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Sunday, April 12
Race 1: (3) One More Knight improved since going into the Sharp barn and a race similar to those last two would win this. Exacta boxes 3-4, 3-5
Race 2: (3) Nun the Less goes for a trainer (Chris Block) who excels with the sprint-to-route move and this one could improve in the second start on the turf. Exacta boxes 3-5, 3-4, 3-2
Race 3: (8) Gracey Goo drops in class and the Amoss barn wins at a 21 percent clip off this kind of layoff. Exacta boxes 8-3, 8-2
Race 4: (4) Star of Sky had trouble in both starts at Oaklawn and this one latest workout got written up by the Keeneland clockers. Exacta boxes 4-8, 4-3, 4-1
Race 5: (4) Sunset Glow gets the slight nod over Lady Eli because of her speed advantage, since both fillies are making their sophomore debuts. Exacta box 4-6
Race 6: (7) Bent On Bourbon's trainer, Eddie Kenneally, wins at a 32 percent clip with horses making their second career start and this one has a sharp local workout. Be sure to check the Keeneland clockers' "in today" report on the website for good leads like #6, Myakka Prince, in here--a longshot that bears watching. Exacta boxes 7-8, 7-2, 7-4, 7-6
Race 7: (9) Onus was bet heavily after a so-so debut race at Saratoga last summer and then had trouble in that race. The trainer, Shug McGaughey, can get them ready off a layoff. Wearwolf (7) is another one who gets written up by Keeneland clockers and this one was a 324 turf number so he may like the surface switch. Exacta boxes 9-8, 9-5, 9-3, 9-11, 9-7
Race 8: in the grade 2 Adena Springs Beaumont, (3) Sweet Success is the pick. I like the turnback from a longer, two-turn race and the previous effort at Gulfstream was strong. Exacta boxes 3-1, 3-2, 3-7
Race 9: (6) Recepta ran well at two but didn't build on that as a three-year old. Trainer Jim Toner spots his horses well so the fact that this one shows up here might indicate readiness to return to her best form. Exacta boxes 6-8, 6-9, 6-2, 6-4
Late Pick 4: 7,8,2,4 with 9,8,5,3,11 with 3 with 6,8,9,2