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RULES OF PLAY: In our opinion, each horse listed below (and
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
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
Friday, September 26
ALICE'S GIRLS: Raced wide to nowhere in her racing debut in what should prove a useful fourth-place finish in eight-horse field; daughter of Any Given Saturday should benefit.
CRESWELL BAY: Raced wide, put in a middle move, and settled for dead heat for third money behind 5 3/4-length winner in her latest; worth a try at square price with similar.
EL GUERO GUANTERO: Chased throughout and couldn't get to winner in the lane when a good second, beaten 1 ? lengths, in his career racing debut; must follow for strong R. Preciado barn (29% wins this year).
GREEK DEFAULT: Took well-meant class drop for winning S. Lake barn most recently, and did finish well too late to pick up third; all set for breakout now.
I'MTRULYINTHEMOOD: Angled out and rallied to pick up second behind easy winner in his latest; proven 8YO has finished on the board in 34 of 65 career attempts, so a must-use.
ITS MY TOWN: Chased the pace and weakened to fourth in her latest, but now has a pair of starts in her since back from brief lay-up; can move forward.
JOINT ATTEMPT: Had two-race win streak snapped when up in class to starter allowance level and asked to race on wet ground for the first time in her career; can do better than fourth-place effort.
JUST DO IT PLEASE: Managed third off a slow break and wide trip in her latest; solid veteran remained popular at the claim box this time going back to trainer P. Farro, who previously won with the mare off a claim.
LIME DROP KID: Moved back to dirt for his latest, and gave only a fair account to pick up third of seven; does merit respect in NW4L spots, and can be considered on dirt or turf.
MARKET BLASTER: Broke 11th of 12 and moved up to chase when after repeat score on move back to sprint trip most recently, and did stay on to finish an acceptable fourth; next time.
MAVERICKS GUN: Pressed the pace and weakened to fourth of six as the favorite when in from DMR for his first start since August 2; worth following off $16k-claim for winning P. Aristone barn.
PLAYA MEDINA: Jumped up with wide run for second in her latest, following a pair of fourth-place finishes to begin her career; primed for maiden score now.
4*SPECIAL: WHERE'S ROSIE B: Showed early interest - good sign of sharpness - before she faded to fourth of 11 when back from brief respite following failed turf try; moves forward.
LONGSHOT: THEN AND NOW: Tried a route of ground for the first time in her third lifetime start, and showed early interest and ultimately weakened to finish a fair fourth; upside off experience.
CURLINO: Went to the post a 1.10-1 favorite for his racing debut, gained wide, and had to settle for third of seven behind easy winner; $375K auction buy is a son of Curlin with upside for solid M. Casse barn.
IN TALL COTTON: Pressed the pace, took over, and came up second best in her latest while keeping currently sharp form; next time off $7,5k-claim by trainer M. Lovell.
LINCOLN LAW: Failed as the favorite when third on class drop for his latest, but was returning on relatively short notice off a third-place effort in return from break; could bounce back off $16k-claim by trainer C. Murphy.
MALIBU HIGH: Rated wide and was in contention, but weakened to fourth in the stretch when back on the main track for his latest; interesting off $25K-claim by trainer G. Trisler (20% wins from limited runners this year).
MEXICAN MISS: Rallied to reach contention in the lane and then finished up evenly for second in her latest; maiden looms interesting $30K-claim from her 10th lifetime start for trainer J. Sharp.
MIDNIGHT SWEETIE: Put in a bold wide bid and was then outfinished late in most recent third-place finish; daughter of Midnight Lute was making her first start since early-May, and can clearly move forward.
OCEAN BERTIE: Put in wide bid for second in game try most recently, and was claimed for $62,500 by trainer J. Deegan; must follow.
SAINT OF SAINTS: Moved back to dirt and responded with dominant score on the front end when in from IND and moved to trainer D. Stewart for his latest; plenty to build on.
SISTER KATHY: Rated, put in a bid to contend, and weakened when it counted to finish third in her latest by way of IND; solid sort owns record of 4-4-4 from 22 starts.
STROLL TO VICTORY: Chased throughout in second when favored off an April-layoff and in with winners for the first time; son of Stroll from K. McPeek barn can get it done next time.
TITLE WINNER: Broke slowly and raced wide when seventh of nine in her racing debut for winning W. Catalano barn; daughter of Tiz Wonderful moves forward for experience.
WAYWARD KITTEN: Showed expected improvement off his placing in racing debut at AP when able to post game maiden score after getting through traffic in latest; juvenile son of Kitten's Joy with upside.
4*SPECIAL: JOGGET: Battled outside, shook free on pace, and then weakened to fourth through the lane when after repeat score by way of ELP for her latest; on board in six of 10 career starts.
LONGSHOT: OL ARMY: Has been in deep of late, but will benefit from his latest sixth-place return from July-break; might surprise the right cast.