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Top Horses to Bet on Today – June 10 Analysis – Saturday, June 10, 2023

by: Ed Meyer

Belmont Stakes Day

Race #10 – The G1 Metropolitan – 1 mile – 5:04 pm Analysis / #1 – Cody’s Wish / #6 – Zandon / #7 – Repo Rocks

#1 Cody’s Wish is a son of Curlin for the Bill Mott barn making his second start of the year. He is seeking his 6th straight win and has three straight bullets to prepare. Junior Alvarado has the call aboard this stalker who is 2 for 2 ITM at Belmont. 2nd time off the layoff yields a 20% win clip for Team Mott. #6 Zandon is a late runner from the Chad Brown barn with Flavien Prat aboard making his 2nd start of the year. He is eligible to improve 2nd time out and they make a major rider switch to Prat. He is 2 for 2 ITM at Belmont. #7 Repo Rocks is a stalker from the Jamie Ness barn with Ruben Silvera in the irons. The son of Tapiture is 6 for 8 ITM over the course and needs to upstep his game to take down the prize today.

Race #11 – The G1 Manhattan – 1 1/2 on the turf – 5:54 pm Analysis / #4 – Ottoman Fleet / #8 – Up to the Mark / #6 – Red Knight

#4 Ottoman Fleet is a son of Sea the Stars (IRE) for the Charlie Appleby yard with William Buick making the trip. He has a strong late kick and owns a score over the Belmont surface to prepare. He is 4 for 4 ITM at the distance and Buick has been aboard the majority of his races. #8 Up to the Mark hails from the Todd Pletcher barn with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. His last win was an impressive prep as Ortiz wins 27% of his turf mounts, and they ship back from CD where the barn wins 24% with shippers. #6 Red Knight is a closer from the Mike Maker barn where he is 7 for 11 ITM for Maker. This is his 3rd off the layoff move and since last year’s BC Turf, he looks more focused and ready for a top effort.

Race #12 – The G1 Belmont Stakes – 1 1/2 – 7:02 pm Analysis / #6 – Forte / #7 – Hit Show / #9 – Red Route One

#6 Forte is a strong closer from the Todd Pletcher barn with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. Ortiz is known as one of the best finishers in the game and wins 26% with his late callers. He has been off for two months since winning the G1 Florida Derby and seeks his 6th straight victory for the Todd Squad. #7 Hit Show makes his 3rd start off the break and exits with an average effort in the G1 Kentucky Derby. Prior to that he looks solid closing into the pace and can easily be a factor with a clean trip today. #9 Red Route One hails from the Steve Asmussen barn with Joel Rosario aboard. He steadied a bit in the G1 Preakness and ran a respectable race. He is more like the legendary Silky Sullivan closing from out of the clouds, and when he gets moving watch out. He would need a decent pace or he would find himself stalking closer to a pedestrian tempo to not have his knockout punch. Live longshot for your exotics.


Top Horses to Bet on Today – March 18 Analysis – Saturday, March 18, 2023

by: Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park

Race #3 – Maiden Special Weights – 1 mile – 1:38 pm Analysis / #4 – Magical Power / #6 – Citizen Mack / #2 – Arcangelo

#4 Magical Power is a $460,000 sales purchase for this son of Good Magic for Todd Pletcher and Irad Ortiz. His dam Follow Moon has one starter and one winner to her credit and is bred for the route distance. Good Magic wins 16% with first time starters and Ortiz and Pletcher are 13 for 14 ITM as a team the past few weeks. #6 Citizen Mack is a son of Quality Road for Shug McGaughey and Jose Ortiz aboard. A $950,000 sales purchase and makes his second start of the year and 2nd time off the layoff where the barn scores 18%. #2 Arcangelo makes his 3rd lifetime start and switches over to Castellano today. He’s been knocking on the door and Javier wins 21% with route runners.


