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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, August 22


CALL TIGER: Veteran remained popular at the claim box, this time going to trainer P. Aristone (19% wins this year) for $5k following latest third-place effort; notches overdue 13th lifetime score before long.

SHARPANDWITTY: Gained wide to pick up fifth in her latest, and now has a pair of races in her since back from December absence; course experience gained in latest should help for next time.

TIME FOR SPRING: Chased and faded late when fourth in his latest; sharp P. Farro barn showed confidence in trying ALW level off the claim, so that keeps our attention here.

ALBERTINA: Didn't show much when sixth in her latest on turnback to six-furlong trip, but prior form was solid; sharper for next time.

NANAJA: Should only move forward following fourth-place finish after breaking a step slow in her latest return from lengthy absence; goes for very solid G. Preciado barn.

4*SPECIAL: WAR BELLS: Chased wide and couldn't rally when it counted when third of five on slight class drop for her latest; proves worthy $7,5k-claim for trainer L. Bouchard.

LONGSHOT: KAY ONE: Dueled and weakened to fifth when making his second start following claim/brief respite; can surprise the right group if able to shake free early.


GOLD MAGIC: Shot free on the pace and came up second-best when beaten as the favorite in her latest; speedy sort can get third lifetime score at currently reduced class level.

A J'S FORTUNE: Withstood pace pressure and gamely prevailed for score over five rivals for his second straight win since back from brief break; hat trick in sight.

MALACRIANZA: Broke slowly and raced well back early in his racing debut, but then did pick up the pace in the lane to finish fifth in useful run at turf route; juvenile son of War Chant would seem to have upside.

DEVIOUS D'ORO: Rallied to finish second, beaten only a neck, as the choice in her latest; daughter of Medaglia d'Oro has finished in the exacta in half of her 10 lifetime starts, and figures a solid play.

STREET CALL: Showed some life with third-place finish on move back to the dirt for his latest, and should be able to crack NW2L condition with local foes; always solid C. Nafzger barn.

RHINESTONE DIVA: Rated just off the pace, took over with strong move, and drove clear for solid score in her latest; obvious candidate for repeat.

NORTH BY NORTHLITE: Fought it out on the pace and weakened when it counted in fourth-place finish at 3-2 favored price by way of AP for her latest; another chance for solid K. Gorder barn.

BRIGADA: Hasn't raced since first local try in mid-July when she pressed pace and faded to fifth; solid works since have her ready for improved effort.

GREY V TRAIN: Worked five furlongs from the gate on August 15 here in anticipation of racing debut; 3YO son of Marino Marini commanded $30k as a yearling, so seems worth following.

4*SPECIAL: MY FASHION: Got back to turf for her fourth lifetime start and responded with maiden romp over eight rivals; right back with winners in upcoming third start of current form cycle.

LONGSHOT: LEAD THE LINE: Flattened out from outside chasing spot, but did manage a fair fifth of eight when asked to try turf mile at first asking; moves forward, and offers value for winning B. Cox barn.

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