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3-year old turf fillies in the spotlight in today's feature and it's a full field! Good luck!
Sorry to state the obvious here but East Moon (2) looks like a cinch. Anything close to the race she ran here in the spring would win this and trainer Rusty Arnold is 21 percent with horses making the second start off a layoff of this type. Bouffant (6) is by Uncle Mo and shows two bullet works from September so I'll take a shot with that one for a bit of price in the two-hole. Bellinthecity (1) had a good run off the bench and it's encouraging that Leparoux stays in the saddle. Exacta boxes 2-6, 2-1
Summer Passport (1) makes the second start off a long layoff and he showed good speed in the comebacker so he might well improve off that run with a cozy rail draw. Hoptown Honey (13) is a must-use if he draws in, given that solid effort earlier at this fall meet. Civil (7) goes for a trainer that has claimed three horses this year and won with two of them. Watch What Happens (5) could improve on the class drop. Exacta boxes 1-13, 1-7, 1-5
Preamble (1) looks like a good bet to produce a miniscule early pick 3 payoff. He looked really good winning first time out and shows a sharp work out of that race. Bingwa (3) goes for the Ward barn and he hits at a 40 percent clip on the turf-to-dirt move. Spectacular Gem (6) has plenty of experience against winners. Exacta part-wheel 1 with 3,6
Soglio (9) drops from grade 3 company and gets Jose Ortiz to ride for the Maker barn. That class edge could be too much to overcome. Altito (5) is worth a look at a price off a lifetime best Beyer of 90 last time and the Vance/Leparoux team scored on Monday. Compass Zone (3) has won here and if you can forgive that last race, this one's form looks very good. Exacta boxes 9-5, 9-3, 9-1
What a Fox (1) drops from straight maiden to maiden-claiming and with some speed and a rail draw, she could be very tough here for a barn that has been getting a little hotter lately. Sweetest Appeal (10) caught a good one in the debut and now drops to maiden-claiming company. Carolina Beach (4) caught a good field last time at Saratoga and she has worked well, too. Exacta boxes 1-10, 1-4
Heavenly Hill (4) has four in-the-money finishes from eight starts and trainer Ben Colebrook has a nice knack for success with horses in longer sprints. Hymn to Inana (2) drops in class and has two wins from four starts. Sohni (3) gets a look because she's won here and As Fast As You Can (9) has the talent to win but must avoid a wide trip. Exacta boxes 4-2, 4-3, 4-9
Focused (3) made a good run from the 12-hole at Kentucky Downs and could run much better with an improved post position here. She's also working well for the third start off a layoff for a trainer who already has a couple of wins at the meet. Pocket Book (9) was a beaten favorite last time in a race in which she flashed speed but faded. Ultima D (9) is the other Ward trainee and comes out of some tough races. Blazen Betsy (13) and Jet Away Sue (4) are worth a look, too. Exacta boxes 3-9, 3-6, 3-13, 3-4
Jump Ruler (6) was in over her head last time in a grade 1 but her speed will be a big asset in this softer spot. Auspicious Babe (4) ran a lifetime best Beyer figure last time. True Dream (7) has four wins this year but her late-running style is a disadvantage in this spot. Exacta box 6-4-7
The grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View presents a fun handicapping challenge and potentially a profitable one with this big field. I'm going with Colonia (7). She was wide last time and was in too tough in the previous outing. That US debut race at Arlington in July was impressive with her turn of foot and the runnerup came back to win at Saratoga. Daddy Is a Legend (3) has more than held her own against some tough customers. Poetic Charm (13) is a European invader who was second in a group 3 and gets Mike Smith to ride. Chiopolta (14) makes her second start in the states and gets Leparoux.
Exacta boxes 7-3, 7-13, 7-14
Locally Owned (8) caught a good one in her debut race and if she produces an effort similar to that one, she'll likely win this. Brush Country (3) improved in the second start and he pressed a solid pace from start to finish. He also worked well out of that race. Sultry Samurai (7) was sold earlier this year as a two-year for $300,000 and that's way, way above the stud fee for his sire. Exacta boxes 8-3, 8-7, 8-5