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Mohawk Thursday evening racing at its best, anywhere on the planet.

7 Ontario Sire Stakes races, Pacing for 2yo's, plus a 2yo Trot - the 2nd Leg for The Define The World Stakes in Race 2.

Wagering is attractive too with a Guaranteed Pick 5 starts in Race 1 and a Guaranteed Pick 4 in Race 4. 20¢ min stakes in all exotics, except the Exacta.

Plus a Super Hi 5 Wager carryover in the last race on the card Race 10.

Weather is brutally hot, even in the early evening.

Mohawk | Post Time 7:30pm | Track Fast

Race 1

White Dancer - 5/1 | Wager: Win
Back at Mohawk after problems scratching at a provincial track, finishing her races off faster each time out has to be respected.

Race 2

Seven And Seven - 9/5 | Wager: Win
Only six runners in this Qualifier for The Define The World. Has fastest time and will come off the pace getting better each race.

Race 3

Richard Hill - 3/1 | Wager: Win
From powerhouse English Owners the Hills gets the rail and knows how to finish 26 sec final panel in last when winning here.

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Let's start this race week off with a stop at Parx Racing. An acceptable Monday card, featuring 10 races. A few horses who are no longer with noteable trainers venture in today; from the likes of Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher. Always interesting to find those trainer changes that takes horses from Santa Anita to places like Parx or Penn National. That's enough banter, now let's get into the card.

Race 1

Kandi With a K - Completely blew the field away last out. Looks to repeat similar today

Stylish Step - Has beaten #5 prior. Has had success at this distance in her 2 previous attempts

Black Queen - This filly can't seem to seal the deal. Looks to be another 'almost'

Bella Lou - Change of jockey hoping for new results. Stretching back out looking for a piece
Race 2

Favor Factor - Has won at this distance at a higher tag at Penn National. Continues to drop.

Water Tower - Not much luck since being claimed. Angled out last out, but still hung on for 3rd

Fiona's Hero - Looked to have it all last time out before giving up and falling to 6th. Better here?

Turn to Travis - Will be looking to close in over potentially tired competitors. Looks good here.
Race 3

Mo Tramp - Uncle Mo colt, so expect a low price here. Great workouts leading into debut.

Mr. Brix - Debuted over slop, should have a clear run here today.

Balayage - War Front colt shipping down from NY. Gets Jersey Joe who's been on a roll.

Red Reddington - Should be a good spot to debut, would keep an eye on his next race.
Race 4

She Loves Leather - Every workout leading up to this debut has been spot on! BOOK IT!

Naughty Nancy - Afleet Alex sired Filly coming in off a year layoff. Looks more than ready!

Wise Heart - Trainer is at 27% for first timers. Could potentially get it here, waiting for next race

Arch Princess - Looks to be a bit outclassed here, look for a drop in class next time out.
Race 5

Gloria Patri - Coming in on 2 month layoff. Ships in from Pimlico, appears ready to run.

Preppy - Previously trained by Pletcher, moves to Maker. Curlin Sired. Need more?

Delay of Game - Bernardini filly who looked game last out.

Tiz Fair - Debuted at Parx in June, taking 3rd. Gets Lasix here for the first time.
Race 6

Goodtimehadbyall - Acosta stops in for this mount. Beat by a nose last time out.

Bartolome - Took 2nd against similar company last month. In for new trainer today.

Son of a General - Drops down in class here, should work as a motivator.

Wellington Wizard - In the money past 2 races, should be competitive here but not sold here.
Race 7

Flower Valley - Necked out last out, should have enough here to seal the deal today.

Anissa - a game 2nd last out, being beaten by just a head (also beat 3rd by a head).

Six Degree - lost to Flower Valley last out. Should be a close one for this filly.

Dixie Spirit - ran well in MD, comes back to Parx where she’s won but was DQ’d prior.
Race 8

Starship Pleasant - Has had success on turf against better competition.

