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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.)


Wed, Sept 20

1) Pleasant Outlook: Not sure if Alexander Hamilton suffered as much from dueling; winless grass, but scores high for fighting on despite depleted reserves;pair of stout efforts to far superior last month; more pedestrian tempo on deck; turf only

2) El Bonito: Skips condition, but may possess requisite class; beyer jump first grasser, and that heading more inclusive..overmatched other field trip, as well...good try local turf vs quality foes; turf only

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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