Race #8 – The $100,000 Hutcheson – 6f – 4:07 pm Analysis / #3 – Super Chow / #4 – Two of a Kind / #6 – Youbetterbejoking

#3 Super Chow is a speedy son of Lord Nelson for Jorge Delgado with Chantal Sutherland in the irons. He is 3 for 3 ITM at GP and just missed in the G3 Swale as the beaten favorite. He drops in class today and cuts back to 6f. #4 Two of a Kind hails from the Brian Lynch barn with Joel Rosario in the saddle. This is his 3rd start off the layoff and the barn scores 24% on this move. He has plenty of early speed and has hooked Super Chow twice prior looking to turn the tables today. #6 Youbetterbejoking is a late runner from the George Weaver barn and owns a win on his maiden voyage. Luis Saez takes over today and sports a sharp work stepping up in class today.


Race #11 – The $100,000 Silks Run – 5f on the turf – 5:35 pm Analysis / #9 – Big Invasion / #2 – Carotari / #5 – Belgrano

#9 Big Invasion hails from the Christophe Clement barn with Joel Rosario aboard. He’s been off for 6 months from KyD and drops down in class off a beaten favorite angle where the barn wins 23%. This son of Declaration of War is 3 for 3 ITM at GP and should fit like a glove at this class level. He comes off a sharp work and has a sharp late kick. #2 Carotari is a stalker from the Brian Lynch yard with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. The son of Artie Schiller was a beaten favorite last out and the barn comes back to score at 25% on this move. #5 Belgrano goes to post for Frank Russo who wins 44% with nongraded stakes races. Javier Castellano in the driver’s seat and takes a drop in class today.


Top Horses to Bet on Today – March 5 Analysis – Saturday, March 5, 2022

by: Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park

Race#12 – The G2 Fountain of Youth – 1 1/16 – 5:42 pm Analysis / #12 – Mo Donegal / #9 – High Oak / #8 – Emmanuel

#12 Mo Donegal is a son of Uncle Mo for the Todd Pletcher barn with Irad Ortiz aboard. 2nd start off a layoff and was a beaten favorite last out where the barn comes back to score 27% looking for payback. He has a solid stalking style with a big late punch. The distance should fit his liking and sports a sharp work in preparation. #9 High Oak hails from the Bill Mott barn and has been off since Saratoga. Junior Alvarado has the call and should improve with added distance. His bullet work is promising as he’ll come calling late in the lane. #8 Emmanuel is a speedster that is a perfect 2 for 2 for Todd Pletcher as Luis Saez reunites with this son of More Than Ready. He moves up in class and if left alone on the front could pull a flag fall to that’s all move today.


Santa Anita

Race#6 – The G2 San Felipe -1 1/16 – 5:30 pm Analysis / #3 – Armagnac / #5 – Doppelganger / #6 – Forbidden Kingdom

#3 Armagnac hails from the Baffert barn and he has dominated 8 of the last 22 runnings. Toss out his first run and the second effort looked sharp. He should snag the lead and try to wire the field. That gleaming bullet work shows big things to come under the patient hand of John Velasquez. #5 Doppelganger goes postward for Baffert and Flavien Prat as a beaten favorite last out. After a questionable effort last out he has been shooting bullets in the morning. I’ll toss out the last effort as he was moving up the ladder and still managed to stay close in defeat. #6 – Forbidden Kingdom is a solid speedster for Dick Mandella and J.J. Hernadez. 2nd off the layoff, and 1 for 1 at SA. Could upset the applecart today.

Race#9 – The G1 Beholder – 1 mile – 7:00 pm Analysis / #3 – As Time Goes By / #1 – Varda / #6 – Envoutante

#3 As Time Goes By is a daughter of American Pharoah for Bob Baffert and Flavien Prat looks for three straight. She has tactical speed and is 7 for 7 ITM over the course. Prat and Baffert are winning 36% as a team and her last race was ultra impressive. The bullet works make this speedy gal dangerous. #1 Varda looks solid for Baffert teaming up with J.J. Hernandez as they are doing excellent work as a team. She’s by Distorted Humor and comes off a long layoff. Look for an honest effort stalking the pace and getting back in the swing of things. #6 Envoutante ships in from CD for Ken McPeek and John Velasquez in the saddle. She looks to fire fresh off the bench and is always in the mix turning for home. McPeek is a master at spotting his runners in the right place.

