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LEE'S LOCK Zippy Lou in the fourth

BEST BET Reelfoot in the fifth

LONG SHOT Industrialist in the ninth

FRIDAY'S RESULTS 3-9 (33.3 percent)

MEET 22-72 (30.6 percent)

****confident choice

***plenty to like

**things to like

*educated guess

1 Purse $20,500, 6 furlongs, 4-year-olds and up, claiming $8,000

***BAYERD is the class of the field with career earnings exceeding $638,000. The Norman McKnight trainee has worked well at Oaklawn and is fast enough to be stalking a likely contentious pace. BIG GUY IAN is taking a drop in claiming price following a 5-length win at Aqueduct, and he was claimed out of the race by a winning stable. WE DID set an uncontested pace and remained clear to the finish defeating $6,250 rivals just eight days ago. He does not to be on an early lead to run a winning race.


4 Bayerd;Mojica;McKnight;8-5

1a Big Guy Ian;Cohen;Diodoro;9-2

6 We Did;Canchari;Diodoro;5-1

5 Silver Spun;Sanjur;Puhl;8-1

7 Mr. Benz;Wethey;Villafranco;12-1

1 After Hours;McMahon;Broberg;5-2

2 Major Munnings;Vazquez;Villafranco;8-1

3 Stephen's Answer;De La Cruz;Martin;10-1

8 Dos Cuernos;Morales;Lauer;15-1

2 Purse $20,000, 1 1/16 miles, 4-year-olds and up, claiming $6,250

***RANSACK is taking a big drop in class for a sharp stable. His last two works were brisk and he figures difficult to catch if he draws into the race. KEEN GIZMO is an older class-horse who is dropping to the lowest price of his career, and he forms a strong two-horse entry with the top selection. SNUGGLEY BEAR has a strong record in lower level claiming races, and he is back on a preferred surface following an even effort on turf.


1a Ransack;Mojica;McKnight;3-1

1 Keen Gizmo;Cohen;McKnight;3-1

8 Snuggley Bear;De La Cruz;Quartarolo;8-1

11 Bold Chrome;Rodriguez;Lozano;5-1

2 Bahnke;De La Cruz;Haran;12-1

3 Esposito;McMahon;Johnson;12-1

12 Joey B;Canchari;Shorter;6-1

6 Big Headed Jerry;Birzer;Smith;10-1

10 Gibsons Tricky Boy;Santana;Leonard;8-1

9 Shakedown;Mojica;Holthus;8-1

4 Gospel Abe;Wethey;Lozano;20-1

7 Arch You Ready;Morales;Barkley;12-1

5 Two Stepping Groom;Lara;Guerrero;20-1

3 Purse $23,000, 6 furlongs, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up which have never won two races, claiming $16,000

**AGOSTA finished with energy in three consecutive second-place finishes at Woodbin. The horse is racing for a high percentage trainer for the first time and was scratched Thursday in favor of this race. JULIET'S MUSIC appears to be the speed of the speed in this field, and she is a consistent sprinter who shows good local works. CAN'TTOUCHMENOW proved determined on the lead in a maiden allowance victory at Remington, and she has been an improved runner since moving into this barn Sept. 28.


8 Agosta;Cohen;McKnight;3-1

7 Juliet's Music;De La Cruz;Martin;8-1

5 Can'ttouchmenow;Rodriguez;Silva;9-2

6 Sunset Cruise;Vazquez;Villafranco;4-1

4 Unprovoked;Canchari;Anderson;5-1

3 Greeley and Ariana;De La Cruz;Thomas;6-1

2 Say It Softly;Cabrera;Hiles;6-1

9 Key Red;McMahon;Dixon;20-1

1 Chloe Creek;Esquilin;Hale;15-1

4 Purse $77,000, 6 furlongs, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, Arkansas-bred, maiden special weight

****ZIPPY LOU has not raced since May, but she finished second in her career debut last winter at Oaklawn. She was competitive all season, while competing in open maiden races and finally faces state-bred rivals. SAVEDBYANANGEL showed speed in a two-race career last season at Oaklawn, and she has been working smartly throughout the winter. The presence of leading rider Ricardo Santana instills confidence. FIRM ALEXIS broke last and raced wide in a second-place debut performance, and she has a license to show marked improvement.


4 Zippy Lou;De La Cruz;Cox;8-5

10 Savedbyanangel;Santana;Prather;5-1

14 Firm Alexis;Bridgmohan;Mason;5-2

6 Rich Princess;Loveberry;Gonzalez;8-1

3 Lil Tater;Rodriguez;Loy;8-1

8 Cadillac Magic;Thompson;Nicks;10-1

13 Dixie Cat;Bisono;Chleborad;10-1

5 Portion;Mojica;Moquett;6-1

2 Cadillac Lady;Court;Jackson;15-1

7 Our Lucky Star;Quinonez;Von Hemel;12-1

11 Joy in the Journey;Vazquez;Altamirano;15-1

9 Wild Dez;Felix;Martin;15-1

1 Hamazing Honor;Cabrera;Caldwell;30-1

12 Vansflyingcowboy;Riquelme;Garcia;30-1

5 Purse $77,000, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-olds, maiden special weight

***REELFOOT was forwardly placed in a close third-place, two-turn finish at Churchill, and he received a big confidence boost when the winner came back to win the Grade II Holy Bull at Gulfstream. MARKET KING has recorded useful sprint races at Oaklawn and Churchill, and he is bred top and bottom to improve at route distances. ALL OUT was one-paced in his debut on turf at Del Mar, but he is bred to be more effective on the main track. He has moved into the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.


