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Churchill Race 5, 7 furlongs Claiming $5,000 (2:45 ET)
Best Value Play: #1 His Royal Highness (10/1)
Most Likely Winner: #5 Quality Council (4/1)
Other Contenders: #3 J.Z’s Crafty Boy (8/1), #7 Do I Do (12/1)
Analysis: Quality Council was claimed from last by a good claiming trainer, runs for his ninth career win and drops in class. J.Z’s Crafty Boy comes from a hot barn, ran a huge race last out and looks to be in perfect position for a repeat. Do I Do ran right behind Craft Boy in that hot heat last time and should be better suited to win in his second effort after a freshener. His Royal Highness hasn’t run a bad race in two years, has some back class, good speed numbers and comes from a hot barn.
Monmouth Race 9, 6 furlongs Optional Claiming $32,000 2X (4:41 ET)
Best Value Play: #10 Lake Drive South (10/1)
Most Likely Winner: #3 Just Call Kenny (5/2)
Other Contenders: #4 Pomeroy’s Package (4/1) #5 The Pulse (6/1)
Analysis: Just Call Kenny keeps Bravo in his second race after a rest, has graded stakes experience and worked well in preparation for this contest. Pomeroy’s Package posted a big number in last and has the speed to either lead or stalk another that sets the pace. The Pulse is brought to town by one of Gotham’s better conditioner’s, has extraordinary bloodlines, and if he repeats his efforts in Baltimore he will be tough to handle. Lake Drive South may lack some class based on the character of this field, but this colt showed speed and posted good numbers while in Tampa.