Hoosier Park Harness Racing

Hoosier Park Harness Race of the Week for July 17

The 10TH Race at Hoosier Park on Wednesday is a non-winners of four event for fillies and mares that attracted a nice field of 10 chasing a $7,000 purse. The pacing event looks like a great betting race and it kicks off the late Pick 5 (Race 10-through-14) and offers a guaranteed $20,000 trifecta pool.

Don’t forget to get your GAIT INSURANCE before the Race of the Week! Your $5 WIN BET will be refunded if your horse breaks stride and loses the race!

HELEN’S GIRL (#10) (12-1) was assigned a tough starting post but shows improving form and must be considered a serious contender in the affair. The three-year-old daughter of Straight Shooting got off to a slow start in 2019 in her first three assignments, but the Florida-bred has turned things around in a big way since. Trained by Wiliam Crone, the bay was a smart winner two prior and finished a creditable third with similar last time out. Trace Tetrick will drive the upset chance.

ROCK FLUSH (#6) (3-1) brings top form to the field with consecutive wins to her credit and the Rockin Image filly possesses big speed. She uses her main weapon to put away foes away early and the sophomore has recorded all but one of her wins on this oval. Sam Widger will be in the bike.

THAT’S A BINGO (#4) (9-2) made two moves when second-best in a similar spot recently. The Alvin Miller trainee sped to the front early, relaxed in third to the top of the stretch and came again under the wire, posting a :28 ⅖ final quarter-mile. Sophomore filly by Shadyshark Hanover has won or placed in four straight, and the Indiana-bred is a must use with Peter Wrenn in the sulky.

Sneaky contender SKYWAY ATHENA (#5) (6-1) was a nine-time winner in 2018 who might be coming back into form. The Don Eash charge has placed in two of her last three, and the move to put Lewayne Miller in the controls last time was a wise one. Four-year-old daughter of Rockin Image showed a nice turn or foot three back when rallying into a swift pace and could sit a similar trip against this field today.

(c) Photo courtesy of Jamie Linscott/Hoosier Park

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How to Bet the 2019 Delaware Handicap

The top-two finishers from the recent Fleur de Lis Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs – Elate and Blue Prize – top a field of nine in Saturday’s lucrative $750,000 Delaware Handicap (G2). The 1 1/4-mile affair attracted some nice fillies and mares, but the race will go through this accomplished duo.

ANOTHER BROAD (#1) (10-1) – Obeah Stakes third draws the rail for trainer Todd Pletcher and will appreciate the added distance in this spot. The Include filly is a cut below the top guns in the affair, but she will save ground throughout beneath jockey Jorge Vergas Jr. The bay is four-for-five on a wet surface, so she moves forward with any moisture on the ground.

GOTHAM GALA (#2) (8-1) – The improving sort was a clear winner of the Obeah most recently in just her second two-turn race on the main oval. The Arnaud Delacour charge is getting good right now and distance shouldn’t pose a problem for the Smart Strike filly. Daniel Centeno rides.

ESCAPE CLAUSE (#3) (5-1) – This speedy sort missed by a nose in the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) two prior to prove her class. The Grade-3 winning Manitoba-bred mare might be the one to catch from this post beneath Tyler Baze if the horse to her inside doesn’t break swiftly.

QUEEN NEKIA (#4) (20-1) – Anthony Pecoraro trainee is ambitiously placed following a runner-up finish in a second-level allowance tilt at Laurel Park. The Harlington filly would be a huge shocker.

PROMISE OF SPRING (#5) (12-1) – Steve Margolis trainee has placed in a pair of Grade 3 events this campaign, and the chestnut might appreciate the added ground of this affair. The Kentucky-bred will have to get faster in a hurry to challenge for the top prize in this field, however, but she can pick up a piece late.

BLUE PRIZE (#6) (7-2) – Classy mare from the Ignacio Correas IV barn has superb form coming in for her third run of the season. The Argentine-bred daughter of Pure Prize was a strong second in the Fleur de Lis most recently, and she has been first or second in a fantastic 15 of 19 lifetime performances. Joe Bravo will guide the six-year-old.

ELATE (#7) (7-5) – Bill Mott trainee is the defending champion in the field coming off one of her better performances at Churchill Downs last out. The Medaglia d’Oro mare is two-for-two on this course and is tailor made for the 1 1/4-mile distance. Regular rider Jose Ortiz comes along to guide the robust mare.

