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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
We’re heading back to the Spa on this Wednesday afternoon, on the 29th day of the 40-day racing season. As usual, there’s ten races, with a steeplechase event to kick things off. Today’s feature race is almost as long: it’s the 1 5/8 miles John’s Call Stakes.
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Travers week is officially kicking off with a 10 race Wednesday card. There are only 12 days of racing so hopefully you can make it a winning one.
Race 1- Moscato(#8), My Afleet(#6), Wigwam Baby(#1)
Race 2- Destin(#5), Donegal Moon(#1), Flashy Jewel(#3)
It is good to see Destin back on the race track because he was one of the better 3 year olds last year in my opinion. He also is going to be stalking the only pacesetter in the race Flashy Jewel who will be loose however isn’t as good as the top 2 in this one. Donegal Moon is coming off of back to back okay races against graded competition. This is a much better spot for him.
Race 3- Devine Entry(#9), Street Copper(#8), Majestic Dunhill(#4)
Devine Entry has a bullet work out and has red hot Jose riding so I give this one a slight edge. Street Copper ran his best race 2 back on the turf and this is his spot to run in and at 10-1 is a must use. Majestic Dunhill has done okay running twice and in a weak field has a chance.
Race 4- Cats Halo(#2), Pretty Enuff(#1), Frostie Anne(#4)
Cats Halo won 3 back and 5 back in claiming races. The last 2 races she has been way over his head and now he is back into a logical spot. Pretty Enuff is going from allowances to about as low as you can go. Frostie Anne won 2 back at an allowance level and is dropping into claiming level. I’m against Enduring Erin because she had no excuse last time on a suspicious drop and she ran absolutely horrible.
Race 5- Spectrolite(#6), Consumerconfidence(#4), Liberal Spin(#2)
Spectrolite is going to the front and will try and hang on. There isn’t a ton of pace in the race and I’m expecting a solid performance. Consumerconfidence ran the best race last time but is taking a big step up in class. Liberal spin is 6-0-2-2 at this distance so I will leave underneath.
Race 6- Oiseau De Guerre(#6), Unforseeable(#9), Now In A Drive(#2)
Oiseau De Guerre was a slight favorite last time 1st off the layoff and is eligible to improve 2nd off the layoff. Unforeseeablejumped way up last time when getting to the turf first time and receives Lasix today for the 1st time. Now in a drive has been a consistent runner who can’t seem to get to the winners circle and I’ll just leave underneath.
Race 7- Heavenly Grace(#2), Tapella(#6), Red Curls(#9)
Heavenly Grace has a huge tomlinson for this distance and I’m expecting a big race from this one. Tapella ran really good 1st out and will be competitive in this spot. Red Curls is 30-1 but is better bred for dirt than turf and has okay races on turf. Could be a big price.
Race 8- Infinite Wisdom(#3), Red Rifle(#7), Mr. Singh(#2)
Infinite Wisdom will be on the engine and the last 2 starts have been good. Red Rifle is a very mature horse at the age of 7, his best races are behind him but he does have a chance in here. Mr. Singh is 1-1 at this distance and at 15-1 that’s enough reason to use.
Race 9- Voodoo Song(#6), Zigarch(#9), Nevisian Sky(#8)
The way races are run in NYRA it will be hard to catch Voodoo Song if they try the same tactics as last time. Zigarch showed a lot of closing ability in his 1st start of the year and I see improvement even more from him. Nevisian Sky is a good horse but I will try to beat at 8-5.
Race 10- Mast Step(#13), Souper Colors(#8), I Miss My Father(#4)
This one is wide open, good luck!
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