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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


Today’s featured eighth race at Laurel for three year old fillies NX1 allowances is an interesting one in which we’ve narrowed the choices down to two and each is coming off a trip that would made one suspect victory next out. Which one? That’s a lot more difficult to assess.

The question is if handicappers prefer a filly coming back in eight days, moving up in class because she showed extraordinary ability winning last out. Both efforts are fastest on the Thoro-Graph scale. The issue is the quality of the horses she beat.

Clearly, trainer Richard Silliman is showing extreme confidence with this placement. Pretty Edgy (9-5) has a chance of simply being too good for this group.

Then there’s Combat Queen (5-2) who would have won her last had she been able to secure racing room sooner. Shuffled back on the rail nearing headstretch, she bulled her way out, put in a strong run but was unable to catch a rival who got first run. And Team Trombetta/Pimentel are hot now.

We’re forced to wager on Silliman’s confidence and the consummate each of ‘Edgy’s’ victory, showing an electric turn of foot to swoop the group at the turn, changed leads on cue and crossed the wire with energy in reserve. Check out the Laurel Park Live Video RACE 2 and FEB 28 on the homepage.

We’ll take Pretty Edgy to win at no lower than 6-5, an exacta box with Combat Queen, and will sprinkle price shot Virginia Beach (12-1), the “other Trombetta,” into the super-exotics mix.

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