Chesapeake Spring - dropping a bit down for this race. Has raced/beaten better.

Miss Thursday - getting a cutback in distance here after tiring last out. Might be too short here.

Lady Liana - also getting a cutback in distance which should help her out. Has potential.
Race 9

Mr. Romance - 4 2nd place finishes in a row, time for a win here.

Awesome Alex - hasn't had much luck in allowance company, coming in off a win. Has a chance.

Police Escort - Paco Lopez should be able to get this Distorted Humor ridgeling in for a piece.

Purcell - dueled hard last time out, weakened and fell to 4th.
Race 10

True Belief - wired the field last out over at Penn National across a sloppy track.

White Bluff - last time out beat out the likes of True Belief. Broke maiden against better last out.

Quiet Miracle - in the money last 4. Finishes well, but not enough.

Taran Taran - previously trained by Baffert. Takes a massive drop after a 863 day layoff. Risky.
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Roy Steele, International Handicapper, returns to Woodbine Canada for the Sunday afternoon card basking in the glorious sunshine. Two stakes races on the card both for 3yo fillies, one on the Tapeta surface, the other a mile and a quarter on the excellent turf course.

Recommend wagering: Win on top selection each race, then box for Ex and Tri.

Main Track: Fast | Turf: Good to Firm

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Roy Steele, award-winning handicapper, gives the excellent Whitney card at Saratoga the once over.

5 stakes races on the 11 race card featuring the iconic Whitney in Race 10. Lots of value in the card!

Yesterday produced some good priced winners, with more to come today.

It's also the first day of the Olympics, no horse racing, BUT there is an ex-thoroughbred competing. Blackfoot Mystry a 11yo Kentucky bred will be competing in the Equestrian 3 day event. He ran three times as a 3yo then bounced around barns till he was picked up and trained in the 3 day discipline. He eventually made the US team and will go off favourite in the the Steeplechase event one of three disciplines in Brazil.

As for the wagering side, UK bookies are taking wagers on him to win the Gold or Place and Show - Silver and Bronze. Although no exotics available.

Recommend Wagering today, Win on top selection each race then Box for Ex and Tri in each race.

Weather: Sunny temps in high 20's C. Track: Fast, Turf: good to firm.

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Looks to be a great night at Penn National. Let's try to get some winners.

Race 1 - Clm 6250(6.25-6)N4L for 3yo+ going 6f

Scattered Dreams - Looks to make up for drifting out last time out. Keeps Cora

Fast Victory - Writing off last race, this horse should have what it takes to put an effort here today.

Liberty First - had a rough start last out, which threw away the entire race. Hoping for better today

Distant Islands - dropping down in price today, should have a run today. Bet next time out.
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Saratoga - Late Pick 4 - August 6, 2016

Comments from July 30 P4 at SARATOGA, notable winners & money finishers

RACE 8 - ALLOWANCES | 1-3/16 MILES - MELLON TURF

Ray’s The Bar (3-1) showed high promise in first two starts as 2015 juvenile but so far has failed to show added development at 3. Chad 24% in LAY-3 scenario, may come around reuniting with Javier. (WON: $8.60)

Idiosyncratic (6-1) finished well after the fact last time out, his first start since 2014, but was away again since April appearance. Chad 27% effective with 90-days+ layups and Irad a profitable 30% for this barn last two months, winning with 4 of last 11 rides. (2ND, EX: $53)

RACE 9 - Grade 1 VANDERBILT HANDICAP | 3&UP | 6 FURLONGS

A.P. Indian (5-1) comes off consecutive sharp scores going seven-eighths, including G3 Belmont Sprint Championship. Sharp blowout for streaking Delacour barn having career season and Bravo, looking to make it three straight, on board. (WON: $1.40)

Holy Boss (9-2) is effective when patiently handled but has proven inconsistent sort. True North third gets Johnny on the re-ride, loves the Spa and Asmussen has been live at meet thus far; nicely posted. (EX: $58)

