Thistledown 8/7

Race 1: #6 CHANG appears to be back in shape following long break. Her last trip bests this group. 4-3-6*-2 ($4.20)

Race 2: The Vernino pair (#2, 2b) seem the best suited at this distance. scratch 2b; 2*3-1-5 ($4.60)

Race 3: #3 SCHOMBERG  returns to winning connections post clunker. Race of the day. None would surprise. 6-2-3*-1 ($5.00)

Race 4: #2 OHIO GOLD outfinished #5 COQUETONA last time and may get the pace advantage again this afternoon. Trainers Troy Green and Wayne Minnock make their first 2017 appearances in Cleveland. 5*-4-2*-6 ($5.00)

Race 5: If fit, #3 SULTRY TOWN CAT is fast enough. #5 PEKINESA will enjoy the distance and class relief. 4-5*-6-1 ($10.20)

Race 6: #5 BELLAMY JONES eased by this field, minus the shippers, on July 22. 5*-4-3-7 ($3.80)

Race 7: Hoping that #4 FLARING STAR will relish firm footing. She hasn’t gone two turns on a fast track since January but goo and slop have been good to her. 5-4*-1-3 ($14.20)

Race 8: #8 MANNFORD exits one of the quickest 6f Ohio-bred dashes here this season. That tune-up should get him rolling through Ohio conditions; Asmussen trusts Ricardo Feliciano today. Field features plenty of early pace; Jockey Jane’s tactics on her cutback runner will be interesting. 7-6-8*-9 ($11.80)

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