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Selections subject to change due to late scratches, track condition, unanticipated track-bias, or other emergent factors. (And then there’s our shameless waffling.)


Sun, Nov 26.... our final day of racing in 2017

1) Feelin Great -  this 6 time winner, started his career out with a bang,taking down several wins in a row early in his career, has been kept mainly to state restricted allowance company, earning over 136k, now drops to the bottom level, and gets to run against never won 3, nonrestricted foes (because of the WV eligibility clause); will not see any Chasin Rushes or Bebopaleons in here for the 5k   

2) Buddy Be Good - its been a while since Buddy has been eligible for this 2 in 12 month condition, drops out of open 7500 and starter company; has speed enough to stay close, if not on the lead; likes our course, with 8 wins at Mnr

4) Jimmu - comes out of a two in 6 month condition in which he chased a speed from the Radosevich barn that returned to win his next and now drops into this 2 in 12 month spot this evening; tactical and does have 2 wins at Mnr from 4 attempts





Handicapping tip of the day: Try to beat talking heads. Few possess real chops, and the selections of those that do have genuine insight get over-bet.  If the analyst seems sharp and has built a solid rep, absorb local knowledge and learn from the commentary. But play your own picks. It's more fun and gratifying, and you'll get better prices. When Mnr is dark, I grind out steady profits playing other tracks ( focus on just 1 or 2, and treat them like a job).  But the next tv analyst I listen to will be the first. In fact, I kill the sound. And I'm not a lip-reader.        


                   Mark Patterson


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