VENTE TO GO (#8) (20-1) – Obeah fifth was all out to beat allowance foes going one mile here two races back. The El Padrino filly has never faced this kind and looks to be overmatched.

GOODONEHONEY (#9) (10-1) – Great Notion filly was runner-up in the Obeah and she has flashed nice potential more than one occasion. The Michael Moore trainee was done no favors drawing widest of all in the affair, and she will need marked improvement to be in the mix inside the final furlong here.

ANALYSIS

Gotham Gala and Escape Clause are the inside speed players, and they will be closely watched by Goodonehoney from the outside. The tempo will be moderate and the majority of the field will be within a few lengths of each other along the back side.

I expect Blue Prize and Joe Bravo to get the jump on favored Elate, setting up a thrilling duel inside the final furlong.

WAGER

$30 Exacta 6 with 7 = $30
$1 Superfecta 6, 7 with 6, 7 with 1, 2, 5 with all = $36

PHOTO: Elate (c) Coady Photography/Churchill Downs

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How to Bet the 2019 Ontario Matron Stakes

A well-matched field of 11 fillies and mares headline the Saturday feature at Woodbine in the $125,000 Ontario Matron Stakes (G3). The 1 1/16-mile contest on the Tapeta features a slew of contenders in what appears to be an excellent betting affair.

CRUMLIN QUEEN (#1) (20-1) – Michael Doyle trainee adds blinkers following a runner-up allowance finish in her second start of 2019. The five-year-old mare could sneak into the gimmicks if she moves forward with the equipment change.

LUNAR GARDEN (#2) (15-1) – Speedy sort had a decent prep for this one when fifth in the Trillium Stakes (G3) last out over track and distance. The Stuart Simon charge smoked a bullet five-eighths most recently and will be a pace factor under Rafael Hernandez.

MISS MO MENTUM (#3) (7-2) – Lively contender from the Mark Casse barn was sharp in pulling clear late in her Trillium victory. The Uncle Mo filly will be coming from off the pace under Jerome Lermyte, and she rates an obvious chance with even minor improvement.

GIOVANNA BLUES (#4) (20-1) – Sneaky contender is two-for-four on the Tapeta and earned a 103 BRIS Late Pace figure when a closing fifth in her debut for this outfit. The Gio Ponti mare could pick up a check at big odds with a forward move second time out in 2019.

LADIES NIGHT (#5) (20-1) – Inconsistent sort was no factor against many of these last out and has the look of a long shot in the affair. The Gail Cox trainee would need a career-best to make the frame.

SENSE OF BRAVERY (#6) (8-1) – Wildcard in the field makes her synthetic debut in a difficult assignment for Kevin Attard. The Street Sense filly had a solid three-year-old campaign and will be bringing speed to the field off the shelf. Jesse Campbell has the mount.

NIIGON’S BAY (#7) (6-1) – Chestnut is perfect from two races this campaign, with both coming on this main strip. The Rachel Halden trainee should receive a strong pace to rally into with Patrick Husbands signed on.

KATIE BABY (#8) (5-2) – Catherine Day-Phillips pupil has never run a bad one and was second-best in the Hendrie (G3) in advance of this test. The talented daughter of Curlin is a must use as the deserving favorite under top pilot Eurico Da Silva.

SUMMER LUCK (#9) (10-1) – Mark Casse trainee has a solid turn of foot and will improve following an unplaced showing when wide throughout in the Trillium. The Lookin at Lucky mare might add value to the gimmicks with a well-timed ride.

PAMINA (#10) (15-1) – Street Cry lass from the always dangerous Michael Dickinson barn bagged a turf allowance race in her seasonal debut. The four-year-old earned a 105 BRIS Late Pace figure in her lone prior outing on the course and could be moving best of all inside the final furlong. Luis Contreras will guide the BRIS Prime Power leader at a healthy price.

DIXIE MOON (#11) (5-1) – Classy Curlin filly was shut off when third in the Trillium in a most recent endeavor. The second major player from the Day-Phillips barn could peak third time off the layoff with Emma-Jayne Wilson picking up the mount.

ANALYSIS

Lunar Garden, Ladies Night and Sense of Bravery all have sharp gate presence. Katie Baby and Dixie Moon will track that trio and get first run into the stretch on the slew of late runners in the field.

I will center my wagers around that duo, focusing on the vertical exotics which could be substantial.

