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Thursday, May 07, 2015


Chad Brown Takes Over


Sometimes there's an opportunity to take a runner on ability and faith--the belief there may be more talent inside. Such is the case in today's Belmont turf featured 8th race.

When Takeover Target (5-2) won his debut, he was visually impressive and won in turf style, picking up the tempo with each succeeding quarter mile. And the manner in which he defeated 11 rivals was fairly stunning for a baby making his first start.

Chad Brown colt has been training right along in SoFla since March now makes his first start at three on the same lawn, albeit different course, over which he broke his maiden. Irad Ortiz is taking the return call.

Taking Takeover Target to win, no price restrictions, and boxing the exacta with the experienced, fast and class tested Zandar (4-1).


Number of Selections since 2008: 1739

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 523-333

Amount Wagered: $3,478 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,581.10

Profit to Date: $103.10


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Wednesday, May 06, 2015


Tapping Out on Goldberg Filly In Belmont Turf Feature


Today Belmont offers the first of three consecutive turf features this week and today's is a beaut--if like inscrutable puzzles that is.

Literally, I could make a case for all eight turf runners (there's one MTO), from 5-2 Path to 12-1 grass debuting, Diannestillworks.

However, we've settled on Tap It Out (7-2), from the Alan Goldberg barn that's 2-for-2 at the young meet. Away since February, she's won 1 of 3 grass starts and exits the fastest of those, in which she had a tough trip through the lane.

She can race close to the pace whatever the fractions and can kick strongly late as well. The switch to Johnny V. augurs well and her tricky outside draw at this distance will leave Johnny with plenty of option. The price should be fair.

Taking Tap It Out to win at early line odds or greater, key boxing exactas with multiple turf winning Josdesanimeaux (3-1) and U.S. debut making Easy Feeling (5-1), adding Shug returnee Path to the super-exotics mix.


Number of Selections since 2008: 1738

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 523-332

Amount Wagered: $3,476 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,581.10

Profit to Date: $105.10


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Sunday, May 03, 2015


Classy Returnee for New Trainer Motion in Parx Feature


In today's featured 8th race at Parx, Lunarwave (5-1), who has been away since 2013, acted like a special 2-year-old when last seen at Saratoga in the summer of 2013. In fact, he finished third in the G1 Hopeful; but today he makes his first start for trainer Graham Motion, an ace with horses coming back from long layups.

It's as much on play on Motion as it is on the now 4-year-old. Taking Lunarwave to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Queenqueg (9-2), back to reality here going turf to dirt and returning to the surface over which he broke his maiden.

Number of Selections since 2008: 1737

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 522-332

Amount Wagered: $3,474 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,570.50

Profit to Date: $96.50

The Parx feature is the linchpin of today's special 123bet Pick 6 at Parx, via special promotional arrangement with 123gaming.com. For an analysis of today's final six races from Parx, click on the handicapping blog section at http://www.123bet.com.

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