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2. Twang: Awful looking drop in class, but Faucheux successful with that move.
5. Street Hoss: Another dropping a ton but looks to be in right spot.
11. Aaron of Goshen: Big win last out will get good stalking trip.
7. All About Interest: Has a nice third over turf and might get good pace to run at.
3. Hurricane Guska: Consistent sort looks to trip out off the speed and pounce.
5. Geaux Lion: Should also get a good trip with a lot of early speed in here.
10. Plug Catcher: Dropping in class — Calhoun wins with these.
7. Surf Classic: Didn’t run first out at FG turf but deserves another chance.
1. Harbour Island: Very professional win last out and gets the rail for this.
7. White Clover: Big win in maiden breaker and Jones has been “white” hot lately.
7. Rippenandtearin: Likes the turf — a lot — and gets good race shape here.
1. Transylvania Flash: Will try to take them all the way from inside.
5. Strike Impact: 11-year-old hasn’t lost much pep in his step and finds easier foes.
5. Calling Panther: Should get the win today off of one start.
3. JD’s Big Shot: Nice run first out should be fitter and can win.
6. Brown Almighty: Huge run last out now gets new trainer Cox.
7. Klisz: Should be a bit fitter off last and has speed to contend.
10. Ruby Cascade: Had lead, went fast — second time in blinkers.
6. Classic Flair: Good first out — bombed against tougher — back with friends.
Around the Track
Tip of the cap to old man Strike Impact who is running in Race 6 today for trainer Pat Dupuy, who has had this horse for the last five years of his 11-year racing career. Strike Impact won the Buddy Diliberto Handicap in 2012 at the Fair Grounds and has won 19 times and over $ 700,000 on turf, synthetic and dirt races tracks throughout the Midwest, including a win at 11 this summer. A true, honest and competitive race horse still at the old horse age of 11.
Our best bet today will be in Race 2 — No. 11 Aaron of Goshen. Very good win in last and finds himself in a relatively soft spot to get back-to-back wins. Good luck and may they all come home safely.