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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, Jul 18

2) Gee Pea Ess - comes out of an extremely tough, swift 3 life allow in his last in which he was part of a very heated speed duel and the race was won from midpack by a 9/5 shot that is now 3 for 3 here on grass; prefers these short sprints, a turf winner and may be quick enough to grab the lead tonight; keep in mind though he does jump a condition for this   

3) Points in Indy - WV bred that ran outside the program to score by 9 lengths in his last when dropping to the 4k, comes right back for this bottom tag but gets the WV restriction tonight; has speed could repeat, for barn enjoying their best season yet

5) Harper Sophia - Ky bred that started her career off at Indy last season, then off until her last at Ellis in which she showed speed on quick fractions and faded; decent works and should be more fit in this 2nd start off of layup

9) Backlash - caught in his last by a horse from the 3 path, when down inside on what we thought was a negative rail; has speed and could top this field; Barker and Quinones win together 28% of the time they team up together

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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