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4. Willie Wears Pink: Has had a few shots at this level but gets easier heat.
5. Revenuenuetral: First timer for Amoss who has gaudy stats in Mdn Claiming.
4. Lope: Nice win over tough group at Keeneland last out — right running style..
3. Siralen: Winner first out going long over sloppy tracks signals talent for this one..
1. Rebel Heart: Horse is going really well since moving into new barn.
2. Cupdis Hit: Back in with friends here after class rise on turf.
7. Express Yourself: Hey hey hey — very nice win first out — more to give .
4. Tontos Sister: Perfect style for this race will be coming from the clouds.
8. Kaskida: Terrible break for our Best Bet last time out — better start helps.
7. Miss Nala: Last was good enough to win here but can effort be repeated.
9. Hustlin Nu: Should clear and be dangerous with new rider Eramia.
7. Somoville: Another with top speed who will be prominent early.
9. Post Road: Should get a hustling ride from Morales to grab early position.
8. Dride: Not a terrible first out education trip — improves today.
8. Heavy on The Mister: Might be too tough for these today if he is at best.
9. Let Us Be Glad: Off a layoff but working well and has win over the turf course.
- inth race
12. St. Padraig: Should get good trip sitting off early speed.
8. St. Boswells: Totally didn’t finish in last, but comes right back for high per cent barn.
Around the Track
Trainer Karl Broberg is making his presence felt at the Fair Grounds this year and could challenge perennial trainers Amoss, Calhoun and Asmussen for the title. Through Friday’s racing, Broberg has saddled six winners to add to his nation-leading total of 397 wins in 2015. Broberg is a lock to win the most races this year as he has a 100-plus win lead over nearest competitor Steve Asmussen but the title of Fair Grounds leading trainer will be tough to wrest from the hands of Tom Amoss. This will be a race we will keep an eye on throughout the year.
Our best bet today will be in Race 5: No. 8 Kaskida. But for a bad break in last this one might have one so let’s hope the horse breaks a bit more effectively today to lead to a win. Good luck and may they all come home safely.