Race#10 – The G1 Frank Kilroe – 1 mile on turf – 7:30 pm Analysis / #8 – Space Traveller / #4 – Count Again / #2 – Subconscious

#8 Space Traveller hails from the Brendan Walsh barn and has the services of Jamie Spencer. A late runner from out of the clouds should make his presence felt after checking and steadying last out in the PWC Turf Invitational at GP. Spencer making the trip is a good sign and he’ll be rolling quick down the lane. #4 Count Again goes postward for Phil D’Amato and Flavien Prat. He is capable of big things and can come flying late under the turf master Prat. I like the bullet works, but he has a great deal to finish turning for home. #2 Subconscious has handy early foot for Dick Mandella and J.J. Hernandez. He is 4 for 6 ITM over the course and was a beaten chalk coming into the race. 2nd off the shelf is room for big improvement today.

Race#11 – The G1 Santa Anita Handicap – 1 1/4 – 8:00 pm Analysis / #3 – Warrant / #6 – Express Train / #8 – Stilleto Boy

#3 Warrant ships in from FG for Brad Cox and Flavien Prat. This son of Constitution always brings a good run and should be mid pack stalking the pace. He was beaten by his stablemate Mandaloun last out and should show better going his 2nd off the shelf. Prat should have him up close today waiting in hand. #6 Express Train hails from the John Sheriffs barn looking for three straight and 8 for 9 over the course. He seems to like 10f and should be moving quickly as they turn for home. #8 Stilleto Boy is a mid flight stalker under John Velasquez who ran a solid race in the G1 PWC Invitational at GP finishing 3rd. Solid player not to leave off your exotics.


Top Horses to Bet at Woodbine – September 18 Analysis – September 18, 2021

by: Ed Meyer


Race #3 – The G2 Canadian Stakes – 1 1/8 miles turf – 2:16 pm Analysis / #3 – La Draogontea / #2 – Our Secret Agent / #1 – Court Return

#3 Dragontea hails from the Christophe Clement yard with Joel Rosario in the saddle. She had the perfect prep winning at Saratoga and comes in moving up a notch in class. Rosario wins 21% with stalkers and does very well with Clement scoring at a 25% win clip. I’m looking for a mid pack move before they turn for home with the patient hand of Rosario finishing strong down the lane. #2 Our Secret Agent is a strong late closer for Mark Casse and Antonio Gallardo in the irons. They are going from a sprint to a route and Casse wins 16% on this move. This is 4th off the layoff and only her second time on the greensward. She has solid breeding on the dam side and should give a good account of herself as Casse spots his runners well. #1 Court Return is a daughter of Court Vision for Josie Carroll who is 8 for 12 ITM over the course. Luis Contreras is in the driver’s seat and she is bred to relish the sod. She closed eight wide last out to finish fourth and should enjoy the distance today.


Race #9 – The G1 Canadian International – 1 1/2 miles on the turf – 5:35 pm Analysis / #3 – Desert Encounter / #2 – Walton Street / #6 – Fantasioso

#3 Desert Encounter comes to post from the David Simcock yard with Daniel Thudhope making the journey. This son of Hailing is bred for the lush turf and is regally bred to enjoy the journey. The barn wins 66% with graded stakes and has held his own in Gr company the past year. He’s a late runner and Thurdhope is a talented rider who can finish with a flourish. #2 Walton Street gets first Lasix for the Charlie Applebee yard with Frankie Dettori in the saddle. He ships in off a solid effort in a Gr 1 effort in Germany, and should stalk off the leaders under the talented Dettori. His dam Brom Felinity (AUS) has two starters, two winners, and two turf wins to her credit. #6 Fantasioso is a late runner for Ignacio Correas with Joel Rosario getting the call. After facing graded company his last race may be the perfect prep to get things back on track. Rosario is a patient but strong hand in the irons and will get a good trip from this son of Strategic Prince (GB).


