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Scott Hazelton

A graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Scott has covered horse racing since 2004, first at HRTV and later with TVG. He has been part the broadcast team coverage of the Triple Crown, Dubai World Cup (G1) and Royal Ascot. His father Richard Hazelton won more than 4,700 races during a training career that spanned over 60 years.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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1st Race

1-5-4

#1 Tale of Mona didn’t get a fair run at it last time and she’s found an very soft group here today. Will at least pick up a top three finish. #5 Paddy Kaye’s Wild can repeat her last race and win with that effort versus this group. #4 Not a Needy Gal may improve routing for the second time. Worth a look.

2nd Race

2/2b-3-4

You get both parts of the entry but I prefer the #2b in this entry, Algebraic. Ran a fast 6 furlongs for the level just 13 days ago here at Keeneland for a win. #3 Tkotchke is on par with the #2/2b and has to be viewed a huge threat. #4 Passageway is trained by Chris Hartman who has had a lights out meet here at Keeneland. He spots his horses well and this colt looks like a fit.

3rd Race

2-3-7

#2 Tiz Splendid News ran a huge race on debut at Kentucky Downs. She’s a full sister to 2 year old stakes winner Made Me Shiver. #3 Dame of Malta is wonderfully bred as she’s by Union Rags and out of the dam, Bizzy Caroline, who was a 2 time graded stakes winner on turf. Have to respect. #7 Persevering should improve with a start under her belt and she’s a 1/2 sister to graded stakes winner on turf, Workin For Hops.

4th Race

8-5-1

#8 Heart Rhythm is has run good races against better. The drop in class will get this colt to the winners circle. #5 Conformist is a first time starter with solid enough works and finds a underperforming group outside of the #8. Worth a swing. #1 Bump is trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Florent Geroux, this duo teamed up for 3 wins here on Sunday. Pay attention anytime they come together.

5th Race

2-1-4

#2 Intrepid Heart at one point looked like he was going to be a star. It didn’t quite pan out that way but when he’s put in spots like today he can excel and he’s won his last two races. #1 Jungle Warfare should bounce back off of two tough races for a barn that would have dropped this horse further if need be. Have to respect the placing. #4 Two Thirty Five has back class that has to be respected. Must consider this former California stakes runner.

6th Race

5-2-1

#5 Golden Curl has improved in the last two races enough to win by 2 lengths at Churchill last time. Will be forward and have a jump on the closers. #2 Pass the Plate should catch better ground than the yielding ground she ran over. She’s a closer that may need more ground to work with but she’s got a look here. #1 My Heart Sings comes down from Chicago where this one has been training. Comes off of two wins and will have to step up but deserves a look today.

7th Race

2-1-8

#2 O Seraphina hasn’t raced in 8 months so she made need a race but her trainer is good with layoff horses and she might be able to make the lead in this sprint. #1 Impeccable Style has a tough rail post but have to respect her. She was last seen losing to eventual KY Oaks winner, Shedaresthedevil. #8 Never Forget scratched out of the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run in favor of this spot. She’s got the form for this run but will likely come of the pace and be wide, which is less than ideal.

8th Race

2-4-7

#2 Margaret’s Joy should sit a good trip with this post position draw and the early stalking style she’s displayed lately. Have to respect. #4 Safari Queen gets a much better post draw versus the #10 post she had in NY a month ago. Will respond with a better effort. #7 Fortuna could set the pace and keep on going. Speed danger.