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Picks made today for sloppy track and off turf
3. Dorfman: Was a Chok’s Choice early in the meet — gets class relief and is rested.
4. No Richie: Interesting was claimed by Morley off a nice win in last over a winner.
5. Plug Catcher: Can seemingly run all day and well suited for this marathon distance.
4. Tabadool: A claim back by trainer Sharp with often points to a winning effort.
IF OFF TURN: 9-3
7. Lucky Inferno: Caught a sloppy track and got bumped in last while 4-wide — not ideal.
8. Connor Clark: Comes out of same race as top choice — was also wide on turns.
3. Overruling: Strictly a turf horse and throw out last two races on dirt and fits well.
9. Mardi Gras Mask: Like the cut back here for a horse that looks like a sprinter.
IF OFF TURF: 7-1
1. Fashion’s Touch: Needed last — was bet a little and showed early speed now gets rail.
2. Ava Atticus: No disgrace in last lost betting next horse by six lengths so fits here.
5. Windy City Girl: Trainer rarely wins with first time starter but this one can run.
2. Dot Notation: Fell in last effort but moves to the hot barn of Brad Cox for this.
IF OFF TURF: 11-8
9. Samargo: Gets the outside post that produced two wins over the track this meet.
7. Full Heart: Takes another drop down and after showing speed might be enough for win.
2. In the Navy: Gets back to turf so disregard last effort on dirt and this one fits well.
7. Ninety One Assault: Out of same race as top choice gets Bravo to ride back a positive.
IF OFF TURF: 11-12
7. From Now On: Blinker experiment must not have worked — off they come for this try.
1. Social Cat: Gets the rail and Calvin Bo “Rail” — trainer very good first time starters.
Around the track
Likely to be off turf and sloppy Sunday so check the off turf selections underneath. Champion older mare Unbridled Forever has returned to the worktab at the Fair Grounds. A few weeks ago at the Eclipse Awards the Dallas Stewart trained Breeder’s Cup winner was named champion older mare winning a prestigious Eclipse Award. The six-year-old mare worked a leisurely four furlongs and trainer Dallas Stewart indicated a trip to Dubai for the $10 million Dubai World Cup might be the target in late March.
Our best bet today will be in Race 3 No. 7 Lucky Inferno. Should run well on a dry track today for trainer Asmussen.
Good luck and may they all come home safely.