Race  #10 – The G1 Woodbine Mile – 1 mile on the turf – 6:12 pm Analysis / #5 – Set Piece / #7 – Raging Bull / #10 – Space Traveller

#5 Set Piece hails from the Brad Cox barn and has the services of Joel Rosario in the irons. He has been the picture of consistency this past year and has a swift late running punch turning for home. This is 2nd off the layoff and Cox wins 25% with graded stakes and shipping in from Saratoga where he scores 27% with fresh scenery. #7 Raging Bull goes to post for Chad Brown and Frankie Dettori. He was beaten chalk in the G1 Fourstardave and looks to get back in 2019 form where he put in a strong closing move in the G1 Woodbine Mile. Brown has two bullet works coming in with one of the best riders in the world. Do not leave off of your wagers. #10 Space Traveller finished up strong in the G1 Mr. D at AP last out. Daniel Tudhope takes the call and trainer Brendan Walsh wins 22% with runners making the 2nd start for his barn. He has a top shelf rider in the saddle and should not be dismissed.

Top Horses to Bet on at Kentucky Downs – September 5 Analysis – September 5, 2021

by: Ed Meyer

Kentucky Downs

Race #9 – The $500k Dueling Grounds Oaks – 1 5/16 miles turf – 5:50 pm Analysis / #6 – Adventuring / #8 – Core Values / #9 – Earth Strike

#6 Adventuring hails from the barn of Brad Cox and failed as the beaten favorite last out. Switching riders to Joel Rosario and should relish the added distance. Add in a bullet work off her last race and Rosario may have a live runner in his hands. #8 Core Values is a late runner from the barn of Victoria Oliver with Rafael Bejarano in the irons. This daughter of Honor Code is shooting to make it four in a row and can launch a strong bid turning for home in the long undulating stretch. #9 Earth Strike enters for trainer Mark Casse. Declan Carroll is in the saddle and makes her 2nd off a layoff move today and has a late kick that will enjoy the added ground. Caroll wins 11% on the turf and is bred to relish the European course by Zoffany (IRE) and Another Storm who has 11 starters, 10 winners, and 9 turf winners to her credit. She would be an excellent complement to exotic wagers.

Race #10 – The $750k Dueling Grounds Derby – 1 5/16 miles turf – 6:25pm Analysis / #12- Du Jour / #11 -Last Samurai / #8 – Cellist

#11 Du Jour is a late runner from the Bill Mott barn with Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat. This son of Temple City is 5 for 6 ITM on the turf and has always brought his top game every start. Look for a late run as Rosario will guide him into contention from the outside post and get a better seat to launch a late bid. He drops in class from G1 company at Saratoga, and 3rd off the layoff with an outside post to relax and find himself may be the key. #11 Last Samurai is a son of Malibu Moon for Dallas Stewart and Jon Court in the irons. The barn wins 20% off a last race win shipping in from Colonial Downs. He is stepping up in class, but his snappy late kick can have him in contention turning for home. Court is a seasoned veteran who has been riding over the undulating course for years, and when the money is on the line that can be a big factor. #8 Cellist is a speedy son of Big Blue Kitten for Rusty Arnold and Julien Leparoux. He will be the pacesetter and if allowed to dictate the pace with dawdling fractions at the half, it can be trouble for the late runners.


