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FRIDAY, JANUARY 20: PREVIEW

RACE 1
QUE HANSEN just missed at this level last out and looks like a winner at short odds in the opener. MISS FRANK E moves up in class after an impressive maiden score and is definitely the one to beat. MONOGAMY has the speed to be dangerous if she takes to the Poly.

RACE 2
IRISH FILIBUSTER was a beaten favorite when dropped to this level last out but looks like a good bet to make it back to back wins for Maker and Hernandez. VINO SCURO figures second best. JUST A DIXIE DUNK is an invader from Hawthorne who rates a chance.

RACE 3
IN THE SHOES came back after a two-month freshener to finish third and drops back in for a tag tonight. She rates the edge in a well matched sprint. BAYSHORE DRIVE also takes the class drop. She ran well last out and a repeat of that one makes her dangerous. THECLA has been off since April but Aaron West has solid numbers with returning runners and she has the speed to be dangerous with Jimenez in the irons.

RACE 4
PALATINE HILL has won four of his last six races and lost his best chance last out when he broke poorly. He should get a good trip from the inside post and looks like a solid bet to regain his winning ways with Lezcano picking up the mount. ROUS looked good winning two starts back and was a bit overmatched last out. He drops back to the bottom and is the one to beat. BLUEMYMIND is always dangerous at this level.

RACE 5
SCISSORS AND TAPE coasted home in a race that was declared a no contest after a starting gate malfunction that compromised the chances of many of the other runners. He bled in his previous two races but appears to be in a good spot to pick up the win tonight. EMIRATES WONDER closed well to finish third in his Turfway debut and looks like the main completion. CAPE FLATTERY rates a chance.

RACE 6
MR. CHOW stretches back out to a mile after a game win sprinting. He has the speed to be in contention throughout and is capable of the repeat score with Orm back aboard for Thomas Humphries. NEVERADULLMOMENT is a perfect three for three over the Turfway strip. He moves up in class and faces much tougher tonight but he looks dangerous with Lezcano picking up the mount. NORMANDY CROSSING ran poorly after breaking slowly in his first race back after a four-month layoff. Look for a better performance tonight.

RACE 7
MR. SENSIBILITY has been off since October with no published works but he drops in class for his return. Check for late works but if he is ready he should win in here for Ben Colebrook and Quinonez. CONNECT A PEG closed strongly to finish second in his first try over the Turfway surface and he has to be respected. NEGU could add value to the gimmicks.

RACE 8
LAXFIELD ROAD just missed last out and has posted two solid works since that start. Wesley Ward adds blinkers for this one and she rates the slight edge in what looks like a wide open allowance race. TIMIDO is a lightly raced four year old who looked sharp in her maiden win here on New Year’s Day. She cuts back in distance and will be running at the end with Hernandez picking up the mount. MISCHIEVIOUS KAT has been running for a tag but is good right now and has to be considered.

RACE 9
MR. SONG makes his third start back after a long layoff and should be ready for his best effort. He gets the nod in here for trainer Caramori and jockey Lezcano. WARRIOR PRINCE has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout and is the one to catch. CENTER POINTE [note: first time gelding] fits with these with Lagunes aboard.

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21: PREVIEW

RACE 1
COWBOY CHEYENNE broke poorly last out and made a big middle move before fading in the stretch. He drops in class tonight and figures to run much better in his third career start with Jimenez picking up the mount. TWENTY GAUGE is still winless after eighteen tries but also takes the class drop and will be tough at this level. MICHI BRAH fits with these.

RACE 2
PATTY’S MISCHIEF stretches back out to a mile after a near miss sprinting last out. She figures to make the lead in this one and looks like a good candidate for the wire to wire win. ROHAN drops a notch in class after an even effort against better and figures to be the main competition. SCOOT N MARY rates a chance.

RACE 3
ROCCO SOLID comes off of a pair of near misses and appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden win with Ouzts back aboard. BUCKEYE NATION has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout and is the one to catch. CRESCENT WARRIOR is a shipper from Laurel who has to be considered.

RACE 4
SHUTTER SPEED dropped back to dead last before rallying in the stretch last out to finish fourth. Give him the slight edge tonight. DRAWBRIDGE beat the top pick last out and a repeat of that one makes him dangerous. FLYING KING is a contender and shouldn’t be left out of the gimmicks.

RACE 5
TROPHY GIRL has been off since November and makes her first start since moving to the barn of Mike Maker. Give her the slight edge in a wide open maiden race. SPRING FLING showed big improvement in her second career start for Charlie LoPresti. She figures to move forward off of that one and looks like the one to beat. MISS SHAWHAN ran a couple of solid races on the grass and has been training sharply over the Turfway surface. She is a definite threat.

