We finished Saturday’s card on a roll, capturing the last 4 races and hitting some nice exotics along the way. We will try to keep that momentum going today. Here’s a closer look at today’s card:

1st: 4-3-2-5…Draxhall Woods (4) was claimed out of his last race for $15,000 by the “sharp” outfit of Joe Sharp. That was on Jan. 15. Now, he gets the drop to $7,500 after running fifth in that one. The trainer wins with .31% of those dropping down this far, and he may improve, too, with the cut back in distance. Only has one win in the last 12 races, but has never been this low before. Risky try, but worth it? Notimeforthat (3) is another getting a huge class drop today. This 5YO gelding hasn’t seen a straight claiming race that I can tell. Works have been OK, and trainer have a good meet. Jockey has won with 20% of the 25 rides he has gotten in this barn. That’s double the normal win percent for both the trainer and the rider. Take note. Wildwood Dejavu (2) was claimed for cheaper last time out, and now gets the bump up. That is a more traditional route than the preferred choice, and this trainer wins with .12% of the first time after the acquisition. Picks up a solid rider, and will push the pace from the get-go today. Dangerous. I bet the 4 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in the exacta.

2nd: 3-7-5-4-9…Star Performer (3) will get back to the turf today after being washed off of it the last time. Ran a solid 1-mile on debut, and then spit the bit early in the lone dirt try. Gets a huge drop in class for this one, too, and the trainer scores with .25% of those making their first start in the claiming ranks. Jockey has hit with .36% of his mounts for this barn. Should be close to the pace today. My first Best Bet of the Day right here. The runner-up spot goes to Saintly Cry (7), who will be dropping in the claiming ranks for the first time, as well. This trainer hits with .33% of those types. Rider has won with 2 of 3 rides for this barn this meet. Although the trainer does not do well with switching from dirt to turf (.07%), this filly has run twice previously over the sod and I think she is bred for it. Backstage Star (5) will get her second career start today, and, like the two above, she will be getting class relief, as well. Ran evenly on debut back in December, and the trainer does well with this kind of layoff. I bet the 3 to win/place/show and then key the 3 over/under all the numbers listed in the exactas.

3rd: 7-1-6-5…Taichung Bobby (7) is a son of Shanghai Bobby, and I am a fan of the stallion. This guy ran really well on debut and then had some traffic issues the second time out. Now, gets a class drop and will stretch out to a distance that I think he will prefer. Look for improvement out of this one today, if the rider can avoid the trouble. Silver Giant (1) woke up a bit in his last try and a similar effort today will make him competitive with this group. Trainer has bee a bit chilly this meet, but knows his way around a barn and may be ready to fire with this guy. The rail has been golden all meet, but the 1-post has won at a .28% rate at this distance this meet. Hold On Angel (6) has recorded 2 second place finishes out of the last three races, and is the likely one to beat. Will press the pace, and the shorter distance for him today may be the trick. I have to use. I bet the 7 across the board and then box the top 3 numbers in the exacta.

4th: 3-8-11-4-1A-1-6…Path of David (3) is another solid choice for me today. This 5YO gelding has hit the board in two of the last 3 tries, and picks up one of the hottest riders on the grounds today in Florent Geroux — who is 7-5-1 in 28 mounts over the last week. The trainer scores with .36% of those returning as a beaten favorite, and he just missed in his last try going a 11/16-mile over the grass. Shortens up to a mile today, and that should help, as well. Needs a “path” late, as he is a true closer. Tito Tonight (8) has to be considered, since Tito’s Handmade Vodka has been a sponsor of ours from the beginning and they do have the best drink on the market. This guy is trained by Tom Amoss, who will put his buddy Joe Bravo in the saddle. They have teamed up to win with .41% of their 17 mounts together this meet. Amoss claimed this one the last time out for top owner Maggi Moss, and the trainer wins with .27% of first timers after the purchase. Another must use. Prima Storm (11) gets stuck way wide and that’s no margin on this grass course. But he does have good speed, and, with a good break, he may be able to clear early and save some ground. Has 3 seconds in a row and goes for a top trainer/owner. Can’t dismiss with this kind of early lick. I bet the 3 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in one exacta, and then key the top 3 over the rest in a smaller version.