WAGER

$1 Trifecta 8, 11 with 1, 2, 6, 8, 10, 11 with all = $90

PHOTO: Miss Mo Mentum (c) WEG/Michael Burns Photography

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Game Winner returns in Los Alamitos Derby

Champion Game Winner will commence his second half of 2019 when leading a miniscule field of four postward in the $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby (G3) on Saturday afternoon. The standout sophomore was last seen finishing 3 3/4 lengths back when elevated to fifth in the Kentucky Derby (G1), and he is an imposing 1-5 favorite for this assignment.

Trained by Bob Baffert, the bay son of Candy Ride was perfect during his juvenile campaign and capped his brilliant season with a tally in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs. While winless from a trio of runs at three, the accomplished bay has run creditably in each of his 2019 assignments.

A close second in both the Rebel Stakes (G2) and Santa Anita Derby (G1), Game Winner was especially wide every step of the way in the Run for the Roses but still gave a good account of himself with his respectable result.

The sophomore division is currently wide-open with no three-year-old taking command at this juncture. Game Winner, with a big second half of the season, could make a case for championship honors at year’s end. And it all starts on Saturday.

His Los Alamitos Derby foes have combined for exactly one stakes win, compared to three Grade 1 tallies for the favorite. Game Winner is expected to roll over his foes and make his way to the Travers Stakes (G1) on August 24 at Saratoga. Anything but a handy win on Saturday will be viewed as a negative for the Baffert pupil.

Game Winner will be equipped with blinkers for the initial time on Saturday, and judging by his string of swift morning drills as of late, the colt will take to the experiment just fine.

If Game Winner does what is expected to do in the Los Alamitos Derby, his next assignment will go a long way in telling us if he is the superstar that raced as a two-year-old, or if the colt is simply a high-class talent that hasn’t separated himself from his fellow sophomores in 2019.

But, if Game Winner struggles on Saturday the answer might be obvious, and the planned trip to The Spa might not come to fruition, anyway.

While the Los Alamitos Derby looks like a public workout on paper for the champion, there is much more at stake for him going forward. This is the race that will lay the foundation for the second half of the season.

PHOTO: Game Winner winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs on November 2, 2018 (c) Coady Photography/Churchill Downs

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Arlington Park stakes plays for Saturday, July 13

Four stakes races highlight an excellent nine-race card at Arlington Park on Saturday. A trio of graded events top Arlington Million Preview Day, and I have some horses of interest with attractive prices attached to them in the featured contests.

RACE 7 – Arlington Handicap (G3)

EL PICARO (#5) (9-2) is a multiple Group 1 victor on the turf who will make his second run since importing from South America. The Lookin at Lucky colt had a decent tightener at Churchill Downs in the Wise Dan Stakes (G2) and figures to show big improvement with more ground to work with on Saturday for trainer Ignacio Correas IV. The move to leading local pilot Jose Valdivia Jr. was a smart one, as well.

RACE 8 – American Derby (G3)

A baker’s dozen of sophomores will vie in a well-matched field going 1 1/16 grassy miles. The Steve Asmussen-trained WAR FILM (#2) (12-1) might finally receive the swift and contested pace that aids his robust late kick. The son of the hot Declaration of War comes in fresh with good morning drills, and the colt out of the classy Film Maker lands in a field with a good measure of early speed. The three-year-old also gets a rider change to Miguel Mena.

RACE 6 – Modesty Handicap (G3)

Fillies and mares will compete on the lawn going 1 3/16 miles in a solid cast. Juddmonte homebred JULIET FOXTROT (#2) (3-1) is perfect from a pair of runs since coming to the United States and seems poised to make it three in a row on Saturday. Trained by Brad Cox, the bay was super impressive at Churchill Downs last time in a powerful allowance score when she relaxed early and flew home late. Her tactical speed should allow jockey Florent Geroux to get first run turning for home.

RACE 5 – Hatoof Stakes

Three-year-old fillies will vie in this 1 1/16-mile turf affair with nine going postward. Mike Maker’s BE NIMBLE (#3) (10-1) could be dangerous at a healthy price while making her stakes debut. The daughter of rising turf sire The Factor was a close fourth at Keeneland last time in a key race where multiple foes came back to win next out, including race winner Desert Ride, who bagged the Woodbine Oaks. Be Nimble could sit a perfect trip in the stretch with local leader Jose Valdivia Jr. inheriting the mount.

Good luck!

