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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


Today’s eighth race feature is interesting because not only is there a variety of running styles but for the fact I’m pleased I’m not responsible for making the early line for the difficulty in isolating the proper favorite.

Two fillies won their debuts and return here but each went wire to wire and while one does have experience at today’s always-tricky and difficult seven furlongs, but that final furlong in 14 seconds doesn’t generate much confidence.

Grudgingly, we’ve narrowed it down to three and we’re excluding those debut wire winners rated at 3-1 and 4-1 for their returns.

Frosty Brew (7-2) has a license to be the “best horse.” She won her debut stylishly from off the pace at Laurel and Shug McGaughey was sufficiently impressed to move her into graded company at the Big A going long. But after a fitful beginning, she faded to last with Javier Castellano taking care of her late.

But she returned showing high early speed at today’s trip, was pressed on the turn and stayed fairly well behind an undefeated filly that paid $2.50 straight. She breeze sharply, gets first Lasix and Javier sticks.

Cancel This (10-1) is interesting for the courage she showed winning a tough 6-1/2 furlong allowances in which she was bounced around a bit at the start and twice at the top and in deep stretch. After a one mile conditioner over the track, she turns back suitably and attracts Saez. Like we said, interesting.

We will box those fillies in exactas and will take Rapturous (5-1) straight. Boasting a (5) 3-1-1 slate in Hallandale, she’s making her third start off a layup coming off a sharp placing at an unsuitable 5-1/2 furlongs.

She has tactical speed, which should put her in the game early and come with late run when she gets her cue from Luca Panici, the only rider she’s ever known. Kathleen O’Connell makes a living off her allowance types.

And, so, as stated, a three-horse exacta box seeking value and a straight play on Rapturous to win at 4-1 or greater.

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