RACE 6: THE FOREGO STAKES
An overflow filed of fourteen runners were entered in what looks like a very well matched renewal of the Forego. THE GREAT WAR has competed in graded stakes races in seven of his last eight races. He looked good winning at Keeneland and comes off of a good effort in the Fall Highweight at Aqueduct. He has the tactical speed to be in contention throughout and gets the edge for Ward and Garcia. DAC definitely prefers more distance but he loves this track and he did win at seven and one half furlongs on the grass at Indiana Grand. He figures to be flying late. ELUSIVE HOLIDAY moves up in class after an impressive win and could add value to the gimmicks.

RACE 7
PURE LEGACY just missed last out and looks best with Jimenez picking up the mount. I’M EXTRAORDINARY comes off of a game win in her first start back after a three month layoff and is the one to beat. IMAGE OF GRACE is a nine year old veteran who is still running well with Lagunes back aboard tonight.

RACE 8
HINTON didn’t beat much in his debut at Belterra but he overcame a poor start and looked like a runner with some talent. Tom Drury figures to have him ready for this one and he could spring the mild upset with John McKee back aboard. HUNKA BURNING LOVE has run against better. He just missed last out as the favorite and will be hard to beat tonight with Hernandez picking up the mount. NOSHACKLESHERE comes off of an impressive maiden score over this track and is a solid contender in a tough allowance race.

RACE 9
GRANDDAUGHTER drops in class and figures best in this bottom claimer. FAST PAY didn’t show much last out but a better start could make her dangerous at nice odds. EASTERN MISCHIEF is a solid threat.

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25: PREVIEW

RACE 1
BASEBALLNBOURBON drops in for a tag after hooking better in his last two. He should like tonight’s shorter distance and rates the edge at this level with Jack Gilligan aboard. STORMY MISSION has the speed to make the lead. He is a bit suspect at six and one half furlongs but is the one to catch. LABRADOR moves up in class off of the claim and is a contender with Jimenez picking up the mount.

RACE 2
KATE N ABS REWARD drops to the bottom after several decent against much better. She has a solid record over this track and looks like a winner with Lezcano picking up the mount for Tim Locker. WHAT’S IN A NAME was third in her Turfway debut and should move forward off of that one. DEVIL ALERT is a contender and shouldn’t be left out of the gimmicks.

RACE 3
LILY OF THE NILE needed her last race after a long layoff and gets the nod in a weak field with Ouzts back aboard tonight. GONNA FIND HER can win with anything close to her best but she has been off for ten months and takes a big class drop. SCARLETTS FOR REAL ran poorly last out but is capable of better.

RACE 4
PRIMO RIVERA broke his maiden at this level two starts back and just missed last out while moving up in class. He appears to be in a good spot to get the win for Mike Maker with Hernandez aboard. HEAT IT UP RICH was disqualified from a sharp win last out and figures to be the one to beat despite the class hike. RED BLUE AND TRUE comes off of an even effort sprinting and shouldn’t mind tonight’s added distance.

RACE 5
DETERMINED BRAEDON reared at the gate and lost all chance in his first race back after a five month layoff. He actually finished well in that one and figures to move forward tonight. Give him the edge. HE’S A DANDY CANDY drops back down to the bottom and will be tough at this level. LATIN WILD CAT fits with these.

RACE 6
WAR READY was no match for a repeat winner last out but ran well to finish second in that one. He figures to get a good trip from just off of the early leaders and gets the nod in a tough race with Jimenez back aboard. MUTATION just missed last out after setting a fast pace. The class drop is a bit puzzling but a repeat of that last effort would make him hard to beat. MAFIA MUSCLE MAN has won five of his last seven at Hawthorne and if he takes to this track he will be dangerous.

RACE 7
FEAR THE KITTEN drops back to the bottom after an even effort last out. His best would be good enough to win this one with Lezcano picking up the mount tonight. CROOKED COURT is consistent at this level and can’t be left out of the gimmicks. ROYAL WARRANT looked good winning last out.

RACE 8
BOUND FOR NOWHERE is a high priced Keeneland sales grad debuting for Wesley Ward. He has trained well here at Turfway and should be ready to go tonight. THE HANS SUM ONE was well backed in his first start but faded after flashing some early speed. Maker adds blinkers tonight and he can be expected to run much better in this one. THE BIG GAMBLER ran evenly in his debut and can also be expected to improve.

RACE 9
WARRIOR PRINCE was third behind a repeat winner last out and looks best in here with Jimenez picking up the mount for Susan Anderson. SHUTTER SHOCK ran some decent races on the Gulfstream turf and figures to be the one to beat. STRAW DOG posted a recent bullet work and could wake up on the class drop.

 

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