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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wagering strategies for Wednesday 4-25-18
"Others" listed in order of preference for exactas, tri's and multi-race wagers

1st Race

(7) Resonate got a wide trip from the 9-hole in the race on opening weekend of this spring meet. A better trip could get her home first and I like that Geroux retains the night. (6) Fashion Envy is the one to beat off a class drop for the Walsh barn. (4) Valiant Reason ran well here in the first start off the layoff.
Win bet: 7
Others: 6,4,1,3

2nd Race

(7) My Kinda Devil is worth a hit-the-board-at-a-price play in this spot. The 67 Beyer off a short layoff last time was a notable wakeup effort and Borel is riding well with limited opportunities. (3) She's Got Pride, (1) Mrs Rocco and (6) Lucky Move for Jones, Cox and Casse respectively as the ones I will key in exactas with the 7.
Win bet: 7
Others: 3,1,6

3rd Race

If both Ward trainees run here, I'll lean to (4) Abyssinian over (5) Stage Left. The former has a better win-early pedigree. If you want to go deeper, (7) Inda Zone might improve with that start under his belt.
Win bet: 4
Others: 5,7

4th Race

I'm between three horses here and I'll lean to the one that will likely be a higher price--(3) Araminta. The Lopresti horses are outrunning their odds at this meet and the 73 Beyer figure last fall would be competitive in this spot. (4) Creative Thinking comes out of good races at the Fairgrounds and (5) Lovin Empire comes off a solid win.
Win bet: 3
Others: 4,5,6,7

5th Race

Going with (8) What What What in a wide-open heat. Mason is good off the claim and this one scored a win on this track previously. (9) Gingermore interests me at a price as she is the only horse with recent form at a longer distance and the turnback angle can be good at 7 furlongs. She could hit the board at a price and might even win. (5) Vacanzie Inn and (1) Prom Theme are worth a look off their local experience.
Win bet: 8
Others: 9,5,1
Pick 4: 8,9,5,1 with 6,2,4,3 with 7,9 with 5,8,1

6th Race

Going with (6) Zulu Alpha in this spot off a significantly improved effort in the second start for a new barn. And coming off two nine-furlong races, this one-mile test could fit him well. (2) Dot Matrix is the one to beat but 0-for-3 at a mile is a concern. (4) Profiteer, (3) Bondurant and (7) Space Mountain are others to consider if you want to spread here.
Win bet: 6
Others: 2,4,3,7

7th Race

I like the Fairgrounds shippers here and it's either (7) Aviator Parks or (9) Something Bird for me. I'll lean to the former for the win pick, thanks to Aviator Park's speed. Gabriel Saez in the saddle helps, too, as he has ridden very well here this spring and this one does show a win on dirt. Something Bird's form is trending upward so he can easily win here. (6) Mucho Mas Grande was finishing strong last time and could improve in the second off a layoff. (4) Ragtime Rebel is interesting if only for the Lopresti-Leparoux connections.
Win bet: 7
Others: 9,6,4,5

8th Race

(5) Brielle's Appeal popped an 85 Beyer in her 2018 debut and that suggests she can handle this class rise. This one has run well here, too. The Cox-Geroux connections make (8) Golden Amber worth a strong look in your handicapping and the consistency of (1) May Lilly makes that one a strong contender.
Win bet: 5
Others: 8,1,7