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LAUREL PARK LIVE-OCT 29

As we’re looking at a somewhat ominous weather forecast for Thursday’s feature, a 5-1/2 furlongs turf sprint, we’ve got a pair of three-year-olds in mind, one for grass and the other if the race is rescheduled to a wet main track. First things first:

Now I understand that when Fair Catch (5-1) ran off the screen to victory on OCT 10, it was at the expenses of N2L’s at the $16,000 claiming level.

But we’re from the Parcells School of Handicapping which says that your performance figure tells you what present class you’re in. Well, he jumped up big time, earning a competitive figures as 3-year-olds in the fall often will do.

He stalked a rapid pace and kept right on going showing his affinity for turf, especially the Laurel grass course, a win that kept him undefeated in two starts on this course and at this trip. Luis Garcia takes a return call from Bruno Tessore.

On dirt, it’s the same sophomore-big-figure story as Main-Track-Only Ego Man (5-2) ships in for Jorge Duarte, a clever ship-in horsemen, who just missed in his Delaware finale, a race that’s coming up live.

He has speed but owns tactical kick, too, and attracts Jevian Toledo, and the gelded son of Constitution figures to love off going if presented with such as scenario.

On dirt, we’ll take Ego Man to win with no price restrictions. But should this race remain on turf, which is our price, will accept 3-1 or more straight on Fair Catch and an exacta box with Quarky (5-2).

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