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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


Today’s Laurel feature is an allowance sprint that lacks much definition; inconsistent finishers and no clearly defined speed, making the 7-horse match-up a rider’s race to control.

When last he raced, Air On Fire (7-2) was a bit tentatively handled, giving away early position on that JUL 23 sprint before coming on with a willing rally to secure the place.

Since that effort, Young apprentice Charlie Marquez has gotten on a roll, winning with five of his last 15 rides, including four money finishes.

Today he goes postward for Damon Dilodovico, who’s 20% efficient with his sprinters and showing a profit despite saddling many starters to produce a worthy sampling. Further, he’s won with three of his last eight runners.

With his newly found confidence, we look for the youngster to give his mount a vigorous warm-up to put him in the game earlier and not to be hindered by a dawdling pace. We look for a mid-race move that would suit today’s dynamics very well.

Taking Air On Fire to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Ready and Rich (5-1) who has raised his game since the Lacey Gaudet claim.

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  1. Maybe tthe best defense is a good offensive play. I added the ML favorite #5 Absolved into the mix with your 6 & 2 just for the fun of it. Married on 5-2-6 I was in ’79 so I am drawn, for a buck more, to the fifty cent trifecta box. Absolved, go and sin no more, Riders Up!

  2. I’ve written this before, the costliest sin bettors can make are bets of omission, not commission. You have the right idea for your style of play. May yours and all horses have a safe and speedy journey today…

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