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Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – March 27

Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – 3/27/2021

by: Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park

Race #10 – The G-2 Pan American – 1 1/2 on the turf – 4:09 pm Selections / #3 – Sadler’s Joy / #2 – Temple  / #7 – Moon Over Miami

#3 Sadler’s Joy is a son of Kitten’s Joy for Thom Albertrani and Jose Ortiz in the saddle. He’s been off for two months and the barn scores at a 12% win clip with fresh legs. He is 4 for 7 ITM at GP and closed well last out coming up a bit short down the lane. Ortiz wins 23% with his turf closers. #2 Temple makes his 3rd off the layoff move for Mike Maker with Irad Ortiz in the irons. This son of Temple City should be mid pack and Irad wins 26% with stalking type closers. He loves GP going 10 for 11 ITM over the course. #7 Moon Over Miami hails from the Bill Mott barn with Junior Alvarado in the saddle.  2nd time off the layoff, and Mott wins 17% on this move. The rider is 19 for 34 ITM the past week.

Race #12 – The G-2 Gulfstream Oaks – 1 1/16 – 5:17 pm Selections / #3 – Crazy Beautiful / #6 – Millefeuille / #1 – Con Lima

#3 Crazy Beautiful is a daughter of Liam’s Map for Ken McPeek and Jose Ortiz. This is her 2nd off the layoff and eligible to improve after being reluctant to load last out. She was 4 wide moving late last out and should be mid pack in high gear turning for home. #6 Millefeuille is a daughter of Curlin making her 2nd start of the year. Add in her bullet work at Payson and trainer Bill Mott looks to keep her moving forward in 2021. She was shuffled back at the start last out and looks prime to get back on track.  #1 Con Lima is a speedy filly for Todd Pletcher who is 3 for 3 ITM over the course. She makes the turf to dirt switch and wins 25% on the surface move. Irad Ortiz in the driver’s seat and should break quickly.

Race #14 – The G-1 Florida Derby – 1 1/8 – 6:40 pm Selections / #5 – Known Agenda / #7 – Greatest Honor / #10 – Spielberg

#5 Known Agenda is a son of Curlin for Todd Pletcher with Irad Ortiz in the irons. He won impressively by 11 lengths last out as prep and looks to make his 3rd off the layoff move where the barn wins 23%. The distance should fit his style and look for a solid late run. #7 Greatest Honor is a son of Tapit 6 for 6 ITM who is a perfect 3 for 3 at GP. Known Agenda beat him going 9f, and should make a sharp move on the far turn for Shug McCaughey and Jose Ortiz. He is 6 for 6 ITM at the track seeking his 4th straight win. #10 Spielberg is a late runner for Bob Baffert with Javier Castellano in the saddle. He ships in from OP and Baffert wins 30% with his shippers. He has sharp works and switches riders to Castellano.


Turfway Park

Race #11 – The G-3 Jeff Ruby Steaks – 1 1/8 – 6:25 pm Selections / #2 – Hush of a Storm / #7 – Tarantino / #10 – Gretzky the Great

#2 Hush of a Storm hails from the William Morey barn with Santiago Gonzalez in the irons. 2nd off a layoff for this late runner and a perfect 3 for 3 at TP. The winner of the John Battaglia has won twice without Lasix and his dam Hush Now has 1 starter and 1 winner to her credit. #7 Tarantino is a stalker from the Rudy Brisset barn with Florent Geroux in the saddle. 3rd off the layoff and should show good early foot from the break. He ships in from GP from the G2 Fountain of Youth and should be forwardly placed when they spring the latch. #10 Gretzky the Great makes his 2nd off the layoff as the beaten chalk in the Battaglia. Mark Casse runners win 24% making the comeback off the beaten chalk angle. Look for speed from the Casse runner with Chris Landeros in the saddle.

Sunday’s Arc de Triomphe Horse-by-horse Analysis

We focus on the chances of each runner for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the feature race on 3 October.  Watch, wager and get instant rewards on the Arc with

Persian King

Winner of the 2019 G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m), Persian King has established himself as one of the leading milers in Europe this season with multiple Group One victories, including the G1 Prix Moulin (1600m) at Longchamp and the G1 Prix d’Ispahan (1600m).  Although breeding on his dam side would suggest stamina should not be an issue, Persian King is stepping out to 2400m for the first time in his career and has to prove his staying ability.

