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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.)

Wednesday, May 23

1) Jaxbradenrishi - WV bred 3 time winner that gets in under the WV clause that restricted races don't count against him; fine at the distance, has speed but can stay within striking distance and still score; has a win over our track and comes from a reliable barn (dirt only) 

2) Try Me Again - beaten in his last by a Vashenko 2nd time starter, that may be very talented,in from Haw; likes the distance and stays close early in most of his races; could find himself on the lead in this no speed spot 

4) Wooley Allen - comes out of an extremely tough race in which the first two finishers had 24 or 25 wins between them; has speed but at this 5/8 distance shows a win from just off the pace against lifetime allow company here at Mtn; Barbaran back up tonight

6) One Better - returns to the Mtn, has finished first at the wire in both of his races over our track, both at this flat mile distance; in good form, for trainer very successful with his ship ins to our WV oval 

Handicapping tip of the day: Don't bet until the last minute. And be realistic about probable closing odds. With whales pumping it in at most racetracks, and wise-guy wannabes attempting mind games, win-pools fluctuate wildly these days. So, if you are too pleased with the price on your selection, it's probably too good to be true. Avoid deluding yourself that your insights are unique. Anticipate late tote-corrections and proceed accordingly.  And count on most win- pools changing complexion very late.     Mark Patterson


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