The Fair Grounds will be kicking back up on Thursday, with a nice card of 9 races. And, I am proud to announce, have switched over to using the BRISNET handicapping products. As one might expect, it has taken me a bit longer to find my educational materials and their proper location, but I will tell you that I am amazed by the amount of information stuck in on each horse. You can find all the handicapping info you need at  I hope you give it a try. I’m finding it to be entertaining, educational and informative.

Here is a closer look at the events:

1st: 6-7-1-8…Golden Argument (6) comes into this Maiden-Claiming Event for Louisiana-breds off a 5th place finish, but that was at a higher level at Delta Downs. Two back ran a fast-closing third and was second the time before that at Louisiana Downs. Picks up a top rider for this one, and the trainer does well with 2YO (.20%). Aint There No More (7) gets a little class relief for this try, and finally gets to face only Louisiana-breds for the first time. Both of those should help this son of Due Date, who did turn in a nice work here on Nov. 28. Could jump up. May Pal Kay (1) picks up a hot rider for this occasion and that may be enough in this group. I bet the 7 (take note) to win/place/show and then box the 6-7 solidly in one exacta.

2nd: 3-1-5-2-7…Tinabud (3) goes for a barn that has been hot all year long, and doesn’t look like it is ready to slow down any time soon. Off to a solid beginning here, with 4-1-5 record in first 18 saddle jobs. This one made a nice little run late in the debut effort and now will try the grass for the first time, which is normally a good thing for daughters of Looking At Lucky. Dam already has two turf winners. Solid choice here to move up and on. Patti Patti Patti (1) draws the rail today and it has been golden throughout the early going here — both for the turf and the dirt. Rail is winning at .34% rate through early stages of this meet. Ran a game second in the last try and gets a huge rider switch for this one. Flashy Trick (5) goes for trainer Larry Jones and owner Brereton C. Jones. Gets the blinkers for the first time and trainer hits with .13% of those with the equipment addition. Looks to be training well, too. Look out here. I have to use. I bet the 3 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in one exacta and then key the 3-5 over the rest in another one.

3rd: 7-5-6-8…Stately Defense (7) goes for the red-hot barn of Anthony Rini, who has posted 3 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in the first 7 horses to race here. Had hit the board in 6 of the previous 8 starts (with 3 wins included) before an experiment on the grass in the last out failed. Look for this one to rebound with a return to the preferred dirt surface. Ultra Arumba (5) is a Brazilian-bred who has been relatively close in each of the last 3 — including a win three back at Ellis Park. Will drop a bit in class for this try today and gets a top jock in Corey Lanerie, who is just now starting to gear back up after a torrid meet at Churchill Downs in November. Spanish Arch (6) gets a little better ranking from me than BRISnet. But I like the fact that this one has changed hands from a highly under-rated trainer to another guy who can win with newcomers to his barn (.17%). I can’t dismiss this one’s chances, especially after the work her on Nov. 26. I bet the 7 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 choices in the exacta.

4th: 8-1-3-7-5-9…Mark Casse will team up with #1 owner John Oxley in this tilt, which is a MC30 on the turf course, by sending out American Halo (8). This homebred daughter of Derby-winner Monarchs faltered late in the MSW run at Keeneland on Oct. 11, but that one was off the turf. Gets back to the preferred grass surface today, where she ran two straight seconds at Gulfstream Park earlier this year. Nice work here on Dec. 1. Haynesfest (1) gets a drop in class for a trainer off to a good start here. Was the beaten favorite in her last try at Churchill, but that was on dirt. Ran better on the grass in debut and should like the switch back. Dot Notation (3) made a modest, but nice closing move in debut effort at Delaware Park. May show more today. I bet the 8 to win/place/show and then box the top two numbers in one exacta solidly, and then key the top two over the rest in another.

5th: 3-6-9-7-4…Hotfoot (3) is another that will hail from the barn of Joe Sharp, who retains the hot-riding newcomer. This one has not been seen in the afternoon since he ran 8th in the G2 Louisiana Derby on April 1, and will shorten all the way up to 6F off that 11/8-mile test. The last time he was going this short was December 2016 when he ran fifth in the King Swan Stakes at Aqueduct. Drops all the way to $7,500 today. Feast? Or failure? Brave Benny (6) will be dropping from an allowance try at Hawthorne in the last to today’s fire sale price. Faltered in the last one after pushing the pace early. Gets the blinkers for the fist time today, though, and trainer hits with .31% on those getting the equipment change. Does well with this rider, too. Don’t overlook. Full Heart (9) doesn’t get the best of post positions on a track that has been biased against the outer stalls. But this one nearly won two back at at higher price and gets Lanerie today. I bet the 3 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in the exacta.

