Race 1

4. Nikipins: Won for us on opening weekend and right back on the lead here.

3. Mr. Andrew: Off a layoff but has some early pace to threaten top choice.

Race 2

2. Hoodatcrook: Has some nice turf efforts good enough to win this.

1. Back to Life: Long layoff horse finds easy field for comebacker.

Race 3

3. Salty’s Officer: Almost an automatic play when Amoss goes second off a claim.

4. Off Cycle: Has won 3 of 6 at the Fair Grounds and drops down for this.

Race 4

1. Our Little Margie: Going for a long shot here with a nice chance to rally into the money or the winner’s circle.

5. Lorelei True: Competitive in previous starts — this distance might fit just right.

Race 5

1. Summertime Friend: Proven off a layoff both horse and trainer.

5. Elaine Koweleski: Sprinting is her game and she is back where she belongs.

Race 6

4. Pagets: Has a win over the course and right running style for the turf.

11. Sweet Daddy: Takes a big drop down in class to go for the win at short odds.

Race 7

8. Delusional KK: Trainer wins high percentage of these type of races and working well.

6. Sibling War: Moss/Amoss combo should always be respected.

Race 8

11. Cougar Bait: Pure race shape play as pace sets up for a deep closer.

8. Quiet Concert: Should be sitting mid pack and get first run at the speed.

Race 9

8. Sneaky Blowout: Comes from the clouds and could get there late today.

9. Sum of the Parts: Classy sprinter tries to get back to winning ways.

Race 10

6. Pocket Thunder: Trainer excels with this type of situation long layoff sprint.

5. Strollinthebigeasy: Nice prep for this and should show speed on the lead.

Around the Track

Trainer Tom Amoss has a few horses running today — just like any other day at the track. But, Amoss isn’t just any trainer, and he’s not having just another year this year as a trainer. A consistent winner during his career, Amoss is putting together a record of accomplishment in 2014 that is remarkable. Winning 31 percent of his races — 169 victories — and over 5 million in purse money so far in 2014 is a professional feat that he is trying to duplicate from 2013 when he won over 6 million in purse money and racked up 192 victories. The New Orleans native is one of the best at his craft not only in the Midwest but also in the country.

Best Bet

The Best Bet today is Race 10 — No. 6 Pocket Thunder. Trainer Edward Johnston starts fast at the Fair Grounds every year and this year is no exception. Look for this charge to get Johnston another early win in the meet. Good luck and may they all come home safely.