Total Day Results 8 / 5-4-4
2022 Overall — 8 8 / 5-4-4
Win % of Top Pick 62.50%
Payoff% of Top 3 Picks Overall 54.17%
2022 Top Pick in the Money Overall — 7-8 87.50%
2021-22 Top Selection ITM 76-130 58.46%
2022 Top Selection ITM / TP 7-8 85.50%
2021-22 Top Selection Win / TP 52-130 40.00%
2021-22 Top Selections Win / TP ’22 5-8 62.50%
2021-22 “Key Horses” @ TP 16 / 7-3-2 43.75% Win / 75.00% ITM
2022 “Key Horses” @ TP 2/ 2-0-0 100.00% Win / 100.00% ITM
“Key Horses” in 2022 2 / 2-0-0 100.00% Win / 100.00% ITM
2021-22 “Longshots of Day” @ TP 14 / 1-1-2 .07% Win / 28.57% ITM
2022 “Longshots of Day” @ TP 0 / 0-0-0

We will return to the “New & Improved” Turfway Park this Friday night, with another exciting evening of live racing over the Tapeta all-weather surface. After a few adjustments along the way, we are starting to settle in for the meet and have had a few successful days / nights recently.

We are hoping to keep that trend ticking upwards and onwards in the New Year of 2022.

Here’s our looks for this Friday night’s card:

1st: 10-5-2/7-6/9-3-4/11…Spend Benjamins (10) ships up to Northern Kentucky from Gulfstream Park and will drop to the bargain bin for the ole’ lid-lifter at the “New & Improved” Turfway Park. And, this one will get my top designation here. Has only one 3rd in three previous tries over the AW, but they were all against tougher. Last race was not that bad, considering the circumstances. Gets the meet’s top rider up. Like this one’s chances. Icecap (5) will drop to the bottom here, as well. Comes off two 4th place finishes in a row, but this barn wins with .29% of those that get this significant a class drop at one time. Picks up a new rider, too. Work on Dec. 26 is encouraging. Will be coming late. Very late. Chance. Dr Parker (2) ran 2nd at this same level last time out and warrants serious consideration. Does have a 1-1-0 record in 3 races over the AW and a clever pilot returns to the saddle. Don’t forget this one. I bet the 10-5 across the board and then box the top 3 in the exactas. I will key the top 3 numbers over/under the 7-6 in two smaller units.

2nd: 1/5-7-6-4/2/3/8…The first “Key Play of the Night” comes here with Happy Camper (1), who will break from the rail post. Does not have an abundance of speed, but the best rider on the grounds takes the reins for the first time. Has a win here just two start back and returns to the claiming ranks after an ambitious placement last time out. Ran better than expected in that one, too. Look out if this 4YO gelding can hold his form here. I bet the 1 across the board and then key the 1 over/under all the numbers listed in the exactas. More with the 5-7-6-4 than the rest.

3rd: 1/7-8-9-10/4-6-11/3-5-12…The second “Key Play of the Night” comes here with my second #1 selection — Scattershack (1). This newly-turned 3YO will get the Lasix for the first time and that may assist this one who has put up a nice 2nd and a 3rd in the last two outings. Last one came here, when rallying off the pace. The time before, this colt flashed speed. “Z” pattern at work. I’m in. I bet the 1 across the board and then key the 1 over/under the 7-8-9-10-4-6-11. More with the 7-8-9-10. 

4th: 5-7/2-4-6-11/3/1-10/8-9…Mayapretty (5) gets the nod here, and this 5YO mare comes from one of the best AW sires that I have ever witnessed. Ran well here at this same level last time out. Just got caught in a traffic snafu. Still ran a much-better-than-looks 4th. Won easily the time before. Barn wins with .25% of those that return as a beaten favorite. Veteran rider should help this one. In 5 previous tries here? Has a 1-1-1 mark. I’m in. Addison (7) nearly won the last time out at this same level. Defeated less than a length and was charging late. Trainer is sneaky good and this one has a third in only previous try over the AW. Has only 1 win in the last 14 outs. Hmmm. I bet the 5 to win/place/show and then box the 5-7 in the exactas. I will key the 5 over/under the 7-2-4-6-11-3 in two smaller units.