6th: 1A-6-1-5-4-10…Royal Creed (1A) is the better part of a power-punch entry for Casse and Oxley. This 2YO son of Jimmy Creed nearly won his last out at Churchill Downs going short on the dirt. Gets to the grass for this sprint and shortens up a bit, too. Sold at OBS 2YO In-Training Sale this past April for $325,000 and looks to be the one to beat in this spot. He will have to run today to do it, though. Facilitator (6) has been on my Horses To Watch List ever since he failed by a neck against the highly-regarded and highly-touted Curlin’s Honor in a MSW dirt try back on Oct. 7.  This one was scratched out of a couple races at Churchill Downs recently, due to extreme post positions. Switches to the grass today, and he should love the distance and the surface switch. Should come away running with a cleaner break and gets the services of a top end pace jockey. Special Forces (1) is the other part of the entry and has some strong credentials of his own. This son of Candy Ride sold for $220,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sales and looked to be a strong contender in the debut race before faltering late. He was beaten that day by Copper Bullet — perhaps the best 2YO in the country at that time — and Sky Promise, another good one. Special Forces bobbled in the stretch in that run, and has been given time off since the May voyage. Looks to be training super well right now (bullet work on Nov. 24 here). I bet the 1A-1 to win/place/show, hoping to hit them both on the board and collect for each. I then box the 1-6 in the exactas strong. Just as a small saver, I key the 1-6 over the rest of the numbers.

7th: 3-6-1-4…Miss Gracer (3) tired in the slop at Keeneland in her last try, but this daughter of Uncle Mo shortens up a bit and should catch a dry surface for this return. The winner of the last has already come back to win, and the two races at Delaware Park before were both key races for other would-be winners. Super hot trainer/jockey combo here as they have hit for 71% in the last 7 tries in the last 60 days. Hard to overcome. My second choice, Economies of Sale (6) may be even better, though. She is coming off a win by 11 lengths at Churchill Downs, but faced only four others that day when moved off the turf. She did nearly win the time before that, though, and the trainer is super hot right now. Faces winners for the first time is the only hesitation. Wicked Lick (1) is the most accomplished of this group, despite having not won in 7 starts this year. She ran second to Farrell in the Fairgrounds Oaks here back in April and made the starting gate in this year’s Kentucky Oaks. Didn’t like the slop that day and is looking to get back on track here. Drew a tough bunch to try, though. I bet the 3 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in one solid exacta.

8th: 2-4-10-11-5…Gagaoveryou (2) drops all the way to the $17,500 claiming level today, but still gets my Best Bet of the Day designation. This 6YO mare by Zensational tired in the last try over the turf, but simply gassed it too much, too early. Picks up a new rider today for a barn operation that gets plenty of winners here. Before the fade to 6th in the last this one had hit the board in 8 of the previous 9 races — with three wins scattered in the mix. Gets back in the circle today. Shaboom (4) will get the saddle from a sneaky good trainer, who has a second in his only start here to date. This one had been running at Canterbury, but don’t smirk. This barn has come out of Minnesota with some runners. Previous Honor (10) may be the best horse, but the 8YO mare is stuck extremely wide and there has been a prejudice against the outer stalls all meet. She will have to really gas it from there to have a shot and that may be asking too much. I bet the 2 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in one exacta and then key the 2 over/under all the numbers listed in two more.

9th: 9-6-1-11-7-2…I am going to venture outside — against my bettor (pun intended) judgment — in this race and go with Byanymeans, who will be making her racing debut for trainer Tom Amoss. The conditioner hits with .24% with making their debut in claiming races and scores with .20% of first timers overall. This one has been working well here, too, and should team up with the barn’s #1 rider. Fur a Slam (6) is another first timer, who goes for a barn that does OK with these types (.17% in maiden claiming and .14% overall). Had a nice work here on Nov. 15, and has been training regularly for quite some time now. Looks like the trainer may have been saving this Louisiana-bred for this spot. Consider. I have to also use Avas Discreet Eyes (1), who goes for a trainer that hits with .25% of maiden claimers and .29% of those that make their debut in maiden claiming events. Hot rider gets aboard. Paloma Belle (11) shortened up after pressing the pace in her debut on a muddy track at Delta Downs in October. Gets a considerable class drop today for a solid barn/rider combo. I bet the 9 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in the exacta.

Good luck & All the Best/Gene