Royal Julius 

An experienced campaigner, Royal Julius has competed across Europe with some success. Highlights from this season include a third in the G3 Grand Prix de Chantilly (2500m) and a second in the G2 Premio Federico Tesio (2000m) at San Siro (Italy). It will be his first attempt in Group One company since 2018.

Way To Paris 

Way To Paris comes to the ‘Arc’ after a career-best season, with a Group One and Group Two victories amongst other black type placings. The seven-year-old achieved a first Group One success in the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud (2400m) in late June and was only beaten three lengths in the G2 Prix Foy (2000m) after a break.


A long-priced winner of the G1 Irish Derby (2400m) during his Classic campaign, Sovereign has been lightly campaigned this season with only three runs. Following a third in the G3 Vintage Crop Stakes at the Curragh, he chased home Enable in the three-runner G1 King George and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2400m). The Galileo colt may appreciate the return to 2400m after a disappointing run in the G1 Irish St Leger (2800m).


Half-brother to Group winners Sir Isaac Newton and MogulJapan has been inconsistent throughout his career. Talented on his best day, the Galileo colt achieved a career best when winning the G1 International Stakes (2100m) at York in August 2019. He’s hit the frame twice this season but would need to bounce back from a disappointing run in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes (2000m).


Champion stayer Stradivarius drops back in trips to have a tilt at Europe’s richest race following another successful season over long distances. A three-time winner of the G1 Ascot Gold Cup (4000m), he was narrowly denied victory in the G2 Prix Foy (2400m) in his trial for the ‘Arc’. Olivier Peslier picks up the ride with regular jockey Frankie Dettori favouring Enable.


2019 G1 Prix du Jockey Club (2100m) winner Sottsass catches the eye as a possible candidate for victory in the ‘Arc’, having placed third behind Waldgeist in the 2019 renewal. Winner of the G1 Prix Ganay (2100m) at Chantilly in June, he will be looking to recapture best form after a below-par effort in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes (2000m).


‘Queen of the Turf’ Enable will be bidding – for the second time – for a historic third victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Second behind Waldgeist in the 2019 renewal, the champion race-mare has enjoyed a straightforward season with victories in the G1 King George and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2400m) and the G3 September Stakes (2400m AW). Her record over 2400m is exceptional and she may prove hard to beat.


Japanese star Deirdre has been campaigned in the UK and Ireland over the last two years winning over two million pounds in prize money. Although her European form falls short of top-level, she demonstrated plenty of ability when scoring in the G1 Nassau Stakes (2000m) in 2019 and can’t be ignored if returning to that level.

Gold Trip 

Trained by Fabrice ChappetGold Trip has been lightly campaigned over the course of the season and caught the eye with a success in the G2 Prix Greffulhe (2200m). Although the colt struggled in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club (2100m), he showed better form when third in the G1 Grand Prix du Paris (2400m) behind Mogul seeming to enjoy the additional stamina test.


One of five three-year-olds in the race, Chachnak looked to be a leading contender for the G1 Prix du Jockey Club (2100m) after a hard-fought success in the G2 Prix du Guiche (1800m). Although disappointing in the Classic itself, Chachnak bounced back to form with a victory in the G3 Prix du Prince d’Orange (2000m) and tries 2400m for the first time.

In Swoop

The least experienced runner in the field, In Swoop has achieved two victories and two placings from four career starts. Winner of the G1 Deutsches Derby (2400m) in July, the German-bred colt produced a big performance to place second behind Mogul in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris (2400m) and continues to improve.


Touted as a likely Epsom Derby winner at the end of his juvenile campaign, Mogul has improved with each run this season and achieved his first Group One victory when scoring comfortably in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris (2400m) at Longchamp in mid-September. The Galileo colt continues to make headway and should not be dismissed with the advantage of a three-year-old weight allowance.


