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WEDNESDAY / April 9
Race 1: (3) Shakesperian Dream drops in class and comes out of what may be tougher races at Gulfstream Park. Exacta boxes 3-1, 3-4
Race 2: (6) She's Coal Fired comes from the Wesley Ward barn and also exits the Gulfstream circuit. She gets the call in a field lacking a standout. Exacta boxes 6-5, 6-4, 6-1
Race 3: (6) State Flag has run well before at Keeneland and I like the turnback in distance angle, too. Exacta boxes 6-8, 6-5, 6-2
Race 4: (8) Napa Valley drops in class for trainer Kenny McPeek, whose horses are running well in the early days of this meet. Also, I like that Julien Leparoux takes the mount. Exacta boxes 8-5, 8-2, 8-3
Race 5: (4) Brick House Road has three wins on synthetic courses and that's worth a serious look in a field without any standouts. And given the low-profile connections, you might even get a better price than the morning line. Exacta boxes 4-3, 4-2
Race 6: (8) Angry Moon posted a 75 Beyer in the turf debut and trainer Eddie Kenneally's horses are doing well from a limited sample. Exacta boxes 8-4, 8-3, 8-1
Race 7: (7) Let's Go Ben is attractive at 8-1 with Leparoux taking the mount and it's also worth noting that he owns a very impressive showing over this surface. (2) Sky Captain is a strong contender, too. Exacta box of 7-2-4-8
Race 8: (7) Closer to You goes for trainer Clement, who hits at a 21 percent clip with maidens making their second start. This one drew a horrible post for the debut, a race in which he was bet down to 5-1. Exacta boxes 7-6, 7-4, 7-1
Late Pick 4: 2/4 with 8/3/1 with 7/2/4/8 with 7/6/4