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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


As the HRI Faithful already know, we love turf racing — except when jockeys allow loose speed on a ridiculously early lead. That said, turf horses hold their form longer.

While today’s fourth race has drawn seven horses, a solid case can be made for four of them to win.

Busy Morning (5-2) comes off an impressive score for the white hot Jorge Abreau shed and is pole sitting.

Lady Cha Cha (6-1) is a 3YO vs. older but never has taken a backward step on the Thoro-Graph scale and gets anywhere from 4 to 6 pounds from the major contenders.

Crimson Princess (3-1) is consistently fastest and Mike Maker is on a roll at present.

But we’re taking Where’s Emma (6-1) who enters this with plenty of upside. First of all, there’s the maturity angel as she makes her 4YO debut and does so for a new barn, that of turf ace Jimmy Toner.

Last year she made two starts for Shug McGaughey and paired up competitive figure. Don’t know the reason for the barn change, owner Joseph Allen’s decision or Toner, who also trains for Allen, standing in for Shug who has shipped north. Either way works for me.

Toner is profitable when using Edgard Zayas, 16% profitable on the trainer change, and pedigree screams two turns on grass.

Taking Where’s Emma at early line odds or greater–certainly not lower that 5-1 barring late scratches–and key-boxing exotics with the three named above.

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