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Fair Grounds Race 4 5 1/2 furlongs turf Claiming $15,000 3L (3:55 ET)
Best Value Play: #4 Don’t Be Mad (5/1)
Most Likely Winner: #5 Western Elegance (5/2)
Other Contenders: #7 Aaron of Goshen (4/1), #8 Senior Rapidor (7/2)
Analysis: Western Elegance looks to be the one to beat based upon his class, turf breeding and successful barn. Aaron of Goshen takes a class drop, has some early zip and tried the turf for a hot trainer. Senior Rapidor may not take to the turf, but if he does he will be in the mix early and poised to strike at the top of the stretch. Don’t Be Mad likes the lawn, comes from a good barn and drops in class.
Fair Grounds Race 7 6 furlongs Optional $12,500 (5:24 ET)
Best Value Play: #3 Nitap (6/1)
Most Likely Winner: #1 Off Cycle (3/1)
Other Contenders: #6 All About Ju Ju (5/2) #7 Ben’s Juliette (4/1)
Analysis: Off Cycle goes for tenth career win and is only a 4 year old. She is in top form and should get a good rail trip. All About Ju Ju has either won or been within a couple of lengths in all of her races, plus she keeps Mena in the irons. Ben’s Juliette is one who has made some good money in the maiden ranks but graduated last out. The talent is there and she may handle these while she runs for a hot barn. Nitap has had a couple of interesting trips while chasing the top choice and knows what it takes to be photographed after a race.