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Race 1: (10) Handshakesnkisses. Drops in class and trainer's record is good in this category. Exacta boxes: 10-11, 10-7, 10-3
Race 2: (7) Salsa's Return. Improved dramatically in the last two starts. Comes off Presque Isle races and that form has held up well. Exacta boxes: 7-4, 7-5, 7-1
Race 3: (3) No Free Ride. Another Presque Isle shipper for same trainer. This one showed a 14-point Beyer jump in the last, suggesting a horse getting into his best form. Exacta boxes: 3-1, 3-7, 3-8
Race 4: (2) Liberty Wing. Desormeaux is go-to rider for this trainer and this horse is dropping in class. Exacta boxes: 2-3, 2-4, 2-6
Race 5: (7) Ottaviano. Drops in class and trainer is good with these types of class moves. Party Starter (5) is the one to beat so I'd use both in any horizontal wagers. Exacta part-wheel 7 & 5 over 5, 7, 2, 6
Race 6: (8) Carson's Crown. His best races are on synthetic and shows a good work over this track. Exacta boxes: 8-4, 8-3, 8-1
Race 7: (6) Curmudgeon. This one is in top form and regular rider Pino ships in for this mount. Exacta boxes: 6-5, 6-3, 6-1
Race 8: (5) Dance Team. A good price play here as this one is moving down in class and offspring of Dynaformer love this turf course. Exacta boxes: 5-4, 5-2, 5-6
Race 9: (9) Golden Galaxy. This one looks like a standout. Maker excels in second-off-layoff situation and the first off a layoff was good enough to win in this spot. Look for prices underneath as the rest of the field looks evenly matched. Exacta boxes: 9-11, 9-12, 9-6
Late Pick 4: 8,4,3,1 with 6,5,3,1 with 5,4,2,6 with 9