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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, November 29
JET MAJESTY: Two year old filly ran well in her debut when finishing a troubled fifth, took blinkers off last out and stretched out in distance, was away in third early on but couldn't get past the top two checking in third as the slight favorite, is bred to handle the dirt as well, follow.
LADY'S SMART ALEC: Was an easy winner in his debut at Finger Lakes, shipped in here for the New York Stallion Stakes, made the lead from the start, was still in there into the lane but couldn't hold off the odds-on choice late checking in third just a head off the place spot.
SELENITE: Two year old filly was making just her second start over the dirt last out in a New York Stallion series race, was away in sixth early on, came very wide around the turn and was still wide into the lane tiring late to finish sixth, offers value right back against NW1X statebred allowance foes.
MATCHMADEINHEAVEN: Started her career three for three but then failed in her fourth try checking in fourth in a stallion series race, was off over a year and returned in another stallion series race but ran like she needed that race, follow next out.
ABLE BAKER CHARLIE: Thought he might move forward after his maiden win four back but has been evenly in three subsequent races, most recently checking in sixth at 37-1 behind a very interesting rival, a slight drop and some early pace can do.
ANAPHYLAXIS: Got back to some of that good form we saw earlier in the year when he closed well to finish third in a stallion series race at 33-1; handles the inner track and has run well at many distances, tab.
MY PINK EASTERBABY: Was shipping in off a bunch of turf races in New Jersey and was dropping in class, stumbled badly at the start losing all chance especially because she is a need the lead type and she tired to finish 12th and last, that will help her odds right back.
KID CRUZ: Got a solid setup last out when making his second start and dropping in class, came with a solid run around the turn and into the lane and drew away smartly to score by six lengths, was claimed by the Linda Rice barn and can be tough with winners right back.
COFFEE AND DONUTS: Two year old gelding was sent off at 9-2 in his debut, broke seventh from his rail post, was a bit green around the turn and then came six wide into the lane finishing up well for fourth in a decent time versus $35k claimers, all set now for sharp barn.
WITH DELITE: Liked her career debut back at Calder in August, she finished well despite racing greenly, she was off since then and making her first try last out for the Jacobson barn, took plenty of late money to go off as the 7-2 second choice, stalked from fourth but didn't have any kick checking in sixth, improves next out at a square price.
BEST BET: SHIPWRECKED: Was sent off at 14-1 in his debut, was bumped from both sides as the start last out, raced in 8th from the start and into the lane and checked in seventh about seven lengths off the winner, should improve off that effort and could offer value.
LONGSHOT: SWELL: Was a winner in his debut at 22-1, stalking the leaders and then running them down late by a neck, faced off against winners last out, got bumped at the start and then was very rank down the backside en route to a fifth place finish, put a line through that race and must be followed back next out.
A STUDENT: Was making his first start since September at Delaware when he checked in a distant second, was bumped at the start last out behind some moderate splits over a yielding course and checked in fourth late, handles both surfaces and should be set to go next out.
BIG SHOTS HUMOR: Hails from a sharp barn that does well with their young runners, was sent off at 24-1 in his debut but did show some sharp early speed before tiring to finish ninth and last, should improve off that effort and offers some value next out.
REASON'S HARVEST: Was sent off at 23-1 in her debut last out, came out running from the rail, set a pressured pace to the top of the lane but tired to finish third, should move forward off her debut and may want a bit more ground.
RIVER CRUISING: Has been off since March when checking in seventh over the turf, does own a second place finish over the this dirt course and could be ready to roll, follow.
SONG TO YOU: Has a second and a third in two career starts both over this strip back in the winter of 2013, well bred runner should be very tough when he returns to the races, stay close.
BEST BET: H AN F'S SENSATION: Was returning from an August layoff most recently in a Louisiana bred stakes race at Louisiana downs, was reluctant to load, raced in 8th early on but did close well to finish fourth at 5-1 behind the odds-on choice, all set now.
LONGSHOT: EVANGELINEWAITONME: Four year old filly got away in second chasing the pace to the top of the lane, dispatched of that rival and hung in well to finish third at 61-1; can hang around a bit longer next out at a big price.