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Chin’n Tonic makes his U.S. debut for import specialist Vienna and has trained well enough to expect a big effort in a wide open high priced claiming turf affair for 3-year-olds. His European form wasn’t bad at all – his maiden win at Newcastle last summer was impressive and his two subsequent efforts in valuable handicaps don’t do him justice – and from where he’s drawn the Irish-bred gelding should draft into a lovely second flight trip. There’s enough speed to set things up for a closer and Flores should have him along in time. The morning line price of 4-1 seems about right.

Gavine, a French import with a touch of class, makes her U.S. debut for a trainer that excels with these types of imports and the works indicate fitness. She’s won off layoffs in the past, lands Rosario, and should be on or near the lead throughout. Reba Is Tops beat a claiming field recently and probably will have to improve a bit to repeat in this tougher spot, but the veteran mare loves to win races, always gives her best, and must be respected. Southern Fireball, a route-to-sprint play, removes blinkers, retains Pedroza, has won over this course in the past and looks dangerous from off the pace at 8-1 on the morning line. These three comprise an attractive exacta or trifecta box and all three should be used in your rolling exotics.

Handicapping, in short, refers to analyzing the race to come up with best predicted outcome, or pick. There are many angles when it comes to picking a winner. Using some of the help from the professional handicappers below, you can determine your own angle on placing a bet. For more information on how to bet or wager, click here.

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