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The Sunday program begins with a very weak maiden claimer; we’ll use two and hope that’s sufficient. Flew Flicker is an 11-race maiden but he actually finished first in a race three back, only to be disqualified. He has dangerous speed in this context so we’ll use him along with Political Man, a closing sort with competitive figures for a clever outfit. Toss in a few others if you’d like or better yet simply pass the race.
Lord Vronsky seeks his third straight win in the Friday opener but is actually dropping a notch off a Spawr claim, and hasn’t had a registered work for almost a month. He’s 4/5 on the morning line, so regardless of whether he’s healthy or not, he offers no value. Cabo Chico was 4/5 against Lord Vronsky when they met last time out and wound up fourth, but today lands a more comfortable outside post and seems capable bouncing back. If you’re looking to play the race, he might be the safer of the two, though a better strategy might simply be to pass the race.
The Thursday program begins with what appears to be an early daily double that could up rather chalky. Kingsbury drops from a very strong straight maiden race to a rather weak maiden claimer and is listed as the 6/5 morning line favorite. He seems to lack any early speed and he’ll have to overcome the rail but he almost rates top billing by default. In a race that somebody has to win, he has credentials, but not enough to warrant a play at a short price. Let’s pass the race and look for better opportunities.
A challenging Sunday program begins with a challenging entry-level allowance affair at nine furlongs on turf. Alley Hondro draws a much better post in his second off a claim for Ellis and retains Talamo. He’s never been all that successful over this turf course but in this league he’s good enough to pose a serious threat with his best effort. Unusual Jazz is our top pick and one to beat. A repeat of his race before would be good enough. Both should be included in rolling exotic play.
The Big ‘Cap’s 11-race card is terrific – the best of the season – and begins straight up at Noon.
In the opener, Storm Fighter has improving form for Headley and a style that should project well over a distance of ground. He has the classic two-sprints-and-a-stretch-out pattern and continues to impress in the morning. In a below par field for the level, the son of Stormin Fever looks ready to graduate, but at 8/5 on the morning line offers little value in the straight pool. We’ll use him as a rolling exotic single.