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RULES OF PLAY: In our opinion, each horse listed below (and in our newsletter) has a reasonable chance to win or run well for second. If there are two recommended horses running in the same race, play both to win and place and in the exacta and/or quinella. We suggest giving precedence to a selection in a more recent report or, if you like, play the horse with the higher odds.

NOTE: Our recommendations have a life of one month, so you may want to print this page to keep for your handicapping. If, however, you find there are too many horses to watch simply discard the oldest issue in the one-month cycle. Horses switching tracks remain plays, and sometimes become our best plays as shrewd trainers place fit horses in excellent spots on other circuits, so keep an eye out in these instances. Good luck and always bear in mind: Play with your head, not over it.

Friday, June 5
BELMONT

DOC CURLIN: Was sent off at 34-1 last out in his career debut which came against $75k maiden claimers over the turf, was away in 8th, made a huge wide move to challenge the leaders into the lane and came up a nose short, tough with that race under his belt.

ICE CREAM TRUCK: Chased the pace while wide from the far outside post 8 last out but couldn't go any better than an even sixth at 11-1; a drop to basement claimers gets the job done, follow.

MANAHATTA: Was coming off a September layoff last out, chased the sharp pace from the inside but tired in the lane to finish fourth at 5-1; needed that race for sharp barn and should be all set now.

MASCARELLO: Took plenty of money in his debut run over the main track back in April, added blinkers and moved to the turf last out, pressed the pace while racing greenly and tired to finish 8th, give this one another shot back on the dirt, tab.

PAYMENT TERMS: Was sent off at 8-1 for his debut run, was away in sixth behind sharp splits, made a good move to get into contention into the lane but had to settle for third late despite some interference in the drive, follow right back.

PUCA: Has been racing against graded stakes company since her maiden score, most recently a 7th place finish in an impossible start over the turf, give her a look right back on either surface as she should offer some value.

SALEM LOOP: Broke from post 10 last out, chased a sharp pace over the turf from midpack before checking in a close-up fifth late in his first turf try, give this one a look right back off that effort.

SPANGO: Four year old gelding dropped into a NW3L $14k claimer last out, set the pace right from the start, was still there at the top of the lane but tired to finish third at 4-1; will be tough with similar off the claim.

TIZALLHEART: Was making just her second start off a November layoff last out, showed the way through decent splits going 1 and 1/4 miles before tiring in the lane to finish fourth at 41-1; a drop into claimers will do.

YOUR TURN: Finished a good third two back over the turf when going seven furlongs, was outrun early on last out when going six furlongs and finished well, give this one another look right back with a bit more distance.

BEST BET: CAPTAIN MOSS: Tried the turf for the first time last out, set the pace through moderate fractions, was still there at the top of the lane and spurted away to score by more than four lengths, was claimed out of that race and should be followed right back with winners.

LONGSHOT: DARK ROAST: Returned from a 14 month layoff last out as a first time gelding, showed good early speed pressing the pace, took over that lead around the turn but tired in the drive to finish fifth, followed right back off that effort at a solid price.

MONMOUTH

MISS WELL MOLDED: Backclassy six year old mare was claimed for $16k at Tampa Bay back in early April, set a decent pace last out against allowance optional claimers last out, was still there into the lane but tired to finish fourth at 16-1; follow right back.

NEIDERMEYER: Five year old gelding moved into the Ramon Preciado barn three starts ago, put two wins in a row against restricted claimers at Parx racing, moved up and moved to the turf last out, chased the leader but tired to finish fifth, back to the main track right back.

POMEROY'S PACKAGE: Came out running from the start, pressed the through some solid splits from the start and into the lane but couldn't get by that rival but did hold onto to second by a neck at 5-1; can prove tough if he makes the lead early on.

TELL TALE FRIEND: Seven year old gelding was hard ridden early on to make the lead through swift fractions of 21:2, 43:4, 56 flat, was still there into the lane but got run down late by the perfect trip winner, all set now for Navarro barn.

YOUR MOVE: Shipped in from Aqueduct for her last start, came out running for the lead, set a very sharp pace setting sharp fractions of 21:3, 44:3 but tired in the lane to finish sixth at 7-1; a drop will do especially over this track.

BEST BET: SHE'S HOT WIRED: Was off since November and was moving into the Jason Servis barn for the first time last out, got away in fourth, moved into third at the top of the lane but tired to finish third to the heavy favorite, should move way up off that effort, follow.

LONGSHOT: BATTLE TESTED: Three year old gelding broke his maiden against maiden $50k claimers, came out running for the lead battling through a half mile in 44:1 and tired in the drive to finish fourth against allowance optional claimers at 21-1; could be all set now.