RACE 10 - Grade 2 JIM DANDY STAKES | 3YO | 1-1/8 MILES

Laoban (20-1) had fastest recent blowout of 130 peers last week on this surface. Given that, and switch to Jose Ortiz, Guillot appears intent on the lead. Still winless in seven lifetime starts. (WON: $56)

Governor Malibu (9-2) has steadily improving PERs since taking state-bred stakes on Aqueduct Inner this winter. Good-finish Peter Pan runnerup was victimized by tough trip in Belmont. Has worked his way—literally—into this race and gets along well with Joel. (EX: $269.50)

RACE 11 - Maiden Claiming | F&M | 1-16 MILES - INNER TURF

Newcomb (8-1) drops into claimer for the first time for Proctor, a 23% angle, has trained steadily (missing work Jul 19?) at Fair Hill base and picks up Geroux; Looks like live ship-in. (WON: $8.80)

Smile Big (3-1) never has raced this cheaply for Chad, whose dropdowns have been hot and colt at meet thus far. Showed improved early speed when adding blinkers for MTH finale; drop and switch to Irad for logical, formidable early favorite. (EX: $29.40)


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Roy Steele, award-winning Handicapper, looks to enjoy the glorious weather on this Friday afternoon at the Spa - with lots of value on offer in a competative card.

Trainer, Mark Casse, is in fine form, picking up yesterday's stakes race, and has a serious contender in today's G2 stakes in Race 9. All Woodbine connections are having a good meet, with it being just over the border in Canada.

To reap maximum return, I recommend Win on top selection in each race, then box all three selections for Ex and Tri.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!!!!

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Key Bets and Races for Saturday, August 6

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Test Stakes - Race #8 at Saratoga – Approximate Post Time 5:02 PM ET

 

A fairly strong field of eight lines up for this year's Grade 1 Test Stakes, a big race for three year old fillies at seven furlongs. Off the Tracks will be bet heavily off her win last month in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes, which she won leading from start to finish. However, the 97 Equibase Figure earned was sub-par for a grade 1 race and I think she, as well as runner-up Lewis Bay, both have chances to finish second here but can be beaten for the win. Kareena and Lightstream share the bulk of the probability to win. Lightstream beat Kareena handily in their respective debuts in March, at this 7 furlong trip, with the winner earning a true Grade 1 Equibase figure (116) and the runner-up getting a 111 figure. Lightstream won the Beaumont Stakes (also at 7 furlongs) in her next start before winning another stakes on turf, again at 7 furlongs. When asked to go a mile and one-sixteenth in the Mother Goose, she ran evenly the last eighth of a mile when third, but cutting back to seven furlongs appears to be the right move to get Lightstream home in the Test and she's the better win bet of the two fillies, opening at 8/1. Kareena won about as easily as a horse can win in her 2nd start then won the Jersey Girl Stakes in June with a 106 figure, showing maturity in coming from off the pace for the 1st time. Castellano takes over for the red hot McLaughlin barn (7 for 17 at Saratoga through Thursday) and Kareena has every right to get first run on likely pacesetters Kinsley Kisses (adding blinkers) and Paola Queen (forced to go from the rail) and could hold Lightstream safe to the wire.

Bet Lightstream 2 to 1 or more.

Play an exacta box consisting of Lightstream and Kareena.

Play an exacta of Lightstream and Kareena over Lightstream, Kareena, Lewis Bay and Off the Tracks.

Play a trifecta of Lightstream and Kareena over Lightstream, Kareena, Lewis Bay and Off the Tracks over Lightstream, Kareena, Lewis Bay and Off the Tracks.

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Roy Steele, award-winning handicapper, gives his selections for Woodbine on a Holiday Monday in Ontario, Canada.

Yesterday's racing provided an exhibition of class horseracing in the G3 Royal North, by Kiearan McLaughlin's mare Lady Shipman. She took up the lead and never looked back could be said she toyed with the opposition.

