Bret Battaglia's Picks‚Äč

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11: Preview

Race 1
TIZ A DIXIE DANCER comes in off a close second place finish and is the choice to pick up the maiden win here. KNIGHT OF VALOR makes his first start since June of 2014 when he showed some decent form on the turf in New York and Florida. A return to that form would make him a contender again tonight. BUD’S BAYONET ran a nice second at long odds, finishing ahead of the top pick last time out in his first attempt over the track.

Race 2
SPECIAL DIAMOND shows two seconds and a third from her last three starts and looks best here. PEW didn’t show much last time out, but drops in class and should like the move back around two turns. MOJA NAGRODA looks capable of running well here.

Race 3
DAVE GOT EVEN showed a great deal of improvement last time out, making his second start over the track and back from a long layoff. He shows a nice work over the Keeneland training track since that one as well. Give him the edge against a short, but well matched field. ZAMBIAN moves back around two turns after a win and a third place finish in his last two starts over the track and looks like a contender with Jimenez picking up the mount. HOLD MY PURSE comes in off a nice maiden win and definitely looks capable of running well here.

Race 4
TODAYMAYBETHEDAY ran a decent race last time out coming back from the layoff. He should move forward off of that one and he is the choice to pick up the maiden win here. SMACKIN THE HAMMER didn’t show much in his first attempt over the track, but drops all the way to this bottom level tonight and he looks like a contender here. BLUE RANGER makes his first start since moving to Jordan’s barn and is a threat.

Race 5
MISS DEE’S TIARA has won two in a row over the track coming into this one. She has the speed to be well placed throughout and should be able to handle the move back up in class. CASH DANCE was beaten as the favorite last time out, but didn’t run poorly in that one. She won over the track here at Turfway before that and looks like the one to beat again tonight with Jimenez back in the irons. GIVEMHAYLEGAYLE has run well in each of her last three starts over the track and is a definite contender here.

Race 6
CALLANS CANDY drops all the way to this bottom level after a disappointing effort in his first start over the track and looks like he’s in a good spot to pick up the maiden win here. BROADWAYDANNIEROSE figures to move forward in his second start back from the layoff and is a threat. AWESOME KIAWAH showed a great deal of improvement on the move to the Polytrack, finishing second at this level in his last start.

Race 7
BONNIE BLUE EYES comes in off a nice win against similar and looks best in a wide-open field. MONGOL VOICE also comes in off a win and would be no surprise here. SWEET EXCURSION faded badly last time out, but drops in class and should move forward tonight.

Race 8
HEROICALLY has been improving steadily moving to Turfway back in December after a long layoff. He beat a solid field at decent odds last time out, give him a slight edge against another well-matched field. TRICE UP was a close second at this same level last time out and would be no surprise here. CANDY CHANT shows a win and a third from his last two starts over the track and will be running at the end again tonight.

Race 9
CALL ME ANNA was a close second as the favorite last time out on the drop in class and is the choice for the win here. MY BIRTHDAY GIRL ran a game second coming back from a long layoff in her last start. Any improvement off of that one could make her tough here. DANCING VISION was a beaten favorite in her last start, but is capable of better.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12: Preview

Race 1
CRITICAL SUMMER shows two solid efforts at this same level in his last two starts and is the choice to pick up the maiden win here. SAGE MASTER looks like the one to beat on the move back down to this level. WALKERS SENTRY ran a decent race at first asking and should move forward off of that one.

Race 2
GRACEE GOO shows a few even efforts against tougher recently and will be tough to beat here on the move down to this bottom level for the first time. TWITTERVERSE shows two solid races against similar in his last two starts and is a contender. RUNAWAY LIZ just missed last time out and has to be considered.

Race 3
RULELIKECLEOPATRA comes in off an even effort against allowance company and looked very sharp, drawing off to win be eight at this level before that one. A repeat of that would make her tough to beat again tonight with Doyle back in the irons. LUSTY GIT YER GUN comes in off a nice win and looks like the main candidate to spring the upset. POMMETTE is winless in six starts over this surface, but beat the top pick on the dirt over the summer.

Race 4
OCTOBER SONG ran a solid race last time out after having been off since July. She figures to improve off of that one and has won over the track in the past, give her a slight edge here. SPEND AND SPREE moves back around two turns after a few even efforts and definitely looks capable of running well here. LADY MONAVI is inconsistent, but ran second at long odds at this level last time and could add some value to the gimmicks again tonight.

Race 5
BETWEENHEREANDCOOL has looked very sharp winning three in a row here at Turfway since being claimed. Anything close to his best should make him a winner again tonight. KIAWAH’S WARRIOR hasn’t won in three career starts over the track, but showed some good form over the summer on the grass at Ellis and has the speed to be dangerous here. TACOMA PARK was second behind the top pick last time out.

Race 6
FALINA’S SONG didn’t fire as the favorite at Mahoning last time out, but moves back down in class and could be tough here if she takes to the Polytrack. BOTTLE WALK has been off since August when she was well beaten at Saratoga. She’s been training well here at Turfway since that one for Ward and will be tough here with Jimenez picking up the mount. MERCER SLOUGH drops in for a tag for the first time and has to be considered.

Race 7
COOPER’S KEEPER has won three in a row here at Turfway coming into this one and is the choice for the win against a short, but well-matched field. LIMERICK LADY won against tougher a few starts back and looks like the one to beat on the drop in class. DISCREET KISS ran a nice second coming back from a long layoff in her last start and definitely looks capable of running well here.

Race 8
KEEPING IT REAL comes in off a nice maiden win over the track and looks best here. NO SMALL REWARDS was third at this level two starts back and is a threat. DISPUTED FACT should like the move back to sprinting tonight.

Race 9
PEPPER ROANI looked very sharp winning here at Turfway on New Year’s eve after having been off since April. He shows three nice works over the track for Maker since that one, give him the edge against a tough field. BATTEN THE HATCHES moves back around two turns after a game second place finish in the Forego in his last start. He won impressively against a solid field here at Turfway before that one and looks like the one to beat here. KEG PARTY another Maker runner, has been beaten as the favorite in each of his last two starts over the track, but didn’t run poorly in either of those. He gets in light with Gallardo tonight and could be dangerous here.

Race 10
CAUSE I’M ALEX moves back down in class after a nice win last time out and is the choice for the win here. J.T.’S HEAT has won two in a row coming into this one and will be tough to handle again tonight. FIRST RODEO didn’t fire as the favorite last time out, but is capable of better.

 

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