Picks made today for fast track and firm turf

Race 1

3 – Lucky Ricky – nothing too clever here as this one made winning move in last

2 – Theoryintopractice – dropping down –way down – to try to get a win for stable

Race 2

1 – Castle Zip – goes from post 8 to post 1 and drops to a winning level for this

2 – Thrylos – first off the claim for Asmussen and he goes to Vargas to ride this

Race 3

3 –Gotsomemojo – seems to be the right one in this spot running consistent races

6 – Czar – dropping down in class and got zero pace to unleash his late run in last

Race 4

4 – Heavyonthemister – loves this track and moves back into a familiar barn

1 – Rocketringo – trainer Hodges has had a spectacular meet and this one is well meant

Race 5

6 –Striking Femme – ran too good first out to disregard on this spot – fits nicely

8 – Breezy Song – throw out the last clunker and this one’s recent races are competitive

Race 6

9 – Track Teller – should be able to work out a good stalking trip from the outside

3 – Ide Be Silly – this one could get out to a lead and forget to quit until the finish

Race 7

9 – Blossomed in Time – cut back in distance means a stalking outside perfect trip

4 – Walking Primrose – fought back gamely in last when appearing beaten late

Race 8

2 – Sheer Mayhem – highly priced La-bred owned by Zayat should prevail here

1 – Meraki – nice opening race and by a good young sire Eskendereya

Race 9

8 – Warlander – run into some tougher horses in last comes back on turf as a longshot

7 – Mosta Flyin – gets back on preferred surface after running in the money in higher

Race 10

7 – Nautical Man – good win two races back and gets a positive rider change for this run

6 – My Man Colton – always shows up at this level and is competitive for in the money

Race 11

5 – Why Joey Why – got left at the start in last and rushed up to finish a good fourth

9 – Cheers to Berti – finds a bit easier competition today and first two have been okay

Race 12

4 – Hideaway Hero – goes turf to dirt but should be ok on the brown stuff

3 – Tune My Guitar – had a strange trip last out and should show some more speed today

Race 13

8 – KTs Golden Year – has a couple of good races at this level and at this track

5 – Mars Curiosity – like the little layoff here after the claim to get ready for best effort

Around the Track

Big 13-race card today and an even bigger card tomorrow on Louisiana Derby Day when there will be 15 races offered. I’m not sure I can remember when so many races have been offered so drink plenty of fluids and get your rest for the big Saturday card that features the Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks – two races that hold the hopes of three year old colts, geldings and fillies in their quest to make it to the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks on the first Saturday in May.

Best Bet

Our Best Bet today will be in Race 2 - # 1 Castle Zip. Drops back down to a level where the talent fits for a trip to the winner’s circle. Good Luck and may they all come home safely.