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By Don Phillips Jr — Saturday, January 2 —


Race 1:

1-#4 Knockout Punch

2-#2 Scorpion Dynasty

Race 2:

1-#3 Elite Speed

2-# 5 Mani Pedi

Race 3:

1-#6 Money Ride**

2-#5 Instinctive Rhythm

Race 4:

1-#7 Z’finale

2-#8 Ringgood

Race 5:

1-#10 Creative Style

2-#4 Lucky Ramsey

Race 6:

1-#2 No Payne

2-#9 Hip Number One

Race 7:

1-#4 Perceived

2-#1 First Line

Race 8:

1-#5 Stan The Man

2-#2 Drafted

Race 9:

1-#12 Doubly Blessed*

2-#9 Beachside

** Best Bet      Since being claimed by Michael Miceli on September 27th, Money Ride has been much sharper in his last three starts, winning two and was a hard luck sixth when he was pinched back at the start then 3 and 7 wide throughout the race only to lose by three lengths at the same distance and classification. With a better start he should destroy this group.

 * Best Value  Doubly Blessed faced much better in his last two races and performed adequately. Now Mike Maker drops him significantly for a tag. Son of Empire Maker is sitting on a big race.

HRI Handicapping contributor Don Phillips has been analyzing horse races and sports contests professionally at myriad publications for over 30 years. He will be providing a Best Bet and Best Value play daily in his At the Races feature from the Big A

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