) improved in the first start on turf and shows a sharp work in preparation for this outing. Eskenformoney (2) is the one to beat but the price figures to be short. Exacta boxes 3-2, 3-9, 3-11
Late Pick 4 (starts in race 6): ALL with 7 with 8,5,3,6 with 3,2