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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, December 13
ALEX'S TOP CAT: Two year old gelding was coming off an August layoff last out, was bumped hard at the start, took back to race in fourth but then ran on well to finish a clear second behind the even money wire to wire winning favorite at 21-1; all set now with NW2L $15k statebred claimers.
BABEFROMTHEGITGO: Two year old filly was sent off at 12-1 in her career debut last out, had no early speed racing in 8th, angled out into the lane and ran on well to finish third, should improve off that effort.
MORE THAN CLASSIC: Was bumped at the start last out, was urged while racing on the inside and ran on well to get up for second to the wire to wire winner in an off the turf race, a move back to the turf could be the answer.
SILVER WOOD: Two year old by Badge of Silver made his debut against $12.5k claimers last out, was outrun early on racing in 10th, had some trouble moving into the far turn but recovered and ran on well to finish third at 27-1, could prove tough right back.
TALE OF A GOLFER: Eight year old gelding was returning from an August layoff last out, was bumped from both sides at the start, raced in sixth early on, made a good move to get into third but tired a bit late to finish a solid fourth, all set now with NW2L $7.5k claimers.
BEST BET: JO JO'S COMET: Three year old gelding was returning from a June layoff, tried the dirt for the first time in an off the turf race, showed good speed into the lane but had to settle for second late, likes the turf and fits well on either surface, stay close.
LONGSHOT: PRIME CUVEE: Four year old gelding was coming off a September layoff but stayed in the race despite it coming off the turf, showed good speed to the top of the lane but tired to finish sixth, got the needed conditioning and is ready for a move back to the turf.
COCONINO: Loves this turf course and was making her third start back off a June layoff, chased the pace early on and was still there to the top of the lane but tired to finish sixth, is better when she can come from off the pace, tab.
ERNA JILLION: Two year old gelding made his debut against $5k claimers last out, came out of the gate running, set a sharp pressured pace into the lane but came up 3/4's of a length short to the 1-2 favorite, keys your exotics next out.
KING OF THE SKY: Five year old gelding moved back to the turf last out, opened up a big lead down the backside, was still there into the lane but tired to finish third late; however that was a solid bounce back effort so follow.
PLATINUM RULES: Four year old filly came out of the gate running last out, set a sharp pace from the start and into the lane but came up a half-length short at 10-1, sharp now.
SERGE TO PARADISE: Four year old gelding was away in fourth early on, made a good move to get into second at the top of the lane but tired late to finish third behind the two favorites at 14-1, respect.
BEST BET: BETTER TO BE LUCKY: Four year old filly was coming off an August layoff last out when shipping in from Emerald Downs, broke from the rail, was bumped at the start, wasn't rushed up into contention and closed well to finish a solid second to the wire to wire favored winner at 15-1; tab.
LONGSHOT: ZURIZIP: Three year old gelding came out running, pressed the early pace, took over after a half mile in 44:4 but couldn't go with the leaders late tiring to finish third at 12-1; offers value right back.