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LAUREL PARK LIVE-AUG 22

Could possibly see two consecutive days of turf racing at Laurel Park, hope so, anyway, because this one is contentious with an opportunity for value.

It appears that the Steve Asmussen runner, Break Curfew (5-2) is a legitimate favorite since she seems to have found a new home on grass; her second effort here was clearly better than her first. Form and connections should guarantee favoritism.

But Beacon of Truth (9-2) may turn out to be the better filly even if she broke maiden recently at the claiming level. Yes, she did so on a sloppy main track but that also came with the addition of blinkers. At fair odds, we’ll bet it was the blinkers.

She does have turf experience. In her recent debut, however, she was quite green and was off poorly, virtually eliminating any chance. Dropping far back early and continuing to race greenly, she stayed one pace and was never a threat.

But she was 2-1 favorite on debut, so the money was based on evidence not readily apparent on the form. As a three-year-old, she gets a weight concession from the major players and the class rise should ensure more than fair odds.

Taking Beacon of Truth to win at 4-1 or greater, key-boxing exactas using Asmussen’s filly and Coconut Cake (7-2), a wide- rally maiden breaker vs. turf claimers, earning an excellent Thoro-Graph figure for live connections–Tim Keefe and Kevin Gomez.

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