Race 1

5. Squatty: Loks like a sold favorite to start the day

4. Into Running: Tries the dirt for the first time and will improve

Race 2

3. Whyalwaysme: In new barn and ships down from New York for the win

2. Maximum Horsepower: Bet in first start now drops to easier

Race 3

5. Miraculousmo: Was six clear of third place horse in last

3. John Galt: Consistent sort will be trying to close ground in the end

Race 4

3. Cadet Captain: Two good runs on turf put this one in the hunt

7. Sky Drama: One for one on the turf going short

Race 5

1. Wonderworkinpower: Comes in off a win at Louisiana Downs and drew well

4. Smooth Salute: Might need the race off a layoff but if not he will romp home

Race 6

6. Scammoney: Winner of 3 of 6 comes in off a victory and will be tough

2. Divine Beauty: Could have been a contender if healthy last year: comebacker was just ok

Race 7

8. Eufaula: Nice win first out needs to find that form today to upset

3. If I Ever: Big win last out only needs to replicate that to win today at short odds

Race 8

2. Whyruawesome: Has the conditioning to prevail here over a lot of comebackers

4. Legend Forever: Proven to be fast but coming back off layoff can win though

Race 9

1. Top Afleet: Tough race of very competitive horse I’ll take the rail dropdown

2. Thunder West: Better than it looks last effort can win this

Around the Track

The beleaguered turf course at the Fair Grounds has held up well to the early rain this week and looks more and more like the turf course of days gone by. So far, I would say the course is playing very fairly with a slight edge to the horses that can make one big run but not penalizing speed. Very interested to see today’s races and how the course changes with the hot and dry weather coming up this week. Kudos to the track superintendent and crew for getting the grass ready for the season and keep your fingers crossed the rest of the way.

Best Bet

The Best Bet today is Race 2 — No. 3. Trainer Joe Sharp has started out well … sharp and his horses are all running well. This one has some experience on the turf and shortens up for his first start for Sharp. Good luck and may they all come home safely.