7 Reelfoot;McMahon;Van Meter;7-2

6 Market King;Court;Lukas;3-1

4 All Out;Santana;Asmussen;4-1

3 Jeans n' Boots;Lara;Gorder;15-1

2 Proverb;Mojica;Moquett;8-1

1 Royal Mesa;Birzer;Sims;12-1

8 Zoomer;Vazquez;Peitz;8-1

9 Quicksilver;Thompson;Jones;8-1

5 Revenio;Richard;Zito;6-1

6 Purse $34,000, 1 mile, 4-year-olds and up, claiming $20,000

**HARDLY A SECRET clearly defeated stronger $40,000 claimers over a wet track at Belmont, and trainer Robertino Diodoro is starting to heat up. HOLIDAY MISCHIEF ran down a field of $10,000 rivals on Jan. 26, and the 9-year-old has the class to move up and repeat. DOCTOR LEE won three consecutive route races at Remington Park, and he has the benefit of a race over the track in 2019.


1 Hardly a Secret;Cohen;Diodoro;5-2

4 Holiday Mischief;Vazquez;Villafranco;6-1

11 Doctor Lee;McMahon;Broberg;6-1

2 Curmit;Santana;Asmussen;4-1

3 Vaporman;Court;Morse;15-1

1a My Farmer;Mojica;Diodoro;5-2

6 Inge;Cabrera;McKnight;9-2

9 Holiday Man;Canchari;Martin;10-1

5 Small Town Hero;Wethey;Puhl;20-1

7 Papa Caliente;Sanjur;Campbell;15-1

8 Memphisinmay;Morales;Lauer;20-1

10 Karma Delight;Lara;Holthus;20-1

7 The King Cotton. Purse $100,000, 6 furlongs, 4-year-olds and up

***WILBO won this stake in 2018 before finishing second in the Grade III Count Fleet, and the horse-for-course showed his readiness in a strong 6-furlong work Jan. 29. HEARTWOOD is a stake-winning sprinter who is battle tested in graded stake races, and he ships from Florida in good form and may go favored. BALANDEEN has won four of seven races at the distance, and he exits a narrow loss in a $72,000 sprint stake at Fair Grounds.


1 Wilbo;Cabrera;Hartman;7-2

5 Heartwood;Cohen;Chapman;3-1

8 Balandeen;De La Cruz;Baker;4-1

9 Control Stake;Santana;Foley;9-2

2 Bourbon Cowboy;Mojica;Diodoro;8-1

4 Toasting Master;Canchari;Morse;12-1

3 Gordy Florida;Birzer;Smith;8-1

7 Sightforsoreeyes;De La Cruz;Quartarolo;15-1

10 Dan the Go to Man;Morales;Ortiz;20-1

6 A M Milky Way;McMahon;Burress;30-1

8 Purse $78,000, 6 furlongs, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, allowance

**SPRINGDETTI finished second at this level just two races back at Woodbine, and she is an exceptionally quick mare who won her only previous start on a wet track. DEVILITE was compromised by a sluggish start and slow pace when finishing second at Fair Grounds. Her subsequent breezes are sharp and improvement is expected. HIGHLAND LASS has been on the bench since August, but she raced competitively on the tough Southern California circuit. She is racing with blinkers on for the first time.


9 Springdetti;Cohen;McKnight;5-2

1 Devilite;Santana;Asmussen;3-1

3 Highland Lass;Cabrera;Barkley;3-1

5 The Girl Factor;Vazquez;Moquett;8-1

2 Miz K;Valdivia;Hobby;6-1

8 Little Miss Amy;De La Cruz;Contreras;20-1

6 Good Creation;Elliott;Von Hemel;10-1

4 Paintergone;Borel;Loetscher;20-1

7 Backseat Promises;Quinonez;Gladd;15-1

9 Purse $34,000, 6 furlongs, 3-year-olds and up, maiden claiming $40,000

**INDUSTRIALIST finished second in a pair of races last season at Oaklawn. He returns fresh for a sharp stable, and he figures a major threat at this maiden-claiming level. AUGIE is another who raced competitively at a higher maiden classification last season at Oaklawn, and he too sports some flashy works for a high percentage trainer. INTO MY DREAMS has shown improved workouts with an addition of blinkers, and he is another dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time.


11 Industrialist;Mojica;Diodoro;9-2

10 Augie;De La Cruz;Cox;3-1

8 Into My Dreams;Elliott;Hobby;15-1

9 Hey Prez;Vazquez;Van Meter;10-1

7 Survey;Santana;Stall;5-1

5 C Dub;Thompson;Von Hemel;6-1

3 News Alert;Wethey;Caster;8-1

4 Raphael;Rodriguez;Zito;12-1

1 Can't Wait No Mo;Lara;Coady;12-1

6 Just Like Richie;Morales;Guerrero;15-1

12 Johnny Chadda;Felix;Haran;20-1

2 Cape County;Quinonez;Von Hemel;20-1


The third race begins a 50-cent Pick-3 and the first leg can be adequately covered with three horses. The fourth race may have a single in Zippy Lou. The fifth race has a solid favorite in Reelfoot, but those with deeper pockets may prefer to add a horse or two. The ninth race has trifecta potential being a full field, and I will key Industrialist over six horses in the middle, and four horses at the bottom of the wager.

Sports on 02/09/2019

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