Total Day Results 8 / 2-2-2
2022 Overall — 32 32 / 13-12-8
Win % of Top Pick 40.63%
Payoff% of Top 3 Picks Overall 34.38%
2022 Only / Top Pick in the Money Overall — 22-32 68.75%
2021-22 Turfway / Top Selection ITM 91-154 59.09%
2022 Only / Top Selection ITM / TP 22-32 68.75%
2021-22 Turfway / Top Selection Win / TP 60-154 38.96%
2022 Only Turfway / Top Selections Win: 13-32 40.63%
2021-22 “Key Horses” @ TP 20 / 9-3-2 45.00% Win / 70.00% ITM
2022 Only “Key Horses” @ TP 6/ 4-0-0 66.67% Win / 66.67% ITM
“Key Horses” Overall in 2022 6 / 4-0-0 66.67% Win / 66.67% ITM
2021-22 “Longshots of Day” @ TP 16 / 1-1-3 .06% Win / 31.25% ITM
2022 Only “Longshots of Day” @ TP 2/ 0-0-1 00.00% Win / 50.00% ITM

Here’s our looks for Turfway Park on Friday Night:

1st: 8-7/6-9-4/2-1A/5-1/3…Christian C (8) gets the nod in the ole’ lid-lifter at the “New & Improved” Turfway Park this Friday night. The 9YO veteran has never run here before, but does have an accomplished resume over the AW surfaces in the past. Has started 13 times over those types of tracks. Has a 4-2-3 mark to show for the efforts. Gets a top veteran rider, if he sticks here. Has a win in only previous mount for the meet. Trainer has won with .24% of the last 292 to compete in the claiming ranks. Drops here and this one has hit the board in each of the last 7 tries. I’m in. Higher Authority (7) is a must use for me, as well. This one goes from the route distance of a mile to the sprint distance here, and the barn wins with .28% of the last 40 to back up in length. This one has a win and a third in 4 previous tries here, and we all know that experience over this surface is a definite plus. This one sold at the KEE September Sale in 2017 for a whopping $370,000. Now, after earning $80,000, he’s up for sale for $12,500. Won at this level just two starts ago. Take note. I bet the 8-7 across the board and then box these two in the exactas. I will key the 8-7 over/under the 6-9-4-2-1 in two smaller units.

2nd: 9-3/4-8/1-7/2…Powerful Point (9) has not been out since Oct. 11 at Presque Isle, but the barn can win off the bench and this one returns as a beaten favorite. Barn wins with .21% of the last 53 to qualify for that title. Drops to the bargain bin for this one and does have 2 seconds in 5 career starts. Gets the meet’s top rider to take the saddle job here. Pick. Ames Mister (3) drops to the “bin” here, as well, after running against tougher. Has a 2nd and a 3rd in 3 previous tries over the AW. Zero0-for-15 lifetime is an “ugh,” but this one does have 4 seconds and 3 thirds to show on the record. Tries. I bet the 9 across the board and then box the 9-3 in the exactas. I will key the 9-3 over/under the 4-8-1-7 in two smaller units.

3rd: 5-3-1/11-(1A)-6-8-12/9-10/7-2…Dulcimer Dame (5) gets the slight nudge in this wide-open affair. This 5YO mare has a 2nd here in two previous runs over this Tapeta surface, and that came just two starts ago. Winner of that one came right back to take the next outing, too. Seems to be around the wire at closing time, just worry if she likes to finish the job. Hmmm. Mama Lou (3) drops to half the asking price after a poor outing here on Dec. 9. Was claimed two starts ago and the barn does win with .22% when dropping this much at one time. Fits better here. A shot. Granite Candy (1) gets back to the same price point where she won just two starts ago. Lost that condition, and then moved to the dirt and against tougher. No match in that one. Returns here and does have a 1-0-2 mark in 5 starts over AW, and the win here. I like this one. I go here. I bet the 1 — take note — across the board and then box the top 3 numbers in the exactas. I will key the top 3 numbers over/under the 11-6 in two smaller units.

