Mike Battaglia's Picks
COMMENTS FOR SATURDAY
LAVENDER EARL rates the slight edge in tough maiden race. BAJAN RUN has been off since July but Asmussen could have him ready today. EXCUKRSION is a contender.
FUSCIA faced better at Gulfstream and will be tough with Geroux aboard for Brisset.
NURTURING faded last out but can improve and is the one to beat. TULLYS HOPE fits in here.
WOKE UP TO ACES was second in his Turfway debut for Mike McCarthy and will be tough to beat with Van Dyke picking up the mount. STRAITOUTTAPOPCORN loves this track and has to be respected. LEEWAY rates a chance
BEAU LUMINARIE is a standout in this one and figures to win at very short odds. MAJESTIC VALLEY looks second best. BLESS THE KITTEN likes this track
SUPREMACY has been off since November but is training well for Brad Cox who should have him ready for this one. JERRY'S SECRET failed as the odds on favorite last out but is the one to beat. NINE REAPER is a solid threat.
EDITOR IN CHIEF showed huge improvement in his maiden win last out and a repeat of that one would be good enough to win a well matched renewal of the Rushaway.
DONEGAL BAY lookekd good in his maiden win for Pletcher. He didn't fire in the Withers but can rebound this afternoon. BE HERE has to be respected.
DREAMALILDREAMOFU comes off an impressive win back in January and has been working very well for her return. Geroux is aboard for Brad Cox and this one gets the nod today. UIJAYI figures to be the favorite and will be tough to beat. JEWELED PRINCESS is a contender.
OUTADORE is a solid runner from the barn of Wes Ward. He ran poorly last out but may not have cared for that track and can return to his winning ways today. GAGETOWN will be running at the end and can't be overlooked. PICO D'ORO will like the move back to a sprint distance.
SET PIECE comes off of a solid effort at Fair Grounds and loves the Turfway Tapeta. He looks like a solid bet to win Ky Cup Classic for Brad Cox and Florent Geroux. SKYWIRE was no match for the top pick back in December but has been training well for Casse and could wake up at nice odds. FINNICK THE FIERCE was impressive in his comeback win and has to be respected.
ADVENTURING was second behind stakes winning Will's Secret back in December and looked very good drawing off to win last out. She is capable of the repeat score in a good renewal of the Bourbonette. CANDACE O ran evenly in the Sweetest Chant at Gulfstream and a repeat of that one makes her dangerous. OLIVIAOFTHEDESERT will be rallying from off the pace for McPeek and Brian Hernandez
TARANTINO chased Greatest Honor in back to back stakes races at Gulfstream and ran well both times. He has the tactical speed to be laying right off of the early leaders and gets the nod for Randolphe Brisset with Geroux picking up the mount. HUSH OF A STORM is a perfect 3 for 3 over this track. He looked good winning the Battaglia and will be tough again today . HOCKEY DAD got a bod post draw but when Doug O'Neill sends one from California you have to respect him
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