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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, October 24

CHURCHILL DOWNS

FIERY CAT: New face in town following debut fourth on turf at IND rallied for second on dirt stretch out most recently; can handle maiden crew next time.

BUCK MAGIC: Had some early trouble, fought on the pace, and weakened to third in the lane on class rise most recently, but has kept good form of late; son of Broken Vow worth keeping on tickets.

TAKE IT LIKE A MAN: Set the pace and rolled to a 6 3/4-length romp as the favorite when dropped in class and switched to dirt for his latest; proves worthy $32K-claim for owner/trainer C. Peery.

BE WELL: Contended pace wide and weakened to finish an acceptable fourth when on yielding ground in his first career turf attempt; worth following, turf or dirt.

RUN ZIPPY RUN: Took some tote play for her racing debut and gave an even effort for fourth; daughter of City Zip deserving of another shot for trainer K. Gorder (19% wins this year).

EDDY GOURMET: Fought it out on the pace, shook free to lead by two lengths in the stretch, and weakened late when third of 11 as the favorite in her latest; post position 11 of 11 probably was a tough ask.

ZAMQUICK: Gained third when hung in outside post position in a field of 12 in her latest turf sprint; solid sort from winning E. Kenneally barn has been on the board in seven of nine starts.

HOME TOWN GAL: Took noteworthy class drop when in from RP for her latest, finished second to favored winner, and bears watching off $20K-claim for trainer E. McCann, Sr.

TALE OF HONOR: Chased wide and weakened to finish fourth of six in his first try with winners most recently; should benefit and might appreciate return to CD, scene of his maiden score.

4*SPECIAL: ALMOST ENGLISH: Battled on the pace and weakened to fifth of 11 on move to starter allowance level in first start following $25K-claim for trainer J. Sharp (seven-for-14 to begin career); next time.

LONGSHOT: BAJAN: Never got on track when eighth of 11 most recently, but barn showed confidence with Grade 2 Raven Run placement off April-layoff; could surprise now.

PENN NATIONAL

TRINIDAD LADY: Gained from last of four early to pick up second in her latest when clearly hurt by lack of pace and sloppy ground; another chance for beaten odds-on favorite.

HOOSIC TUNNEL: Managed even effort for third in his latest over sloppy strip, and was bumped at the start; likely to show more from the start next time at this reduced class level.

GENEVIEVE'S BREEZE: Scored in front-running style when making her first start since January, and did so off claim/class rise; takes another for trainer A. Albright.

NILE SAPPHIRE: Raced wide to nowhere (post position 10 of 10) in her racing debut after showing brief early interest en route to seventh-place finish; can improve for strong Todd Beattie barn (21% wins this year).

RUNS FOR LUCK: Rallied for third in blanket finish when making his racing debut at age 3 for strong B. Houghton barn; benefits from late introduction to racing experience.

4*SPECIAL: QUALITY SILVER: Showed speed and weakened to finish third in worthwhile racing debut that could move her forward; solid for winning B. Houghton barn.

LONGSHOT: TOTAL THIEF: Tried allowance company and managed third after winning her racing debut easily and being haltered for $18K-tag by trainer B. Servis; barn has options now.