Ramblings aren’t always wagers.
It is frigid in north east Ohio – yesterday’s track seemed to play fairly; outside closers may have had an advantage.
Race 1 – Son of Candy Ride #5 RIDE THIS TRAIN cruised in his first trip here after facing better on the grass in Florida; other out-of-towners hike today’s challenge. Louisiana import #4 BAYOU ST JOHN scratched yesterday to show up here. #6 KEEPINYOURCHINUP is well traveled but competitive at every stop – 6*-5*-3-4* ($5.60)
Race 2 – Expect the unexpected when Ohio-bred claimers gather: #6 (PP7) R Dirteater returns to sprinting for a tag. Lone speed #3 GLORY TO THREE is the dangerous lone early speed. Usually competitive #8 (PP9) JOHNNY UTAH exits open company at his best distance – 4-8*-1-6* ($14.80)
Race 3 – Sharp breaker #10 BEARS GRACE should be very tough to catch if she clears the field early from her wide post in this short dash for the cash – 1-6-3-5 ($26.00)
Race 4 – #8 SPRING HEELED JACK went reluctantly last time after switching course while chasing “much the best” winner. Another veteran maiden runner #5 O’BANNON BOY was trapped inside for a half in the same race; running back to his best effort would get it done – 8*-2-9-5* ($6.60)
Race 5 – Claimed by the Sullivan camp when he dropped into conditioned races speedy #6 REAL LUCK is well spotted. #8 BIG FLIRT was closing powerfully last time – 6*-3-8*-1 ($3.20)
Race 6 – Nasty race to figure out; at least half the field looks “live” to this book: #9 MEDIA DARLING closed OK last time on surface that favored front runners. #6 AWESOME SWIRL broke her maiden in grand style along an unusualy kind rail. TD Houghton returns to #8 TEDDY’S PRAYER who has been working well for Shane Spiess trying to get his house back in order – 11-6*-9*-12 ($13.20)
Race 7 – #1 OUR SECRET PLACE quit after being checked on the turn last time; rushes back to action: tough post position. #4 TOUR THE TOWN was the fastest of theses in November but shows no activity since. Pick your poison; looks like a wild and crazy pick 4– 12-4*-5-3 ($9.00)
Race 8 – The finale at MVR is typically an adventure. Past performance logic isn’t always the solution to nailing the winner; don’t be afraid to jump on the day’s prevailing track bias: #8 MY STARS left herself plenty to do after stumbling out of the gate 06Jan when several of these clashed; closed “best of the rest.” #4 ANGELSMADISONGRACE held her place in front of MY STARS after a long duel with the winner that day – 8*-6-4*-4 ($5.60)