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Sunday, April 19
Race 1: (2) Eufaula drops in a class and catches a group of either unproven rivals or untested at this level, as is the case with the likely favorite, Kitten's Journey. Exacta boxes 2-3, 2-1
Race 2: (7) Hard Grace drops in class and makes the second start for the Maker-Ramsey team and that looks like a winning combo here. Exacta boxes 7-6, 7-5
Race 3: (3) Paden tracked a very fast pace in the first off the layoff and this one can improve significantly with that start over the track. The jock is red-hot as well. Exacta boxes 3-7, 3-8, 3-4
Race 4: (10) Dark Brahms ran a race two back on February 26 that would win this so we'll excuse the most recent performance, especially given the two sharp local works. Exacta boxes 10-4, 10-8, 10-7, 10-3
Race 5: (8) Holiday Hostess had a tough trip last time and draws a top local turf rider in Lanerie. Exacta boxes 8-11, 8-3, 8-6 (If the race comes off the turf, (10) Cara Marie is the top pick)
Race 6: (9) Allidoisdreamofyou had a solid first effort, beating seven rivals that day, and improvement is expected here. Exacta boxes 9-8, 9-5, 9-1
Race 7: (4) Compass Rose won here last fall and is working well. Exacta boxes 4-2, 4-3, 4-5
Race 8: (9) Kharafa picks up Castellano in the saddle and is he runs back to those big figs of last fall, this one should be tough to beat. Exacta boxes 9-8, 9-4, 9-2. (if races comes off the turf, (7) Bourbonize bears watching at a big price)
Race 9: (9) Grand Slam Larry is the tepid choice in a wide-open race, off the big improvement last time out. Exacta boxes 9-12, 9-1, 9-5
Late Pick 4: 1,8,9 with 2,4 with 2,4,8,9 with 5,9