5th: 10-1/5-11/3-7/4-2-8-6/9-12…Gus Gus (10) will run with the addition of Lasix for the first time here. Barn wins with only .07% of the last 71 to get the medication, but this one nearly won here last time out before tiring at the end. He was stretching out to the route for the first time, and was coming off a 6-month layup. Both of those could account for the result at the wire. But? Lasix could assist here, too. Jockey has been hot of late, going 3-1-1 in the last 12 mounts. Has faced some good ones in the first two career starts. Look out here. American Hero (1) comes from the barn of Brad Cox, who will add the Lasix for the first time here, too. His win ratio is .35% in the last 108 to get the meds. Rail is winning at an .18% rate and this one goes in the route distance for the first time. Barn wins with .28% of those kind. Threat. I bet the 10-1 across the board and then box these two in the exactas. I will key the 10-1 over/under the 5-11-3-7-4 in two smaller units.

6th: 4-6-11/1-3-5-7/2/9…Maxi Boy (4) ran a very nice 2nd here on Dec. 4 and now returns as a beaten favorite for a barn that wins with .40% of those kind. Trainer wins with .13% over the AW surfaces in the last 94 mounts and this one has never missed the board in races over that type of surface. One to beat, IMO. Divine Leader (6) is a Florida-bred who ships up from Gulfstream Park after a very solid effort last time out over the grass. Has speed to burn and will use it early and often. Returns as a beaten favorite, and the barn wins with .10% of those kind. Will have to catch. Gozilla (11) runs as a first-time gelding in this spot and returns off an extended layup. Barn wins with .16% of those that return after this long a vacation. Gets a rider who has won with .27% of the last 11 mounts for this barn. Must consider. I bet the 4-11 across the board and then box the top 3 numbers in the exactas. I will key the 4-11 over/under the 6-1-3-5-7-2 in two smaller units.

7th: 1-8-9/4-10-11/2-12/6-7/3-5…On Thin Ice (1) ran a super 3rd in the G3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine last time out on Nov. 28. Was a real threat in that 11/16-mile event. Cuts back to a flat mile distance here. That could help and picks up a heady rider who is doing well. Only two performances where he was not a threat? Look who won those two. Wow. Tawny Port (8) won here on debut on Dec. 4, and ran off to a near 7-length victory that night. Returns with the addition of Lasix here. Son of Pioneerof the Nile cost a heady $430,000 to purchase and has some ability. Can’t dismiss a Cox entry, who has accomplished this. Alasdair (9) is another from the Cox barn and this one won the debut here on the same day by over 2. Gets Lasix for the first time. Heavily bet in the first ask. Didn’t disappoint. Maybe? I bet the 1 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 in the exactas. I will key the 1-8 over/under the 9-4-10-11-2-12 in two smaller units.

8th: 7-2-6/9-10/3-5/11-(1A)-4-1/8-12…Midsummer Nights (7) gets the nod in the finale. This 3YO daughter of Wicked Strong gets the addition of Lasix for the 2022 debut and will be coming off an extended layup. Last time seen, this one was running MSW races at Saratoga and a Stakes race at Belmont. Now, she is being offered up for $15,000. Hmmm. Interesting. Super Surge (2) will make the career debut here and the dam of this one has 7 winners from 7 starters — including a Stakes winner. Barn wins with .33% when debuting in the MCL ranks and with .21% overall in MCL races. Working solidly. High Meadows (6) ran OK here at this same level last time out on Dec. 9. Tired late. But gets Lasix for the first time here. May help. I bet the 7-2 across the board and then box the top 3 in the exactas. I will key the top 3 numbers over/under the 9-10 in two smaller units.

Good Luck & All the Best / Gene