PHOTO: War Film (c) Coady Photography/Keeneland

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Indiana Grand stakes plays for Saturday, July 13

A total of six stakes races with combined purses exceeding $1 million headline a huge day of racing at Indiana Grand. I tabbed a few contenders who look to be worth a play in the very competitive events.

RACE 9 – Indiana Derby (G3)

The headliner attracted 11 and the horses to beat drew widest in the field. With very little early speed toward the inside of the race, I will give ALWAYSMINING (#6) (8-1) a chance to return to his winning ways. Five-time stakes victor tired when chasing swift fractions in the Preakness (G1) two prior, and he hung around through the finish going a one-turn route in the Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont Park most recently when third. The Kelly Rubley charge has a chance to lead this field early and perhaps steal it under jockey Julian Pimentel.

RACE 8 – Indiana Oaks (G3)

Deep edition of this race attracts an overflow field of 14 for the 1 1/16-mile affair. I am not sure that SUNDAYSATTHBEACH (#4) (8-1) can beat the whole cast in her stakes debut, but I do like the way the Brendan Walsh trainee is progressing in preparation of the affair. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro has earned BRIS Late Pace figures of 101 and 106 in her two most recent showings, and if things fall into place, she could be a late presence in this spot at a price that will drift up higher than the morning-line number.

RACE 6 – Warrior Veterans Stakes

Nine will travel 1 1/16 miles on the green in a very talented field for the level. DOT MATRIX (#8) (4-1) was a convincing winner of the race in 2018 and, judging by his latest, looms large in hopes of defending his title. The Brad Cox pupil went last-to-first with a rush in his seasonal bow at Churchill Downs over a decent field last out. The New York-bred son of Freud should get an honest pace to rally into with Shaun Bridgmohan on board.

RACE 5 – Mari Hulman George Memorial

A field of 10 fillies and mares will go 1 1/16 miles in this affair. I have a liking for SHE’S PRETTY LUCKY (#4) (8-1) in her return to the dirt. The Eddie Kenneally charge is four-for-six on a fast surface and has the ability to give the top guns in the cast a serious run with her top performance. The Lookin at Lucky four-year-old has a hint of class and should be fit and ready with Declan Cannon aboard.

PHOTO: Alwaysmining (c) Maggie Kimmitt/Maryland Jockey Club

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Saratoga juvenile season kicks off with Schuylerville on opening day

The opening of Saratoga on Thursday highlights many of the best things about our sport, including outstanding two-year-old racing. No meeting across the nation showcases the stars of tomorrow more than ‘The Spa’ does, and they take little time in putting some fine prospects on display.

Nine juvenile fillies will go six furlongs on the dirt in the $150,000 Schuylerville (G3), and the exciting race looks to have multiple talented youngsters in the cast.

Trainer Doug O’Neill has a pair of entrants that posted robust 97 BRIS Speed figures on debut — SHIPPY and COMICAL. The former left little doubt as to why she was 2-5 at first asking at Laurel in her unveiling for then-conditioner Timothy Kreiser. The daughter of Midshipman blitzed her foes by 10 widening lengths and came back with a solid half-mile drill at Belmont in the interim.

Comical debuted at Santa Anita on May 26 and was much the best en route to a six-length romp. The Into Mischief filly also posted a healthy four-furlong move at Belmont, and she will get Javier Castellano to ride.

Todd Pletcher has made it a habit of dominating the baby races at Saratoga in recent history, including saddling six winners of the Schuylerville. He will send out a pair in the 2019 edition led by KISS THE GIRL. By Into Mischief, the $210,000 yearling purchase was a facile winner at first asking at Belmont Park and figures to improve with one under her belt. She will have John Velazquez, who has piloted five winners of this race, in the silks.

AURELIA GARLAND is from the first crop of Grade-1 winner Constitution for trainer Wesley Ward. The $185,000 yearling buy looks like a bargain purchase following her five-length waltz at Belmont in her debut performance. The chestnut retains the services of Joe Bravo.

HIS GLORY will have to prove herself at this level, but she was visually impressive in a powerful debut score at Indiana Grand. Tom Amoss trainee is closely related to champion juvenile Classic Empire and looks like an interesting prospect.

The Gary Contessa-trained BUXOM BEAST will make her debut in this salty affair, and the daughter of freshman sire The Big Beast is bred to be a good one. She is a half-sister to millionaire Gourmet Dinner and descends from the same female line as champion female sprinter Musical Romance, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) victor Battle of Midway, and 2018 Cigar Mile (G1) hero Patternrecognition.

