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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, May 8
CHURCHILL DOWNS

REDLACE AND PEARLS: Remained popular at the claim box most recently, this time going to trainer M. Campbell for $30k following third-place finish in which she was rushed to the pace; follow.

QUIET RY: Chased in third throughout his latest, and figures to improve off the initial experience versus winners; stay with son of Hard Spun for trainer N. Pessin.

J.Z.'S CRAFTY BOY: Didn't have the cleanest of trips ("off slow, steadied 3/8") when fifth in his latest, and is capable of more; stay with gelding off $7,5k-claim by trainer G. Garcia.

CURLIN CRUSH: Raced wide and came up empty when sixth behind dominant winner in his return from October-layoff; quick return proves key for 3YO colt who has yet to make starts without break in between.

ROSE TO GLORY: Rated and gained a bit, but never had an impact in fifth-place effort behind blowout winner; late-moving style means she is at mercy of pace/race luck.

COUGAR RIDGE: Rallied to just miss in third-place finish when claimed for $62,5k by trainer R. Morse as a fresh face two back, then ran sixth of nine with wide bid in Alysheba Stakes; try again.

STREETHEART: Moved wide and weakened to seventh in graded attempt when making her second start since last-November; 3YO filly by Street Sense with upside.

KISSED BY A ROSE: Rallied and missed by a neck in solid TAM debut on April 4, then came up empty in ninth-place finish here on May 1; 4YO filly can do better given race over course for trainer G. Aschinger (31% wins this year).

HILLBILLY STYLE: Couldn't threaten when an even eighth of nine in his first try with winners by way of OP most recently; has run well here before, and can improve.

4*SPECIAL: PLEASANT TALES: Rated, rallied, and weakened a bit late in good effort for fourth as a fresh face getting some needed class relief; next time.

LONGSHOT: WOOD MACHINE: Raced wide and made progress for fourth in his first start since early-March when winning T. Amoss barn showed confidence in placement off DeD maiden win; another shot.

PENN NATIONAL

WHEREISTHESURPRISE: Showed needed improvement with renewed late interest for third in his latest; note, gelding added blinkers for his latest, and can continue to move forward.

GREY GATOR: Raced inside and in relatively even fashion for third when trying to make up ground behind soft pace; use in gimmicks, as gelding has finished on the board in nine of 14 lifetime starts.

RISKY GUY: Rated, made the lead in the stretch, and ultimately settled for a close fourth with some trouble along the way in his latest; next time.

A.P. CINO: Rated a touch off the pace, took over, and drew out to nice score when in from PIM for his latest; classy sort can stay sharp and score right back.

THE COUNT: Rated and gained second behind easy winner when in search of repeat score in his latest; can keep currently sharp form.

4*SPECIAL: LITERARY LADY: Shook off pace pressure and drove clear for maiden score as the favorite in her second lifetime start by way of OP; can prove worthy $16k-claim for trainer A. Randolph.

LONGSHOT: ONE DIEGO: Showed the way on the pace and weakened to fifth in his latest; now has three starts since back from brief break, and can offer value for winning T. Shea barn (20% this year).