Let’s assume the course will be as muddy today as it’s been all season, eliminating a few horses and elevating others. Earlier wet tracks suggest that horses with speed merit extra consideration.
Each of the three stakes races has very few horses that are solid in the class, a fact that limits the number of possible winners. Sister Charlene, with lots of lick and excellent mud form, may be a lock in the seventh race. In the eighth, Jeremy’s Song has not been off the board in 10 wet-track starts, but he may have to outfinish Exspecially, who just used up his conditions. In the eighth, Lower Valley Girl has blistering speed but dull mud form. Initial Melody has fine lines on off going.
Here are today’s selections:
FIRST: In the daily double, wheel the field to MYSTERY MESSAGE in the second race and pair GREAT PLAYER with CURRENT PLEASURE, FUNNYMONEY HABIT and B.D. CUBE ($20).
SECOND: $5 quinellas on MYSTERY MESSAGE with CURRENT PLEASURE and FUNNYMONEY HABIT ($10).
SEVENTH: $30 to win on SISTER CHARLENE.
EIGHTH: $10 to win on JEREMY’S SONG and $10 quinellas pairing him with KANKAKEE LORD, EXSPECIALLY and BY THE CROW ($30).
TENTH: Trifecta box of ARTICULATE, FLEET TRIAD, HUNTER’S BARBARIAN and ROUGHOUSER ($24).
Original bankroll: $2,000.
Saturday’s result: Lost $80.
Present bankroll: $1,546.30.