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Race 3- Allowance Optional Claiming $75,000 (Purse - $54,500)

11 terrific 3-year-old male runners are slated to go five furlongs on the turf in what should be an incredible meet. #5 Remaster has run extremely well throughout his young career having recorded seven straight top 3 finishes. The Irish horse, who has two victories at this distance, is coming off a third-place finish against $50,000 starters he last time out. #6 Gran Old Parr is looking for a third straight victory. Gran Old Parr is making his first start for trainer Mike Maker after he was claimed for $16,000 on June 28, which he won at the distance of five-furlongs. #10 Allegedly Perfect has two wins -- both at this distance -- in his last three starts, which includes edging out Remaster at this level and distance at the end of June. #1 Citrus Burst, a son of Into Mischief, is stepping up in competition after an impressive third-place finish in a $25,000 optional claimers at this distance.

Picks: I like a winning bet on the #5. I also like an exacta box of #5, #6, #10.



Race 6 - Maiden Claiming $50,000 -$40,000 (Purse - $39,000)

Eight 3-year-old male runners, including two first-timers, will go six furlongs. #8 Catch On Emotional, who owns an early ESpeed pace of 87, will likely try to set the pace as he did in his last out which resulted in a third-place finish after tiring in the stretch at this distance and level. That race was Catch On Emotional’s first at the claiming level as he debuted with a fifth-place finish in the special weight class. #6 Chamberlain drops down to the claiming class after not getting a sniff of a result in five races in the special division level. Chamberlain possesses good speed and ran decently well previously at this distance. But more importantly, he put up a strong training effort two weeks ago -- going four furlongs in 46.63 seconds. There are several horses that will be competing hard for the final spots on the ticket but I’m going with #5 Mascabroni, a son of Hard Spun and #4 Extra Dough, who is racing on the dirt for the first time. #3 R Private Jet is also worth considering as he is racing in claiming division for the first time as well.

Picks: I like a winning bet on the #8. I also like a show bet on #6 and #4. In addition, I will place a trifecta box bet of #8, #3, #4, #6.



Race 9 - Maiden Claiming #25,000 - $20,000 (Purse - $29,000)

10 3-to-5-year-old male runners will go one and one-sixteenth miles on the grass in what should be a competitive race. #5 Alastor drops down into the maiden claiming division after failing to finish in the money in either of his two special weight class races. It wasn’t that the 3-year-old son of Wicked Strong didn’t run well, it is because he was outclassed. Trained Saffie A. Joseph will have Miguel Vasquez in the saddle for Alastor, who has been training well lately which includes going four-furlongs in 47.95 seconds in his last training session. Alastor is returning to the grass after racing on Gulfstream’s main track and is going this distance for the first time.#10 Suleman had a lot of trouble finding room throughout his initial race but closed well to get fourth, just two lengths behind the winner, in a mile meet at this level on the turf. Suleman also has trained well for Antonio Sano. #3 Robin Team Show has shown improvement since moving over to the claiming division three races ago, reaching the podium in both events. The 3-year-old son of Tapizar has also found the turf to be more to his liking as he moved up for a place, from seventh, down the stretch against $32,000-to-$30,000 claimers in his last outing.


Picks: I like a win bet on the #5. I also like a show bet on the #3.

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