We had 4 winners on the card, with a bunch of Exactas, so we're still around the 50% Win rate for the meet.

Another stakes race - a G3, is on hand today. The Seagram Cup in Race 8 with a shipper from Kentucky.

A Euro Style Turf race, starts the day. We have a 66% strike rate in this Clockwise race on the turf.

Weather has been turbulant to say the least back on track with perfect conditions.

Seeded Pick 4 Race 4 20cent Min wagers all exotics.

Post Time: 1:00pm | Tapeta Track: Fast | Turf: Good

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Roy Steele - Horsewhispererusa.com, award-winning handicapper keeps on the trail of winners at Woodbine. I am managing to keep above the 50% mark for winners for this month at Woodbine.

The exotics will start to improve along with the weather. The horses will start to run to form and their full capabilities now it is at long last cooler showers forecasted.

One Stakes race on the card in Race 8 with the Super Mare Lexi Lou taking on all comers she's ready to add to that $1.7 Million in the bank which is about $52 American at the moment.

Quick note Mark Casse Champion trainer has a nice 2yo running in the first at Saratoga. Plus Hall of Famer here and at Saratoga Roger Attfield is taking on the Monster distance horse Flintshire with his charghe Danish Dynaformer at Saratoga with Johnny V aboard in Race 7 Sporting bet if ever.

A Guar. Pick 5 starts in second race 50k.. Pick 4 4th Race 100k Guar. All exotics min 20cent wager except Ex.

Recommend Win top selection then box all three selections each race for Ex and Tri.

Only two Turf races on the card Post Time 1.00pm est. Turf course Good TO Firm Tapeata/Fast.

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Amsterdam Stakes - Race #4 at Saratoga – Approximate Post Time 2:41 PM ET

Mind Your Biscuits added blinkers for his most recent race, on July 4, and the result was a smashing nine length win. Rosario rides back, moving off Ready Dancer, who he just rode to a three length win, which is a big sign of confidence on the part of the jockey and his top agent, Ron Anderson. The colt gets a great outside post and shows a local workout so all signs are GO for posting the mild upset in this race. Its All Relevant adds to our profit potential opening at 12/1. He too ran huge when blinkers were added for the first time, one race before last, and John Velazquez gets on after not having ridden him since January when aboard for an easy eight length win. The colt ran poorly last out but drops from older to just three year olds and he deserves a lot of respect particularly since his connections paid a supplementary entry fee to get him into the race. King Kranz won the non-graded Gold Fever Stakes when last seen on May 6. That race was in the mud and if he can run as well on a dry track he may win again.

Bet Mind Your Biscuits to win at 2 to 1 or more, a TRUE KEY BET on the day. Make a smaller win, or win and place bet, on Its All Relevant at odds of 4 to 1 or more.

Play an exacta box consisting of Mind Your Biscuits, Its All Relevant and King Kranz.

Vanderbilt Stakes - Race #9 at Saratoga – Approximate Post Time 5:40 PM ET

Chublicious, Catalina Red and Delta Bluesman all hail from the very high percentage barn of Jorge Navarro, who has won with 35% of his starters this year and who has won eight graded stakes in 2015 and 2016. Of the trio, Chublicious opens at the highest odds, 12/1, which are out of line with his probability to win considering he has run the two best races of his career in his two most recent races, both stakes wins at this six furlong distance. His two workouts since the wins demonstrate he's holding top form and jockey Gallardo accompanies him from trainer's base at Monmouth. With his stablemate Delta Bluesman likely to sizzle on the early lead, Chublicious may get a made-to-order pace to set up his late kick and win again. Catalina Red and Delta Bluesman are both grade 2 stakes winners this year and can't be counted out as contender for a second, nor can Westchester Stakes winner Anchor Down or Belmont Sprint Stakeswinner A.P. Indian, all who should be used on Daily Double tickets listed below.

Bet Chublicious to win at odds of 3/1 or higher. Consider a second win bet, on Catalina Red at 3 to 1 or higher.

