Preview: The turf rails are out at 24 feet this week, cutting most of the fields down to 9 horses and makes frontrunners with a better shot. So far on the grass Flavien Prat leads the jockeys with five wins from 22 mounts after a slow start the first week. He’s followed by Kent Desormeaux (4-20) and Victor Espinoza (3-13).
Race 1: 1. Prohibition Repeal, 2. Sam Slick, 3. Midnight Edition. LONG SHOT: H R Express.
Race 2: 1. #2 Hennythelovepenny (7-2) BEST BET, 2. Revenue Virginius, 3. Wedding Blush. LONG SHOT: Matter of Luck.
Trainer Bill Spawr is 37% first off the claim and when he moves a horse up off the claim that’s an even better sign. This filly has the top Brisnet Early Pace Rating and look for jockey Kent Desormeaux to use that speed.
Race 3: Midnight Rambler, 2. Contemplate, 3. Smokey’s Legacy. LONG SHOT: Senator Robert.
Race 4: 1. Magical Mystery, 2. Accelerate, 3. Picture Tube. LONG SHOT: Tiz No Bluff.
Race 5: 1. Optimism And Hope, 2. Ok Doll, 3. Mitzi Winks. LONG SHOT: Paschalitsa.
Race 6: 1. #7 Dixie Dame (6-1), 2. Stand by for News, 3. Royal Flush Babe. LONG SHOT: Royal Red.
This filly is from the red-hot Phil D’Amato barn (5 for 13). She has good early speed and Tyler Baze takes over. Baze is 27% with D’Amato.
Race 7: Holograeme, 2. Dressed to a T, 3. Lily Kai. LONG SHOT: Scattagirl.
Race 8: 1. #7 Johann’s Command (6-1), 2. Malibu Dude, 3. River Hoss. LONG SHOT: Princely Warrior.
This gelding is moving up in class off a third place effort. He has speed and gets a key jockey switch from apprentice Chad Lindsay to Kent Desormeaux, who is 5-for-10 for trainer Richard Rosales.
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