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5. Silks Diamond: Calhoun firster attracts Mena to ride — well meant.
7. Discreetly Grand: Another first timer from Nicks barn with Graham on board.
2. Chief Dante: Gets same class level where she ran second in November.
9. Shes Not Guilty: Drops from last — shows good early foot to get in position.
4. Redtacular: Nice middle move in last — gets Lasix and blinkers on today.
7. Idealites: Should show good speed coming off sprint and can go all the way.
9. Nicks Vision: Fastest of these but must work out trip from outside.
7. Fiaker: Two second-place finishes in last two make this one the one to beat.
3. Shanikos Secret: First out was bust – but has three good works since for the drop.
1. Cha’rube: Graham sticks with this one in a tough to call race.
2. Blake Beauties: Won for fun in last, and this race looks perfect for the step up.
7. Little Norweigan: A couple of sneaky good turf races back in her form — fits.
4. Dream Glider: Gets back with friends on the cutback in distance.
6. Graynola: Should trip out with nice stalking trip today.
7. Scat Means Go: Should love the green stuff and ran well on dirt — solid.
3. Seeking Paradise: First out for new trainer Calhoun — loves turf.
6. Save Our Oceans: By hot sire Super Saver and good turf breeding.
9. Slew Of Halos: Good last race over the track — a repeat wins.
1. Ex Marq: Faucheux runner well spotted off the maiden win.
7. This One’s For Tony: Has run second 5 out of 13 — gets win today — maybe?
3. Legal Wager: Showed good speed first out tries to go longer today.
Around the Track
Don’t forget there is Monday racing at the Fair Grounds. Hoping that even with a spot of rain the turf races should go as written with firm turf Saturday. The turf course has been a bit tricky for us oldtimers to figure out as it does not resemble the old turf course that produced many more off the pace winners than front runners, but I believe we have a good handle on how it plays moving forward.
Our best bet today will be in Race 8 — No. 7 Scat Means Go. This horse was entered for turf in last but got rained off, but Scat ran a very good race and if turf improves his performance he should be good to go in a tough heat of three year old maidens. Good luck and may they all come home safely.