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RULES OF PLAY: In our opinion, each horse listed below (and
newsletter) has a reasonable chance to win or run well
for second. If there are two recommended horses running in the same race, play
both to win and place and in the exacta
and/or quinella. We suggest giving precedence to a selection in a more recent
report or, if you like, play the horse with
the higher odds.
NOTE: Our recommendations have a life of one month, so you
print this page to keep for your handicapping. If,
however, you find there are too many horses to watch simply discard the oldest
issue in the one-month cycle. Horses
switching tracks remain plays, and sometimes become our best plays as shrewd
trainers place fit horses in excellent spots
on other circuits, so keep an eye out in these instances. Good luck and always
bear in mind: Play with your head, not over
Friday, May 17
PIONEER TIGER: In from FG for his first start since late-February and off move to owner/trainer J. Gomez, he ran well through traffic to pick up third; stay on board.
VOO DOO LOVE: Set a clear pace and stayed on gamely to finish third in his first start since last-July; lightly raced 7YO gelding should have a productive turf season.
BENDANIE: Angled wide and rallied nicely to finish a narrowly beaten second on return to turf in his first start since mid-February at HOU; R. Urbina barn has won with two of first nine starters this year.
MALLARD'S BRO: Remains a maiden through seven career starts, but most recent placing was solid and marked his first turf attempt; graduation in sight.
INDIAN BLUFF: Rallied wide and just missed second when third on move to turf most recently; versatile sort offers value, brings solid overall record, and should be included in exotics.
SILENT LEGACY: Outran her 13.20-1 tote price when a strong second in her latest; a winner of five of 15 lifetime starts, she can move forward in upcoming third start of current form cycle.
4*SPECIAL: BIG LEVI: Didn't have much racing luck ("Bumped start, steadied") when well supported on tote and fourth; atones in upcoming second start since mid-March.
LONGSHOT: MACH TWO DOC: Chased and couldn't make much of an impact behind easy tempo in latest fourth-place finish; can rally with pace up front and some racing luck.
UPON REFLECTION: Rallied wide through the slop to pick up third of six when in from HAW and taking a suitable drop in claiming price for his latest; interesting, and perhaps a candidate for turf given pedigree.
MY FRIEND JIMMY: Chased wide and gave way to finish a distant fourth behind blowout winner in sloppy track off-the-turf route most recently; follow son of Purim back to turf.
CASINO DAN: Now has two starts under his saddle since back from lengthy break, and hasn't had the best racing luck in either spot with tough posts and outside trips; primed for top C. LoPresti barn.
YOU'RE MY BUDDY: Gained third over a wet fast strip when making his first start off the claim for owner/trainer T. Ice; stay with him.
MIRACULOUSMO: Chased wide and continued in fairly even order when a useful fourth in his racing debut over wet fast ground; 3YO son of J Be K can show more early and throughout next effort.
STANLEY CUP: Rallied between rivals to finish second of 10 when behind a blowout winner in his racing debut; 4YO benefits immensely from the effort.
BRILLIANT FUTURE: Set the pace and weakened to fourth when after repeat in just her second start back from winter vacation; bounces back for trainer J. Scott (23% wins this year).
OUR EDGE: Didn't have the best trip ("bumped start, four wide") when fourth as the betting choice in his latest; proven veteran likely a worthy $16K-claim for trainer J. Woodard.
PURE SENTIMENT: Returned from November debut and managed fourth through trouble in good effort; must follow for always patient and dangerous N. Howard barn.
4*SPECIAL: D'WILDCARD: Moved up to starter allowance level for his latest and turned in game try to finish second, beaten only a head, when after repeat score; too sharp to ignore.
LONGSHOT: YANKEE SCHOLAR: Never rallied when sixth over sloppy ground (off the board in only prior wet track start) in his firsts start since late-March at TP; deserves another shot.