Any number of the fillies entered in the field could go on to do great things. Hall of Fame members La Prevoyante, Cicada, and Ashado, as well as champions Meadow Star and Sacahuista, are some of the notable past heroines of the affair. And it is possible that the 2019 Schuylerville will produce yet another future superstar.

Happy opening day!

 

(c) Adam Coglianese Photography

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Hoosier Park Harness Racing

Hoosier Park Harness Race of the Week for July 3

The 4th Race at Hoosier Park on Wednesday is a non-winners of four/optional claiming event for pacers. The one-mile endeavor features a $7,000 purse and looks to be a most competitive assignment for the nine fillies and mares that are entered.

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MJ’S REFLECTION (#9) (6-1) shows excellent current form and has displayed her versatility from a pair of wins in succession leading up to this test. The three-year-old daughter of Rockin Image led throughout in a facile tally two back, which preceded a late-running victory when she had just one horse beaten in early stretch. Indiana-bred has posted 27-and-change closing quarters in two straight and she will be moving best in the lane with Luke Plano in the sulky.

THAT’S A BINGO (#6) (7-2) could be the one to beat for trainer Alvin Miller. The Shadyshark Hanover filly has made the frame in a trio of races in succession, including a nice tally two races prior against a bit better. Third in a swiftly run race last week, the speedy filly gets off as well as any in the cast and should be first or second in the early stages with Ricky Macoumber in the bike.

QUEENS N TENS (#3) (4-1) finally receives a favorable post slot after being hung wide in each of her four assignments in 2019. Four-year-old Indiana-bred has been facing much better at Scioto Downs of late, and she could pop a big one in this affair with the class drop and venue change. Michael Oosting will drive the brown lass and the mare will be closer to the early action than she has been in her recent performances.

KAK’S ROCKIN (#4) (5-2) was just fourth most recently, but the Jeff Cullipher pupil finished runner-up three back and was a going-away winner two prior. Rockin Image three-year-old lacks consistency but has proven on more than one occasion that she could be up to the task with her best. Sam Widger will guide the Indiana-bred, who will be rallying from well off the pace in this event. Kak’s Rockin might be overbet, but she still merits a winning chance for top connections.

 

(c) Jamie Linscott/Hoosier Park

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How to Bet the 2019 Bashford Manor Stakes

A field of 10 two-year-olds will go six furlongs on the Churchill Downs dirt in Saturday’s $125,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (G3). Half of the well-matched field was victorious last time out with a pair of most impressive winners among those.

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PHANTOM BOSS (#1) (9-5) — Shackleford colt has run a pair of nice ones at the maiden level and makes his stakes debut in this spot. Jorge Periban trainee was a head shy on debut to a runner who dominated the Tremont Stakes in his subsequent performance. Likely one to beat will have Rafael Bejarano in the silks.

SNELL YEAH (#2) (8-1) — John Ennis trainee will aim to break his maiden in a graded race today. Kentucky-bred was a clear second to a nice one in the slop on this surface most recently, and he deserves a chance with a forward move against this cast. Gabriel Saez picks up the potentially live mount.

ALEC AND ARTHUR (#3) (8-1)Stakes-placed son of Successful Appeal hasn’t done much wrong from a trio of lifetime runs, two of which resulted in victories. May foal prepped for this with a facile allowance win on the course and smoked a bullet half-mile in the interim. Colt is very logical with Tyler Gaffalione on board.

ROOKIE SALSA (#4) (5-1) — Kentucky Juvenile Stakes star finished third in the Tremont Stakes most recently and returns to the Bluegrass State for this assignment. Two Step Salsa colt was a winner in his lone local appearance and has to be given a winning chance beneath Angel Suarez.

FINNICK THE FIERCE (#5) (30-1) — Second timer was a resilient winner on debut at Indiana Grand and has some appeal at a price. Chestnut son of Dialed In will be forwardly placed in the early stages with Abel Lezcano retaining the mount.

SILENT MALICE (#6) (20-1) — Maiden returns in just six days following a third-place maiden run at Churchill Downs on Sunday. Interesting sort was never going to win last time, but he did show great interest late once getting a clear run. Chris Landeros will guide the exotics contender.

