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Not only is the G2 Sands Point difficult predict in terms of deciding who will win it, but it’s not even easy to know where the pace will come from.

There are horses with front-running style in here but the pace in two turn races is often so slow that whoever falls out on the lead generally goes on with it. Talk about playing it off the break…

We approached it looking for a filly we deem the most likely to improve and that appears to be Olenden (5-1), making her third U.S. start for Chad Brown, who also saddles likely ante post favorite New And Improved (5-2).

Olenden hasn’t been seen since AUG 2 at Saratoga when the new blinkers she added made her crazy rank and the soft pace only exacerbated the issue. She simply would not come back to Jose Ortiz.

It’s Manny Franco’s problem today, and a solution may come from the fact the blinkers are off, a profitable 39% angle for this barn. And Olenden is working just fine without them, every week. including a recent sharp breeze after shipping south from Saratoga.

We’re taking Olenden to win at 3-1 or greater, and key-boxing exactas with her stablemate and turn-back Dyna Passer (7-2).

YESTERDAY: Hotshot Anna was a late scratch

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