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An attractive Saturday program begins with an inscrutable race – anybody can win the opener – and if you’re playing rolling exotics we suggest you use as many as you can afford to. #4 Second Time and #7 Clearly Confused both have credentials but neither one is trustworthy. The former once could run a bit but hasn’t been out since November of 2012 while the latter has failed twice in a row as the favorite. They could run one-two or end up nowhere.
Friday’s program begins with a 3-year-old filly claiming sprint that attracted just five runners. #3 Frandontjudge returns to her claim level after a starter’s allowance win across town and based on speed figures is realistically spotted. However, at 6/5 on the morning line she offers little value. #1 Time for Angie looks like the best of the closers and was actually stakes-placed earlier in her career. There’s not much to work with here.
A new week of racing begins with a maiden turf miler that seems ideal for #2 Presenceofagenius. A closing third in his sprint debut last month, the son of Sky Mesa should improve considerably with the switch to Stevens and the stretch-out in trip and sports a bullet workout since raced. He’s 8/5 on the morning line and could very go lower.
The Sunday opener is a mid-grade claiming turf miler that looks likely to be won by #5 Trelawny. The Mullins-trained gelding stretches out to a more suitable trip over a course he’s been known to like and most likely will draft into an ideal second-flight position. Baze should have him along in time as a straight play and rolling exotic single.
An excellent Saturday program begins with a high priced maiden claiming sprint for 3-year-olds. #6 Matt the Hammer has been impressive in the morning for Miller (excellent with first-timers) and looks cranked up and ready to win right now. He seems like a logical gate-to-wire winner under P. Val and offers value at anywhere near his morning line of 5/2.
The Friday program begins with a five-runner field that doesn’t offer much in the way of value. #1 She’s a Go Girl represents inside speed and is in good form, so she’s the one to beat. #3 Coco de Carchy plummets in class and has figures that make her a major player. We’ll use both in our rolling exotics.