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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


With a forecast calling for sunny skies, we go to the turf course for Friday’s eighth event, fillies and mares going a mile and a sixteenth, on paper a wide open affair.

Did we mention wide open?

Well, it has a limit field with most contenders returning from a Covid layoff; the other cheese that binds is a race where the best fillies are speed or presser types, the the one who interests us is drawn way outside.

In this case, it’s the bad and the good news. With speed to her inside, Jabuticaba (9-2), assuming a clean break, can gain an stalking position into the first turn, settle just off the leader(s)–if not in front herself–and move when Jevian Toledo chooses.

Toledo has guided her to the circle twice in his most recent rides, and this first-time four-year-old maturity-angle miss, trained by the more than able Phil Schoenthal finds herself well spotted in the contentious group.

A Horse for Course, 3-for-5, she’s also a distance specialist, winning three of four attempts while posting a 2-for-8 mark doing anything else. In either case, she likes her work.

The race we’re keying off is Laurel RACE 3 from SEP 28. Check out the Laurel Park Live Video and watching that stalking victory and decide whether you agree. I will be all in.

We’re taking Jabuticaba to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with speedy, class dropper Tass (4-1) and older mare Wildcat Cartridge (12-1), a tactical-finish pole sitter from a top layup outfit, Mark Salvaggio’s, with Victor Carrasco in the boot.

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