JAMMING CAMERON (#7) (30-1) — Longshot was outrun with allowance foes in his Churchill Downs debut most recently. Maiden winner will need marked improvement to challenge this field in the stretch.

VERB (#8) (9-2) — Keith Desormeaux trainee has put in a pair of solid third-place finishes from two races to date. $65,000 Dialed In colt could put it all together in his third lifetime assignment. James Graham gets off of another contender to pilot the Kentucky-bred.

TWO LAST WORDS (#9) (15-1) — Bay gelding from the Tim Glyshaw barn led throughout in an off-the-turf race at Indiana Grand on debut. The second timer faces a tall task in this event, but he could be in the mix from the start in a field lacking an abundance of pace. Corey Lanerie takes the call.

ROWDY YATES (#10) (7-2) — Superb first out winner draws widest as a major contender for conditioner Steve Asmussen. $42,000 son of Morning Line was geared down late in his maiden romp and should have clear sailing throughout from this slot. Oklahoma-bred will always be forcing the pace under Ricardo Santana Jr..

ANALYSIS

Phantom Boss will be sent from the rail, and he will likely have company on his outside from Alec and Arthur, Two Last Words and Rowdy Yates.

Verb and Rookie Salsa will be in the next flight hoping to pounce at the head of the stretch, while Silent Malice will aim to run them all down late.

WAGER

$20 Win #1 = $20
$1 Trifecta Part Wheel: 1,10 with 1,8,10 with 1,4,5,6,8,10 = $16

PHOTO: Phantom Boss (c) Benoit Photos

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How to Bet the 2019 Debutante Stakes

A field of nine will vie in Saturday’s $125,000 Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs. The six-furlong affair for sophomore fillies is led by excellent maiden winners Magic Dance and Indy Take Charge, both of whom graduated beneath the Twin Spires.

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SECRETLY WICKED (#1) (8-1) — Wicked Strong filly won on debut but has been unplaced in two subsequent outings for Jack Hancock. Chestnut finished behind a few of these in a local allowance, and she will need a big step forward to make an impact in this field.

INDY TAKES CHARGE (#2) (3-1) — Dark bay filly was very sharp at first asking in posting a 3 1/4-length tally at Churchill Downs. April foal signaled her readiness for her stakes debut by zipping a bullet three-eighths locally. Chris Landeros has the return assignment.

MEGAN MARIE (#3) (10-1) — California-bred has improved with each lifetime start in preparation of her stakes bow. Jonathan Nance pupil rallied from off the pace to be runner-up in a local allowance against the boys most recently on this course. Filly could make the frame late at a price.

STREET FLYER (#4) (12-1) — Street Sense filly finished third after chasing the pace in a recent run on the oval. James Chapman charge has shown steady improvement and rates a top-three chance with another step forward. Tyler Baze will be in the silks.

MY GOOD GIRL (#5) (10-1) — Bay daughter of Danza was tons the best breaking her maiden at Indiana Grand but faces a tall task in her first with winners. Marco Castaneda pupil fired a bullet half-mile last out and could be a pace factor with a clean break.

CHOLULA LIPS (#6) (7-2) — Golden State invader led throughout in a convincing debut tally at Santa Anita. Empire Way filly adds blinkers off the score and could be any kind in a field with some question marks. Rafael Bejarano will be in the stirrups.

MAGIC DANCE (#7) (8-5) – Steve Asmussen pupil was super impressive in her maiden romp and is surely the one to beat second time out. Daughter of More Than Ready draws well and has trained forwardly following her first-out triumph. The Three Chimneys homebred gets a rider change to Ricardo Santana Jr.

LADY GEORGE (#8) (10-1) — Call Me George filly broke her maiden with claiming foes at Pimlico and lands in a demanding spot today. April foal is training well, however, and she entices Florent Geroux to take the assignment.

LADY GLAMOUR (#9) (15-1) — Discreet Cat filly rallied for a debut win on the oval against maiden claiming foes. Kentucky-bred comes in fresh with the addition of blinkers while taking a big class hike. James Graham has the call atop the second timer.

ANALYSIS

Cholula Lips brings her West Coast speed to the field and will clear them early on with a clean break. Secretly Wicked, Street Flyer and Magic Dance will likely take up the next flight, with Indy Takes Charge rating in behind that trio.

WAGER

$1 Superfecta Part Wheel 7 with 1,2,4,6 with 1,2,4,6 with all = $72

PHOTO: Magic Dance (c) Coady Photography/Churchill Downs

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