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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, July 25

4) Sunny Mills : Good tries higher conditions Pen; brave effort on engine local bow; soft pace looms, helps cause

7) Search Warrant : Clear improvement second off bench; change back to dirt of benefit, with both scores coming on conventional; aced first assignment for trainer, which we always like to see

9) Sigment : Scored three-back tougher oval; freshened, displays solid drill; slowish breaks reccurent, which wide post from chute can remedy


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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