5th: 6-3-7-1-5…I give a “dot” to Curlin’s Honor (6) in this spot and make him the second Best Bet of the Day. This son of Curlin was one of the most impressive first time starters I saw all of 2017, when he broke his maiden going 6-furlongs at Keeneland last October. Came running late in that one with a mighty rush and beat a good one in Fasciliatator. It may be too late in the game to get this one ready for the Triple Crown, but he has that kind of potential, and is worth you watching and taking notes today. Carlsbad (3) is sure to make the return to the races tough on the top one, though. This son of Distorted Humor broke his maiden here in January, and returns today for his second try for the barn of Steve Asmussen. He was well-bet in the debut, and he returned the faith with a clear and convincing win. He has more early speed, it appears, than our top pick, and will have to be caught. Private Eye (7) has run up against some good ones in his early career, so far. He has faced the likes of Retirement Fund, Principe Guilherme, Promises Fulfilled and Grandpa Knows Best — all of whom have real talent. Now, Private Eye catches two more talents today. May not be able to beat them, but is sure to be competitive. I bet the 6 to win/place/show and then key the 6 over (only) the other numbers in the exactas. This guy could be a special one.

6th: 3-6-2-8-5-1…Tigers Rule (3) has not been seen in the afternoon since losing the G3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes by a button nose in one of the toughest beats I’ve seen in awhile. The winner of that one was Flameaway — who just so happened to win the Sam F. Davis Stakes over Catholic Boy about a month ago. Tigers Rule has been working well for the return, and, if fit enough off those, should be awfully tough in this 11/16-mile test over the grass. Shadow Sphinx (6) nearly won his debut over the sod in his last try here on Feb. 3. Ended up third that day, but was beaten less than a length for all of it. Now, wheels right back for the same connections — who have heated up. The trainer/jock have combined to win 3 of 6 over the last week. Shared Value (2) will get the saddle from Tom Amoss, who has selected Joe Bravo to ride this one today. As mentioned before, they have been lights out together this meet, and the trainer will yank the blinkers off the horse today. He scores with .30% of those losing the glasses. Before trying them in the last race, this guy had hit the board in three of the previous 4 races. Could be tough coming from mudpack. I bet the 3 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in one exacta, and then key the top 3 over the rest in a smaller version.

7th: 1-7-8-2-4-3…Actress On Board (1) is the 8-5 favorite in the ML, and should be, considering that she has run three seconds out of the last four races. But given that she has had so many chances to date, the question begs: does she really want to find a way to win? I think she finds it today. In three of those races, she caught a sloppy racetrack. I think she may prefer it dry, and if she finds a fast surface, she may just speed off and not to be caught. Special Blessing (7) ran second in her last try for Bret Calhoun, who is having a solid meeting. She will be stretching out for the first time today, and the trainer is OK with that angle (.14%). Nice work here on Feb. 15 indicates she may be ready to fire. Meg Fitz (8) had a super work over this track on Feb. 19 and picks up a huge rider switch for this one today. Do not be surprised, at all, to see this gal make a serious run in this spot — especially if the track is fast. I bet the 1-8 across the board and then box the top 3 numbers in the exactas.

8th: 3-8-11-10-9-1A-1…Svindahl (3) was beaten over 50 lengths in his last try here on Feb. 11. Wow. But that was a race originally scheduled to go on the grass and was washed off and over to a sloppy racetrack. Obviously, this guy disdained that going, and now gets back to the sod today. Before the last race debacle, he had a win, a third and two fourths against tougher company. Plug Catcher (8) is another who should really likes this company — as he did in the last, when he won going away at the wire. This stalker/closer will need some racing luck and an opening late, but has the talent to move these down again. Private Party (11) gets a huge class drop from a trainer having a real good meet here. This is a speedster who just recently was switched over to the grass. Nice win two back and found the company a little too stiff in the last one. Back to a level that he could try to take wire-to-wire today. I bet the 3 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in the exacta.

9th: 5-8-3-6-7-4…Suppose So (5) gets a huge class drop to the basement today and that’s the lowest level this one has ever seen in her 25-race career. Should appreciate the relief, but this one nearly won here in December, when beaten just a neck for $17,500. If she can find that form again? Hot Yankee (8) is another one getting the plunge today. Never seen this level before, either. She only has one win in her last 16 tries, but looks to fit here. Alivia’s Lion (3) is yet another class dropper today. This deep closer will need some racing room, but may light up the board a little at 8-1 ML odds. I bet the 5 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in one exacta, and then key the top 3 over the rest in a smaller version.

Good Luck & All the Bet/Gene