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Race Date: 
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Handicapper's Name: 
Tom Leach

SUNDAY, April 9

Race 1:  Five Star Factor (4) posted an 80 Beyer on February 12 and a race like that would be very salty in this spot.  Key him in exactas with Shoot for the Moon and Swimsuit Issue.  Exacta boxes 4-3, 4-2

Race 2:  Our Girl Abby is the pick to try and beat the duo from Wesley Ward.  This one draws Jose Ortiz in the saddle and this owner/trainer combo hit with a two-year old last spring.  Exacta boxes 6-10, 6-11

Race 3:   Dear Elaine (3) has three career wins and two of them have come on this track.  Her speed could also control this race.  Key her in exactas with Lavender Chrissie and Romantic Vision.  Exacta boxes 3-6, 3-2

Race 4:  Im the Captain Now (2) was much improved in his three-year debut and the horse that beat him came back to run well in the Transylvania here on Friday.  There's no standout in here, though, so the play is a five-horse exacta box and hope to catch some prices, using Yosidea, County Court, Big Bad Zin and Any Questions.  Exacta box of 2-4-6-5-11

Race 5:   Harlan's Howling (5) has won two in a row for a trainer who can keep them hot for more than a race or two.  Ortiz signing on to ride is a big plus, too.  Key this one with War Eagle's Return and Newfond Gold.  Exacta boxes 5-2, 5-7

Race 6:  Swift One (9) takes a class plunge for a trainer who points his stable for this meet each spring, Wesley Ward, and he had two wins on the opening day card.  I'll key him in exactas with Noshackleshere, Forty Acres, Hurricane Force, Key to the Bank and Heliodoro.  Exacta boxes 9-3, 9-4, 9-7, 9-11, 9-15

Race 7:  Divisidero (6) gets some class relief in this spot and coming off a bullet work, I'm betting trainer Buff Bradley has this one cranked up for a big effort.  Key that one with a trio of Gulfstream shippers--Projected, Fire Away and Flatline.  Exacta boxes 6-2, 6-1, 6-8

Race 8:  in the grade 3 Adena Springs Beaumont, Sweet Loretta (3) gets the nod for trainer Todd Pletcher.  I like that Castellano is back to ride and I think her best is a little better than Dancing Rags.  Undefeated Sine Wave is worth a look, too and I'll add My Miss Chiff in my pick 4--in case she's as good as those last two against lesser suggest she could be.  Exacta boxes 3-5, 3-6

Race 9:   Morocco (3) ran second to Dover Cliffs last time and that one came back with an impressive victory last weekend.  The 15-point Beyer jump also suggests a horse that is in top form.  Brooklyn Bobby, Hour City, Ticker Tape Parade and Mascarpone are others to use.  The latter is a Gulfstream shipper that figures to get overlooked in the betting.  Exacta boxes 3-2, 3-1, 3-5, 3-12

 Pick 4 (starts in race 6):  9,3,4,7,11,15 with 6 with 3,5,6,2 with 3,2,1



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