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6. Soul Eyes: Has improved all three starts and a bit more gets win here Sunday.
5. Valid Play: Has enough early speed to get in good position to win in stretch.
2. Perfect English: Going to give this English Channel filly one more chance on turf.
9. Mulberry: Nice first outing for Sharp and McGehee homebred filly.
6. Two Left Shoes: The drop and the evident early speed should be good enough to win.
5. Mr Erin: Dirt races sprinting are competitive with these.
5. Bold Wolf: Lost to favorite, but had excuse and is second off claim for Amoss.
1. Billy Two Hats: First run in barn of Joe Sharp — that is big winning angle this year.
8. Silver Rocket Man: Trainer Faucheux having a great meet — horse well spotted.
6. If I Ever: Taking a drop and is a consistent sort for Stidham.
6. Aztec Brave: Two big wins over turf cannot be ignored — on his game now.
3. Regally Ready: $1.6 million earner returns for his 8-year-old season.
4. Plug Catcher: Found right level in last and comes right back at same today.
8. Fiaker: Always around wire and a must use in exotics for in the money finish.
6. Slope: Big race in slop then a flop on turf — giving this well bred turfer one more shot today on the green.
5. Almasty: Big win in last on turf and could repeat that effort today.
11. Wildcat Friendship: Looks to be controlling speed and they have to catch him.
4. Sgt. Major Rose: Won two here last year and is a live long shot.
1. Blue Choice: Asmussen claim is dropped down to get the win for owner/trainer.
2. Prince of the Bar: Competitive in every start needs to step up a bit to get win.
Around the Track
In Race 6 Sunday fans get to see the comeback race of Regally Ready — a horse racing millionaire having won $1.6 million in purse money. Ready has his best year last year as a 7-year-old, winning 6-of-10 races at the highest level and winning nearly $400,000. He is a very classy horse but could need a race to be at his best for the 2015 campaign.
Our best bet today will be in Race 5 and I would call this one of the strongest opinions I’ve had in quite awhile. No. 8 Silver Rocket Man is our best bet and while the price might not be too generous he looks like a very solid selection. Good luck and may they all come home safely.