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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.)

Tues, Jul 17

2) Mattyice - CT invader that has been off since the end of May, does change trainers but the owner remains the same; broke Mdn at first asking this year against the boys from 2 lengths back at 4 1/2 furlongs; RTW her next against her own sex in allow company at 4 1/2 again; faced a stakes winning monster in her last in Moonlight Song and ran respectable; possibly bred for turf, 7/8 questionable;only at a price

4) Lady Maukette - quitting speed on synthetics, won impressively on the switch to dirt in her first trip over our track ; could have some sprint speed to contend with tonight but may be stubborn enough to fight off her foes and repeat

5) Gang Boss - good works preceded his return race, when he rallied to finish 2nd to a 6/1 speed; this 7 yr old does have spaced out races but returns back for this in 15 days; several races early in his career indicate talent enough to beat these, more fit tonight as well 

Handicapping tip of the day: Judge horses from their wins, not their losses. Lots of runners give false reads when ill-situated, unlucky, off-form or over-matched. Defeats thus muddy the waters, while victories reveal true aptitude concerning distance, class, and running-style.. etc. Consequently, that's when thoroughbreds show their limitations. When they win.   Mark Patterson


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