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Late Pick 4 is especially challenging today--good luck trying to narrow it down to one or two in any of those races. The Pletcher-trained two-year old in the 2nd might give you a possible "single" in the early Pick 4.
Raphael (1) should show some speed off those recent efforts and any improvement in the third start off the layoff could make that one tough to beat. Examiner (4), Laser Loop (5) and Wild About Candy (2) are ones to use with the top pick. Exacta boxes 1-4, 1-5, 1-2
Rag Tag (4) is the first two-year old to run at the meet from the Pletcher barn and being owned by Calumet Farm, this one surely figures to be well-meant here. Snake River Red (5) and Joker on Jack (6) from the Ward barn must be considered and Two Dot (1) ran okay behind a really good one on opening weekend. Exacta boxes 4-5, 4-6, 4-1
Nantucket Red (3) had a wide trip last time and the previous race was a good-looking performance. Leparoux staying with this mount makes me lean this way, because he really rides this turf course well. Finess Bere (4) is the one to beat and Twin Channel (2) is next on my list. Exacta boxes 3-4, 3-2
Noble Companion (4) goes from turf to the dirt track and trainer Baker does well on the move. This one has been consistent and that gives him the edge for me in this spot. View Magic (1) was claimed by a trainer who does well with new acquistions. Sarcillo (9) has been close to the top pick in two races at the Fairgrounds. Hey Prez (8) has a shot, too. Exacta boxes 4-1, 4-9, 4-8
Gamblin Train (4) finished just behind Fortunate Girl last time and the latter looked really good in winning here last week. The big Beyer figure jump last time is noteworthy, too. Ebullient (2) is the only horse in here coming off the Gulfstream circuit and horses making that move in these types of races often do well at this meet. Be Nimble (6) , Moravia (5) and Gallovie (7) are others to consider. Exacta boxes 4-2, 4-6, 4-5, 4-7
Urban Insight (5) ran well off a layoff last fall. She shows a good local work and Rosario taking this mount combines to make this one a solid contender in this spot. Paper Clip (6) and Brittas Boy (3) are both worthy of consideration, too. Both come from the Ward stable and that's enough to suggest they are worth a long look. Holdonaminit (1) and Bourbon Girl (4) could be in the mix, too. Exacta boxes 5-6, 5-3, 5-1, 5-4 + Pick 4: 5,3,6 with 7,5,1 with 4,3,5 with 8,1,3,5
So Aristocratic (7) has some speed in a race that lacks that commodity. I'm willing to forgive the two starts at Oaklawn given the bad post in one of them and the "off" track in the other. British Invader (5) was claimed last out by the Amoss barn and his numbers with new acquisitions is impressive. Fun Paddy (1) comes off a solid effort and a similar run would give her a shot in this spot. Valkyrie (4) is the other one on my list. Exacta box 7-5-1-4
Fooch (4) shows three good, five-furlong works and that should have him fit for this race. Ward does well off the layoff and excels in turf sprints here. Master Guns (3) ran well in a turf sprint here last fall. Get Western (5) also shows some decent form here and the Lopresti-Leparoux combo can be potent. Iona Mobe (2) comes off a nice win and has a pedigree to handle turf. I'll also throw in Geyyourmindright off the Geroux angle, given that he's picking his spots well this spring. Exacta boxes 4-3, 4-5, 4-2, 4-8.
Joker D Lish (8) drops out of straight maiden races and that's always a noteworthy switch. I'll forgive the turf experiment last time and the speed this one showed in that previous race could signal an improved run on this drop. Southern Humor (1) is another good price play, as that Fairgrounds form at this level often holds up well. Wild Road (5) comes off that circuit, too, but it moving up in class. Tune In (3) merits a look off the connections. Exacta box 8-5-1-3