We finished with a flurry on Wednesday, and we are hoping to keep that momentum going into today’s action. Since Jan. 1, we have given our picks on 452 races. Over that span, we have scored with over .3320% winners. Our top choice has hit the board over .57% of the time, and our top 3 picks have hit the board in a “winning bet style” over 35% of the time. We have come a long way at this meet. Now, we want to close this thing out in style.

Here is a closer look at today’s card:

1st: 1-3-7-5-4…Vibe (1) gets my top selection in the inaugural event today, despite the fact that he hasn’t won since Aug. 24 at Del Mar last year. Since then he has raced only 4 times, with a couple of thirds. Goes for a new trainer for the first time today, and he hits with .11% of those making the debut under this barn’s conditioning. The rail has been golden at this distance, winning at a .30% clip. That’s our www.brisnet.com State of the Day. Go here for all your handicapping info. They are the best in the biz. If Vibe doesn’t fire today, my second selection is Cookies Are Good (3). This one goes for a top trainer, who is emptying the bench in hopes of catching Brad Cox for this meet’s Trainer’s Title. This one won last time out and now will bump up a class rung to face tougher. This one has 4 wins and 6 seconds in 19 lifetime starts. Trainer hits with .32% on repeat winners in these ranks. Curzon Street (7) won the last time out, as well, for a trainer who is having a super good meet here (.28%) in limited numbers. This one is a speedball and will try to go gate-to-wire in this spot. Has gas to burn. I bet the 1 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in the exacta.

2nd: 5-2-1A-1-4-3…Dixie Brees (5) won the last time out and now has amassed a nice record of 6-7-5 in 26 starts. Consistent sore will go dirt to turf for this one, and the trainer hits with .21% of these kind. Last time she saw the sod, she ran a deep closing fourth. With a little racing luck, she will be able to suit this distance much better. Solid favorite. Bermuda Star (2) goes for a trainer with really good numbers (3-3-2 in just 14 starts here). She has hit the board in each of her last six starts and 7 of the last 8. Will be shipping up to the big leagues today from Delta Downs, and will be converting over to the grass, where she has a win and a second in only two starts. Bears watching. Both parts of the entry have a shot, but I like Sashimi Blaster (1A) a bit better. Trainer is still looking for the first win this meet, after 34 starts. But this one has been running against much better and coverts to the grass today, as well. I bet the 5 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in the exacta. I key the top 3 over the rest in a smaller version.

3rd: 1-A1-2-6-9…Both parts of this entry could hit the board, as well. I opt for Star Gaze (1) on top in this spot, with the considerable drop in classification. Has run two thirds previously, a year ago, and now gets a new trainer on the record for a top breeder/owner. Looks to have trained well back in February, and stands out in this role. Strikingly Smart (1A) is obviously named after this author. But, besides that, does have a run over this track, where she was competitive for awhile, before spitting the bit completely. Wheels right back today, after being bet down in that one. Gets the blinkers on for the first time, and the trainer hits with .08% with that equipment change. Our Diamond (2) spit the bit in her last out, too, but gets a huge class drop for this one today. Gets a hot rider today, who leads the jockey standings now. I bet the entry across the board and then box the 1-2-6 in one exacta and the 1-2-9 in another.

4th: 9-1-6-7…Striking Femme (9) goes for a top claimer trainer, who is having a good meet (.15% winners). This one was claimed last time out after running second, and will gets the blinkers for the first time today. Trainer hits with .23% with the new equipment, and with .29% of those making the debut after the purchase. Adds up. Minister of War (1) moves back to the dirt today, and that appears to be her preferred surface type. Last time she was on the brown stuff, she pulled away to a win with this rider aboard. Should benefit from the return and a class drop today. Candy Rail (6) ran a game second last time out, beaten just 1/2 length. Comes right back at this level today, as a beaten favorite. Trainer scores with .22% of these types. The trainer/jockey combo have been a perfect 4 for 4 over the last 2 weeks, as well. I bet the 9 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in the exactas.

5th: 2-7-9-3-4…Pound of Hundreds (2) comes into this one off a second place finish here on March 2. Gets a huge rider switch to one of the best in the business, and trainer scores with .20% of those going from a sprint to a route race (with 25 races to underscore). Won three races back for fun, and should be closer to the pace with the stretch out. Look at the 1 mile race last August. Ardesia (7) drops back in class after a third place run against open company and much tougher conditions at Delta Downs on March 9. Trainer is having a super meet here (.31%) with limited runners, and should fit here. Native Wahoo (9) has only 1 third in 4 tries over this track, but had a horrible trip last time out when dropped to the basement for the first time. Was bet down in that one, when getting the blinkers for the firs time, too. Should improve a lot for this one with a cleaner trip. I bet the 2-9 across the board and then box the top 3 numbers in the exacta.