Play Doubles from race 9 to race 10 as follows:

Ticket 1:

Anchor Down, Catalina Red, Delta Bluesman, A.P. Indian, Holy Boss and Chublicious with Governor Malibu

Ticket 2:

Chublicious with ALL SIX horses in race 10

Jim Dandy Stakes - Race #10 at Saratoga – Approximate Post Time 6:18 PM ET

If there was a dictionary definition of "Horrible Trip," then Governor Malibu would be the example. In the Belmont Stakes he got blocked, checked and caught in tight quarters not once, not twice but three times by eventual winner Creator's stablemate Gettysburg (otherwise known as 'He who shall not be named'). Rosario made a couple of mistakes in anticipating what Gettysburg was going to do and suffered for it. Today, Rosario will not make the same mistake, and since Governor Malibu was second before that in the Peter Pan Stakes at this distance and a winner of the Tesio Stakes at this trip before that, he's got all the credentials to win here for our profit, opening at 9 to 2. Destin was incredibly game in the Belmont, opening up late before being run down by Creator on the wire. He wasn't ready for the classic distance of the Derby after a two month layoff but this nine furlong trip should be right up his alley. Creator can't be discounted although as a deep closer in fields of 12 and 13 in his two biggest wins this year he will have to be a lot closer to the pace to win. I'm taking a stand against Mohaymen, off since the Derby so giving away a good deal of recency to the rest and having run two poor races in a row.

Bet Governor Malibu to win at odds of 2 to 1 or higher.

Race #9 at Del Mar – Approximate Post Time 9:10 PM ET (6:10 Pacific Time)

Bronzino is a KEY bet on the day, as both his U.S. turf races were good, first a 3rd place finish in March following 5 months off, beaten a neck for 2nd, and better still his last effort, on 6/19, when 3rd in a race he had no shot it. He was behind a stopping horse at the 1/4 pole, had no room at the 8th pole, and when the jockey let him run he accelerated from 8th to 3rd to make up nearly 3 lengths in no time. He gets a HUGE jockey change to Prat who just needs to get him into the open in the stretch and let him go. Woody's Folly finished well from 7th to 2nd at 7 furlongs on dirt last out after 2 months off and won on the Del Mar turf last fall with a nice off the pace move, so with logical 2nd off the layoff improvement should be in the thick of the action. Royalist finished well for 2nd to similar on the grass when last seen in mid-May under Bejarano, who rides back from the rail and his debut win last February (2015) was strong as he rallied from 6th to get up by a head at a mile first out, no easy task at all. Broken Up won last November around two turns on turf at Golden Gate in straight maiden company then ran badly this winter and sprint at the level BUT when in his first start off the trainer change in June he rallied nicely for 2nd sprinting on turf then ran poorly on dirt. Because that last effort looks bad on paper he may go to post at a price and as I expect him to perk up back on grass he rounds out a quartet to help us profit on exacta wagers.

Bet Bronzino to win at odds of 2 to 1 or more.

Play an exacta box consisting of Bronzino, Woody's Folly, Royalist and Broken Up.

You can get more selections and analysis from Ellis at Equibase.com.

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Roy Steele (Horsewhispererusa.com, award-winning handicapper takes in the Friday card at Woodbine Canada where the weather is hot but bearable with storms in the forecast.

Busy week in Canada the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown at Fort Eire down was raced down the QEW Hwy near Niagra Falls. Top jocks and connections competed from allover North America. Woodbine trainer Caroll and jock Contreras won the $500,000 purse third leg goes in August at Woodbine.

Contreras is on a high riding like a Pony Express rider at the moment has a nice book of rides today.

We have a Euro style race (Clockwise running) in the first race on the turf. The races are now becoming very popular with jocks trainers and the betting public. After some saftey concerns the more the track is raced on the better connections can figure out which horse is suited and how to ride that slingshot bend.

Recommend Win top selection each race then Box for Ex and Tri.

