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>>> Indiana: 400-seat requirement hampers OTB planning... Legislator behind those rules says, "The idea was to try to bring some new people in, to try to have a restaurant, to try to have something that would attract families."
>>> 2YO Watch: Von Hemel receiving offers for nice filly Lovethatlegend
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4-9. Broke the century mark! After an icy-cold Week Five we got off to a blazing hot start for the closing week of action. Had the first four winners on top and it looked like it could be a break-out day -- but then things slowed down slightly, at least on the win-end. Three of our top selections ran second -- but we still had plenty of gimmick action going.
Winners in the 1st (10.00), 2nd (4.00), 3rd (8.60) and 4th (4.20). Cold double in races 1-2 ($29.40/$2) and 2-3 ($21.20). A cold P3 in races 2-3-4 ($47.00). In the 3rd our top pick bested our third choice for the $28.60 exacta. We always say, when the prices are right don't be afraid to play around with the picks and in the 5th our top choice was 7-2 and our third pick was 20-1. Tossing in the fourth selection at 8-1 made for some nice plays as that fourth choice won, followed by the top pick, followed by the third choice for a decent $87.50 exacta and a juicy $1071.00 tri. Boxing our top four in the 6th also produced a meager tri ($92.50). The 7th proved a little disappointing as we swung for the fences with the 33-1 Sheppard Special and then watched as that one never really fired and our second and third picks ran 1-2 -- paying $30.40 for the exacta and costing us a winner on top. Oh well. It was our third choice over our top pick in the 8th for the $31.80 gimmick. And with all races being won by one of our selections there were a variety of "Pick" wagers that could have been grabbed if the picks were played with a little.
On-track, a beautiful day weather-wise for the final week brought out a crowd of 18,140.
Unbridled Spirit...It doesn't take much to stand out in these NY-bred MSW events -- so something like a $390K purchase price by Padua and the Pletcher/Velasquez team behind this filly makes her the one to beat.
Faith Keeper...Steady string of works for trainer Lake.
O'Brien entry...AE listers have plenty of experience.
Over The Transom.
Banner Headline...Beaten by a solid Durimente in last. Claimed and actually drops a little of the decent effort. Should go well.
No Bad Habits...Reunites with a jock that has gotten some life out of him in the past.
Gail's Drive...Capable of throwing in a good one every now and again.
Reggie For Three...Trainer Bond can have them ready to go two-turns first out.
Malhoof...Put in a couple of nice turf works and might lead them all the way if in from the AE list.
Everybodywantssome...Mott's on a roll lately.
Belladumanni...Another speedy sort that might try and wire 'em.
Rousing Victory...Solid turf works for trainer having a good meet.
Finn Cantwinatgin...Makes the notable drop from MSW to mdn clm. Broke poorly in last.
Jo Jo's Time...Trainer is solid with 2YOs. This one went well when dropping in for a tag last time.
Fantastic Ego...Superb Phipps-style breeding and some nice works.
My Snookie's Boy.
Joy Of Millbrook...Improving in each start this year. Will need to continue that trend today but is live if able to do so.
Archers Gal...Has been fairly consistent when meeting state-breds. Daylight wins last two times on dirt -- but needs to show that the wet tracks weren't a boost.
Nicole Kathryn...If you lie the top choice you gotta like this one... Nosed by that one in last.
Cartage Agent...Gets the nod with the hot jock, trainer having a good meet with limited starters, and room to improve in second start.
See Latham...Got out to a big lead in debut and then was nipped late. Should also go well in second try.
Woodnote...Speaking of runners looking to move forward after first start -- this one comes from a trainer that does well with that angle.
The Penny Drops.
Classy ET...Moves up the ladder a little but a repeat of the latest puts him right there.
Y Two J...Might rate as top pick except the trainer is shooting an oh-fer at the meet.
Dash 'n Dance...Went well when dropped to this level last time.
La Belle Simone...Clement filly has put in two nice tries since coming stateside.
Faraway Legend...Has been running well but unable to get a piece. Might find this bunch more to her liking.
Follow Betsy...Has the look of a speedy sort that will try to steal this.
Roses For Ruby.
Il Capitano...Brits take their jumping a little more seriously than we do -- and this guy was competing well in stakes over there as recently as July. Might be a tad better than these, but we'll all find out for sure today.
Tres Touche...Always in the hunt.
Anofferucantrefuse...Voss trainee has brings a two-race streak into this but not sure he'll get as easy a lead today.
Praise The Prince.
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