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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22: PREVIEW

RACE 1
DADDY’S PROFITT comes off of a game win at this level and gets the nod in a well matched opener. BYE BYE BUNTING faded after chasing an impressive front running winner last Wednesday. She is capable of a better performance tonight. EQUULEI fits in here.

RACE 2
MAMA’S FIRECRACKER scored a huge upset last when returning to the Poly for the first time in nearly two years. A repeat of that performance would be good enough to win again with Mojica back aboard for Charlie Lawson. SWEETS N TREATS is capable of running well and could add value to the gimmicks. PURE LEGACY has a solid local record and is a definite threat.

RACE 3
REVOLVER SESSIONS has been off since September but Wesley Ward has excellent numbers with his returning runners and this one looks best on the class drop. GATEWAY TO GOLD is back in against bottom claimers after hooking better in her last two and is the one to beat. GIFT OF FRIENDS rates a chance.

RACE 4
STRUMMING hasn’t won a race in quite a while but drops in against bottom claimers for the first time and appears to be in a good spot to break that losing streak tonight with Jimenez back aboard. MEGA SENNA is an eight year old veteran who has been running evenly at this level and is the one to beat. NO TANKS fits with these but hasn’t raced since December at Hawthorne.

RACE 5
GORGEOUS GEORGE is another runner from the Ward barn who comes off of a long layoff and drops to the bottom. This one posted a bullet work on Valentine’s Day and should be ready to go. BACK BEACH ROAD showed solid improvement in his second race back after a long layoff and is the one to beat. AGGRO CRAG is a contender.

RACE 6
MISS CATWOOD is riding a four race win streak including back to back scores here at Turfway. She has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout and rates the slight edge over RULELIKECLEOPATRA in a close call. RULELIKECLEOPATRA is also very good right now. She moves up in class after being claimed by Doug Danner and figures to be tough from just off the pace. LOST IN SUCCESS needed her last race after a long layoff and should move forward with Jimenez picking up the mount tonight.

RACE 7
TACOMA PARK was fractious in the gate and didn’t break sharply from the inside post last out. A better start could make him a winner as he drops back in for a tag tonight. GAME ON BRO was a bit overmatched last out but ran well to win here two starts back. He cuts back to six furlongs and drops in class for this one and has to be respected. SALTY RIM moves up the ladder after a good looking win and is a solid threat.

RACE 8
FUJITA FIVE ran fourth against better in his first start since October. Danner drops him in class for this one and he has the speed to lead all the way with Leon back aboard. MAIN MAN MIKE was bumped soundly leaving the gate by a horse that stumbled and lost his rider. He had more trouble on the backstretch and figures to run much better tonight. CROOKED COURT has a solid record and is a contender.

RACE 9
BLAME IT ON TEKELA was forced wide turning for home and dropped back to dead last at that point. He rallied to finish fifth and can win this one with a better trip. MARKET RIDE reeled off back to back wins before stopping badly as the favorite last out. He has been off for two months with no published works but his speed makes him dangerous. TIZON could add value to the gimmicks.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23: PREVIEW

RACE 1
KEEPYOURCHINUP looked very good winning his Turfway debut by six lengths back in December. He ran well against a tougher field at Oaklawn last out and rates the edge in a well matched starter allowance race. TIZ SARDONIC JOE was no match for the top pick in that December race but has been a consistent performer who has to be respected at this level. AESOP is in top form for Chip Brownfield and definitely fits in here.

RACE 2
JINGLE ME THIS was no match for a runaway winner last out but was only a couple of lengths behind the runner up. Humphries drops him in for a tag for the first time and he appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden win with Cory Orm back aboard. Something apparently went wrong with FANTASTIC KITTEN last out but he came back with a decent work and drops back in for a tag tonight. ANN’S O’PRADO has only had one race and should improve.

RACE 3
CHEATIN HEART faded after pressing the pace going a mile but will like the cut back in distance tonight. Give her the slight edge with Gilligan back aboard for Bill Denzik. GONNA FIND HER drops in class and makes her second start back after a long layoff. She is definitely the one to beat. SHAREEHA also takes the class drop and fits in here.

RACE 4
SUCCESSFUL BRAT figures to be running at the end in a race with plenty of early speed. She drops to the bottom for the first time and gets the nod with Quinonez back aboard for Jeff Greenhill. HANG ON ANNIE figures to be on or near the lead throughout with Jimenez up. Her best makes her the one to catch. LADY CHANDLER looked good winning last out and has to be respected.

RACE 5
I’LL GIVE YOU WAR has shown steady improvement in all three of his starts since coming back after a fourteen month layoff. Give him the edge for Kobiskie and Orm who teamed up to win two races here on Friday night. BRAD’S WAGER drops a notch in class after pressing the pace last out against slightly better. He is the one to beat. SAYLOR’S STORM is a contender.

RACE 6
BIG BROWN SEVENS comes off of a couple of decent efforts at this level and rates the edge against a fairly weak bunch. FOR THE GLORY had to need his last race after a seven month layoff and figures to move forward off of that effort. CINQUE was overmatched last out but drops to a better level and is a contender.

RACE 7
MR. SENSIBILITY comes off of back to back wins for Ben Colebrook who is having a terrific meet. He figures to be flying at the end and looks like a solid bet to make it three in a row with Quinonez back aboard. DETERMINED BRAEDON stretches out after a couple of sharp efforts sprinting. He looks like the main competition. MALLEABLE is good right now and can’t be dismissed.

RACE 8
SO FANCY is a well-bred daughter of Tapit who brought $500,000 as a yearling back in 2015. She broke her maiden in her first try over the Poly and figures to move forward off of that win. Give her the slight edge with Gilligan up for Ben Colebrook. HANSEN’S GIRL broke her maiden for a tag but has hooked a couple of solid allowance fields in her last two and has the speed to be dangerous with Jimenez back aboard tonight. JENNA J was very impressive breaking her maiden at first asking and a repeat of that one makes her a definite contender.

RACE 9
JAZ N TAP stopped badly in his first race back after a three month layoff but should improve and his best could make him a winner in a weak bottom claimer with Sonny Leon picking up the mount toinght. IRISH NINJA has been idle since October but drops in class for his return with Jimenez aboard. PINETREE PRO has the speed to be dangerous if he handles the Poly.

 

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