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Let’s try a pair of 4-1 morning line entrants in an exacta box and in our rolling exotics, as both Special Kid and Fusa Code appear to be coming up to this race in fine style. Special Kid has steadily improving speed figures, a decent runner up try to Uncle Sam in a similar two-turn maiden affair in late December, and a very healthy work pattern since for O’Neill. He’s drawn well inside, switches to Bejarano, and figures in the thick of things with another forward move. Fusa Code was a beaten choice in the same race that Special Kid exits but was somewhat victimized by a lack of pace and a wide trip and likely can do much better. He’s another who has impressed in recent morning drills, switches to Gomez for Asmussen, and should have no excuses today.

This is a fairly competitive down-the-hill turf sprint for entry level allowance runners and both C Tizz Run and Kate’s Event should fire big shots. The former exits a hot race, has trained well since and - assuming he can transfer his main track form to the turf – should be prominent throughout. The pace scenario he’ll encounter today likely will be much more comfortable than his most recent outing. Kate’s Event impressed with his off-the-pace maiden tally earlier this season and should continue to improve with experience for Hollendorfer. He’s looked quite sharp in recent drills according to published reports, retains Rosario, and seems especially enticing at 9/2 on the morning line (he’s worth a straight play at that price). Both are worth using in rolling exotics.

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