4th: 12-1-8/(13)-3-4-5-7-9/11-(14)-6…Hatch (12) opens up the discussion in this event. The 3YO gelding will get the benefit of Lasix for the first time and that could help this one from the barn of Ian Wilkes — who is hunting for his first win of the meet after an 0-for-22 start. Gets the son-in-law to take the reins and that could boost the chances. I am rooting the slide ends here. I’m in with my first “Longshot Special of the Night.” I will back that pick up, though, with a little “love” on Brando (1). This 3Yo son of Speightstown is by one of my most favorite sires of the times. Will have a host of first time changes here — including blinkers on; Lasix treatment and he is now a gelding. Rider is ice cold and it doesn’t seem to rev the engine much, either. Only reason I didn’t pick this one on top. Storm Attack (8) gets some changes here, too. Will race with blinkers on and will get the Lasix for the first time. New barn operator has broke the maiden here this meet and now has the one win in 5 starts. But this one could improve here. I bet the 12-8 across the board and then box the top 3 in the exactas. Enough for me in this spot.

5th: 9-5/6-7/3-10-12/(13)-(14)/8-4/1-11…Vaccine of Hope (9) is something we all need these days. And, we could use this one on top at the wire, too. The 3YO daughter of Pioneerof the Nile cost a hefty $260,000 at the 2020 KEE September Yearling Sale. That was the 18th highest price for one from this sire out of 51 offered up. Has run 3 straight 2nds to open the career. Looks salty here. Storm Kiss (5) is another from the barn of Wesley Ward, and this 3YOU daughter of Quality Road will get the benefit of Lasix for the first time. Ran 2nd here in the career debut on Dec. 10. Nice effort. Just tired at the wire, as the PT favorite. Barn wins with .32% of those returning to the gate. I bet the 9-5 across the board and then box those two in the exactas. I will key the 9-5 over/under the 6-7-3-10-12 in two smaller units. Nice race here. Bingo.

6th: 7-3-(13)/8-10-11-12-(1A)/1-6/4-5-9…Radiantrithym (7) drops to the “bargain bin” for this one after a ho-hom effort against better. Has raced here 11 times already. Still, no wins. Does pick up the meet’s top rider and that could boost the chances. But not the toughest bunch ever assembled in the gate, either. Chance. Hidenseek Sally (3) won the last time out here on Dec. 17. Loses that condition, but was impressive with the speed in that affair. In 5 tries over AW surfaces, so far, this one does have a 1-1-1 mark. Rider is highly underrated. Barn does win with .38% of the last 50 trying to go back-to-back trips to the winner’s circle. OK. I bet the 7-3 across the board — with more on the 3, thank you. I will box the top 3 numbers, if the 13 draws in. If not, I box the 7-3. I will key the top 2 numbers over/under the 13-8-10-11-12-1 in two smaller units.

7th: 10/6-2/4-7-8-9/5/1-3…The first “Key Play of the Night” comes here with the tandem of trainer Mark Casse and rider Chris Landeros on the 4YO filly California Lily (10). Does have to negotiate a rip from the outside, but this one has speed and can stalk. Has faced much, much tougher in the past, too. Has won here before. Love the work pattern of late. And, the rider has teamed up to win with .21% of the last 14 for this barn. I’m all in here. I bet the 10 across the board and double down on the win bet. I key the 10 over/under all the numbers listed — with more on the 6-2-4-7. 

8th: 11-7/(13)-12-4/2-5-8/3-6-10-1…We return to the “bargain hunters” in the night’s finale, and I ante up with The Boss Factor (11). Trainer is sneaky good and has won with .17% of the first 30 starters here this meet. This one is making the 3rd start off a layup, and the barn wins with .20% of those kind. did win here last time out. Loses that condition, but the barn wins with .28% trying to repeat in the claiming ranks. Standout here, to me. I bet the 11 across the board and then box the 11-7 in the exactas. I will key the 11-7 over/under the 13-12-4-2-5-8 in two smaller units.

Good Luck & All the Best / Gene