9. Lil Ella B.: Slow start in first but came flying in the lane.
4. Laines Howdy Dowdy: Dropping to find easier foes will help.
3. Willy Be Invited: These 5.5 turf favors speed, and this one has necessary giddyup.
4. Holiday Touch: Off layoff will show some pent-up zip early; contender for lead.
7. Royal Mile: Nice win last out at Delta; bred to be good.
2. In the Chamber: Might be best on dirt, where he ran credible only time he tried.
3. Danny T: Race shape favors closers; this one’s consistent.
2. Cougar Bait: Came back strong from layoff and should improve today.
7. I’m In A Hurry: Looks to get the lead and play catch-me-if-you-can.
5. Dublin Da’bet: Might get best pace setup of any in here for closing kick.
11. Adios Nardo: Classy horse meets some nice ones but can handle.
9. Shining Copper: The in-form horse for Asmussen.
3. Infinite Magic: Can blow up exotics with his closing kick.
8. Udoknowjack: Taking the in-form horse right back for the win on the lead.
1. Country Flavor: Saves ground from rail; might get overlooked at a price.
11. Chocolate Ride: Back on preferred surface and a nice price here.
10. Pumpkin Rumble: Gets easiest set of foes in a while.
3. Ridge Waki: Has just missed last two, and blinkers seemed to have helped tons.
6. Zarby’s Derby Day: Should get a good trip right behind the leaders for pounce.
Around the track
Breeders’ Cup 2-year-old champion Texas Red is headed to the Fair Grounds to compete in the Risen Star on Feb. 21. That’s good news for fans but bad news for locally based rivals. Texas Red made his 3-year-old debut last Saturday and ran a very game second in a race that was really just a tuneup.
The best bet today will be in Race 6: No. 11, Adios Nardo. This one is more of a longshot play, but he likes the course and will get a perfect setup to play catch-me-if-you-can at a big price. Good luck, and may they all come home safely.