Guar. Pick 4 Race 4 50k plus 20cent min wager on all Exotics except the Exacta.

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Saratoga - Late Pick 4 - July 30, 2016

Comments from July 23 P4 at SARATOGA, notable winners & money finishers

RACE 8 - Allowance Optional Claiming | 1 Mile - INNER TURF

Our Way (6-1): ran well in recent salty spots after being victimized by a series of bad trips dating back to January at GP. Has some tactical speed and pole position with switch to Jose Ortiz indicates switch to close-range tactics. (Win: $22.00)

Tizzarunner (12-1): was a tough trip second in turf debut this winter, a listed stakes, indicative of confidence from Casse shed. Takes meaningful for barn that’s profitable 21% effective with second-time turfers. (Ex: $150.00)

Hockey School (8-1): raced wide following troubled start in last after breaking maiden by open lengths previously over yielding ground. Has five works since his last, switches to Rosario, and bred to improve given today’s two-turn dynamic. (Tri: $1,776)

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Today's Del Mar card features a $22,705 carryover in the Super High 5, as well as a $300,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 Pool. Without further ado, let's get to Del mar where it's Cool As Ever, with selections from Matt's Racing Nations.

Del Mar - July 27, 2016

Race 1 - CLAIMING $16,000 | For Fillies And Mares Three Years Old And Upward | One Mile

Quinnette - 7/2

I Pray - 3/1

Kristinite - 5/2

QUINNETTE prompted the pace three deep then stalked outside a rival on the second turn, re-bid three wide into the stretch to gain the lead, battled outside the winner in deep stretch but could not quite match that one late. I PRAY angled in on the first turn and saved ground off the pace, came out into the stretch, split rivals in deep stretch and picked up the show. KRISTINITE dueled between horses then outside a rival on the second turn, was between foes again into the stretch and weakened.

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Roy Steele. award-winning handicapper, gives the Woodbine evening card the once over. Some really competitive races in store on a warm evening.

Jockey, Luis Contreras. is in fine form. He won the two stakes races, on the Fort Erie card last night, which was live on TV. One race was the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, The Prince of Wales Stakes worth $500,000. Which he won with hands and heels. Moving into tonight's card, he has 5 mounts scheduled.

Carryover of the Super Hi 5 wager in the last race of $20,408 and counting. 50k Guar. Pick 5 in race 2, plus a pick 4 in Race 4 guaranteed at $100k. Plus 20 cent min wagers on all exotics except the Exacta.

Recommend Win on Top selections, then Box for Ex and Tri all three selections each race.

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Roy Steele........  award winning Handicapper takes in
Ten race card at Woodbine on this sunny Sunday Afternoon. Two stakes races on the card ... The Toronto Cup Race 3 and the G2 Nijinsky plus a small carryover in the Super Hi 5 wager in Race 10.
 
Guar. Pick 4 100k starts in Race 4.  Guar. Pick 5 50k starts Race 2.   20 cent min wagers in all exotics except the Exacta.
 
Tapeata Track / Fast     Turf Good / Firm in places
 
Recommend Win top selection  each race then Box for Ex and Tri. 
 Our posotive ROI for July is still in tact ...Plus $ 26.00.
 
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Roy Steele, Award-Winning Handicapper, goes straight back to Woodbine, where we are hitting the numbers. A heat wave is about to surround the track, with some thunderstorms -- nothing we can't handle.

Friday has 9 races, the opener being a Euro Style on the turf - backwards racing or Clockwise over 5 furlongs. These are gradually proving popular, with the field being slingshot off the bend into the short finishing straight. When the stakes races come up, expect huge interest to this way of racing.

Seeded Pick 4 - Race 4 50k. 20 cent wagers on all exotics except the Exacta.

Weather is hot hot hot, just like this handicapper.

Carryover in the Super Hi Five of $6,224.

Recommended wagering: Win on top selection each race, plus box all three selections for Ex and Tri each race.