6th: 4-5-1-2-3…Bringyourownbottle (4) will go for the meet’s leading trainer, who is trying to hold onto his slim lead over fellow trainer Joe Sharp. Drops this one today all the way from $50,000 OC to the $15,000 claiming ranks. Huge class relief for a horse that won three starts back against the tougher ranks. Should handle these kind. Best Bet of the Day, type of handle. Mrs Rocco (5) is another one from the Cox barn, who is dropping way down in class, too. Was the beaten favorite last time out in allowance company at Delta Downs. This one broke her maiden at Ellis Park last summer, and gets a huge rider switch for today’s effort. If the top choice loses, it is likely to come by the feet of her roommate. I bet the 4 to win/place/show and then box the 4-5 solidly in the exactas. I key the 4-5 over the rest as a saver.

7th: 6-1-7-9-8…United Patriot (6) is another from the barn of Brad Cox who looks to be well spotted today. This ridgling has run two straight fourth place finishes after back to back wins. Not been worse than fourth in the last 5 outings. Worked well on March 23 and should enjoy the second trip over the sod today. Top jock gets aboard, and this one loses the blinkers today. Trainer scores with .43% of those getting this type of equipment change. Killeen (1) is yet another from the barn of Cox, and this 3YO son of More Than Ready looks like he could be ready to repeat with another win. Broke his maiden by 6 easy lengths on the drop down last time out. Will face winners for the first time today, and that will be a challenge, but looks to have the talent. He lost the glasses before the last one, and you see what happened then. I bet the 6 to win/place/show and then box the 6-1 solidly. I key the 6-1 over the rest in the exactas.

8th: (1A)-3-11-1-10-12-2-9…Stuck in Vegas (1A) is never a good thing (believe me, I know). But if this 3YO son of Bind draws into thee race from the AE list, then he has to be considered off his fast-closing third on debut on March 8. If not, I go to Tale of the Prince (3) in this wide open affair. This one ran for the first time on March 8, as well, and nipped the preferred choice by a neck. This one bobbled at the break and was 6 wide at the quarter pole, but still made up ground on the leader. Trainer hits with .19% of those making the second career start, and the meet’s top rider sticks aboard. The choice. Delaware Basin (11) is 8-1 ML and offers some value if he sticks anywhere close to those odds by post time. Will be making his career debut for a top trainer, who does score with .20% of first time starters. Dam has 2 winners from 2 starters (thanks to my good friends over at www.brisnet.com). And, the work on March 23 was super good. Worth a real shot in this spot. I bet the 1A if he draws in. If not, I go to the 3-11 across the board, and then key the 3-11 over/under all the other numbers listed.

9th: (14)-2-11-9-10-13-7…My top pick, once again, is on the AE list. Midnight Candle (14) has the bad post position, but makes another drop in class. The race two back was very competitive second against much tougher. Figures here if draws in. If not, I revert to Halifax (2) was claimed last time out by a top trainer/owner combo. The conditioner scores with .27% of those making the debut for the barn, and this one comes off two straight seconds. Gets a class drop for this one, too. Top rider gets the call. Adds up. Findley Isle (11) will go for the barn of Joe Sharp, who is still holding out hope of catching Cox for this Trainer’s Title. But time is running out. This one comes out of a MC victory, when he ran off by 41/4 lengths. Faces winners for the firs time, but may be up for the task in this group. I bet the 14 if he gets in. If not, I go to the 2 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in the exacta.

10th: 11-12-10-6-9-7-5…Girls Life (11) gets a nice drop in class for this try today, after winning against tougher the last time out. Finds the LA-bred condition again, and does have a 1-1-1 record in 4 tries here at the Fair Grounds. Goes for a top claiming barn, and the trainer hits with .30% of those repeating in these ranks and with .31% of those dropping down two classes. The one to beat. Custom Paint Job (12) was claimed last time out by a barn that scores with .17% outhouse making the debut after the purchase. Ran a nice third, while tiring late in that one. Trainer is 2-for-5 over the last two weeks and has 8 wins in 26 starts here this meet. Can’t dismiss. I bet the 11-12 to win/place/show and then box those two in the exacta. I key them over the rest in a smaller version.

Good Luck & All the Best/ Gene