A surprise winner of the G1 Epsom DerbySerpentine was given an enterprising ride by jockey Emmet McNamara to steal the Classic from the front, beating his nearest rival by five and a half lengths. The colt’s only subsequent start came in the Grand Prix de Paris where he finished fourth behind stablemate MogulSerpentine would need to step up again after that below-par performance.


A close fourth behind Fancy Blue in the G1 Prix de Diane (2100m), Raabihah continues to improve with each outing and caught the eye with a useful second against older competition in the G1 Prix Vermeille (2400m). Her age and sex allowance will be helpful against experienced rivals and trainer Jean-Claude Rouget remains confident in her ability.

Horse Racing Oaklawn Park Analysis – April 4th

Horse Racing Pick-4 Analysis –  April 4, 2020

by: Ed Meyer for “Racing’s Best Kept Secret”

Oaklawn Park – Late Pick Four

Race #7 – Alw $61,000 – 6f – 5:03 pm EDT Selections / #6 – Dulce Ride / #3 – Maryanorginger / #9 – Cardamon

#6 Dulce Ride is a daughter of Candy Ride for the Brad Cox barn with Joe Talamo in the saddle. She makes her 2nd start off a layoff where the barn wins 29%, She cuts back in distance from a mile as a beaten favorite. Talamo wins 20% with his early runners and should be right on the pace. #3 Maryanorginger hails from the Jeremiah Englehart barn with David Cohen in the irons. She’s been off for 10 months and ships in from Belmont. Cohen wins 22% with sprinters and she has been working regular clips over the OP surface. Look for a big move around the far turn.

Race #8 – O.C. $80,000 – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 5:38 pm EDT Selections / #1 – Finnick the Fierce / #5 – Answer In / #3 – General Trev

#1 Finnick the Fierce is a son of Dialed In for trainer Rey Hernandez with Martin Garcia aboard. He ships in from FG exiting the G2 Risen Star and G3 Lecomte. He cuts back in distance and will come rolling late. #5 Answer In hails from the Brad Cox barn with Joe Talamo getting the nod. They have been winning 28% as a team and exits the G3 Southwest stakes. He’ll come calling late in the lane. Talamo wins 22% with late closers. #3 General Trev is a son of Constitution who won at first asking for Steve Asmussen and Ricardo Santanna in the driver’s seat. He’s a solid stalk and pounces sort who won his first effort over the track.

Race #9 – $100,000 Purple Martin – 6f – 6:09 pm EDT Selections / #1 – Kimmari / #8 – Frank’s Rockette / #4 – Edgeway

#1 Kimmari has the services of Mike Smith for trainer Wesley Ward. She has bullet works and been off 5 months since the BC Juvenile Turf. She won super impressive at KEE at first asking by 15 commanding lengths. She’ll break sharp and be a handful to catch. #8 Frank’s Rockette comes in for the Bill Mott barn with Martin Garcia aboard. She is 5 for 5 ITM lifetime and makes her second start of 2020. She’ll be forwardly faced and Garcia wins 19% with sprinters. #4 Edgeway goes to post for John Sadler and Tyler Baze in the irons. The barn wins 20% with nongraded stakes and she’ll come out winging looking for the lead.

Race #10 – Mdn Special Weight – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 6:38 pm EDT Selections / #5 – Wild Union / #7 – Copper King / #8 – Mo and Go

#5 Wild Union hails from the Brad Cox barn with Joe Talamo in the driver’s seat. They are winning 28% as a team with some sharp morning works. Talamo has been on fire going 5 for 7 ITM the past few weeks. #7 Copper King is a son of Medaglia d’ Oro for Steve Asmussen and Tyler Baze in the saddle. He was a beaten favorite last out and gets a new rider with Baze in the saddle. The barn scores 25% off the beaten favorite last out angle. #8 Mo and Go Is a son of Uncle Mo for trainer Jeremiah Englehart and David Cohen. This is 2nd off the layoff and the barn scores at a 24% clip on this move. I’m looking for a forward move today shipping in from New York and should be a major pace player.