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Key Bets and Races for Saturday, July 23

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My Dear Stakes - Race #4 at Woodbine – Approximate Post Time 2:27 PM ET

Forest Circle may be a legitimate favorite, opening at 8 to 5, but there's money to be made here with a win, place bet on White Tights, who can also be played as an exacta key (using in both first and second positions) with a few other horses. White Tights set the pace for a half-mile in her debut just three weeks ago at Churchill Downs before settling for second behind a winner who drew off to win by seven lengths. White Tights held second well in that field of nine and is the ONLY horse in the field to have run this six furlong distance, so likely to be much more physically fit in her second career start, and getting a top local jockey in Alan Garcia, looks sure to outrun her high odds. Forest Circle was very impressive when ridden out to a near nine length win in her debut on the all-weather at Arlington so fits here on the all-weather but she may have to sit off the pace from the rail or else go very fast with other "early" speed types. Stormy Perfection showed a lot of maturity when rallying from eighth to win by a neck in her debut at Woodbine.

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Saratoga - Late Pick 4 - July 23, 2016

Comments from July 16 PICK 4 at BELMONT on winners & exacta finishers

RACE 7 - MAIDEN SPECIAL WIEGHT | 2YO Fillies | 6 FURLONGS - INNER TURF

LULL (5-1): racing without Lasix, also by War Front, is uncoupled Clement newcomer, a barn profitable with first-timers on grass. Attracts Franco but three straight gate works the good news and the bad news. (won, $10.20).

ASSCHER (2-1): was totally eliminated by poor start in well-meant debut. Todd 27% with second-timers and Javier takes a return call but pedigree a question mark for us on this surface (2nd, exacta $32.00).

RACE 8 - FORBIDDEN APPLE STAKES | 1 MILE - WIDENER TURF

KING KREESA (7-2): another redoubtable state-bred, is 7-time Belmont grass winner with exacta finishes, including 5 wins, in 14 total starts given these dynamics. Might shake loose as potential loose leader (won, 6.70).

FORCE THE PASS (3-5): was good second behind loose leader and classy miler Obviously in Grade 3 last out and was very willing third in G3 Appleton 4YO debut prior. Big time class relief here and reunites with Johnny; formidable fave. (2nd, exacta 12.00)

RACE 9 - $12, 500 CLAIMING | 3&UP | 1 MILE

POINT HOPE (7-2): blinkers back on for barn that’s recently 4-for-12 in that scenario with two money finishers and switches back to Irad. Barn in slump this meet but class dropper goes for major client; guesswork at short early line odds. (won 16.80)

FINDING CANDY (6-1): is 2-for-13 at the trip and 3-for-30 all other distances, reunites with Castellano, and goes turf to dirt for barn that’s 16% efficient given that dynamic; looks live in this spot. (2nd, exacta 85.00)

RACE 10 - $40,000 MAIDEN CLAIMING | F&M | 7 FURLONGS - WIDENER TURF

SUBTLE LADY (7-2): lost rider in season’s debut when dropping to this level now makes second start for Rice, 22% in LAY-2 scenario, and gets switch to Johnny. (won 8.80)

ELECTRIFIED (5-2): makes first start in over a year dropping into claimer for first time; barn capable with layups but not particularly well known for successful layup runners; underlay on early line. (2nd, exacta 38.60)


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Race 1 - MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT $63,000 | F&M 3yo+ | Six Furlongs

Brainspin - 5/2

Vivacious Beauty - 5/1

Pragmatical - 2/1

Last time out BRAINSPIN was off a step slowly then moved up to duel for the lead outside the winner, pressed the pace outside that foe into and around the turn, raced between horses in upper stretch, weakened in the final furlong but held third. VIVACIOUS BEAUTY dueled three deep on the backstretch and outside a rival on the turn, kicked away leaving the turn, opened up in the stretch but was caught late. PRAGMATICAL stalked outside the three deep to the stretch, took a short lead three wide in mid stretch and weakened late.


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