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TALKTOOMUCH: 32k claimer has run some good numbers for this level. In this turf race going a flat mile, she was bumped hard at the start and became rank and was steadied hard into the first turn and was dead last and looked like she had little or no shot. She settled outside horses and split horses into the stretch and just made a long determined run to get up at the wire in what was a first class effort. This mare was claimed out of this race by Mike Mitchell so look for the move up and a repeat win.

AVEROO: Was making his first start in the states for trainer John Sadler; he was squeezed at the start and had to angle to the rail while last. Jockey Brice Blanc, who has been riding great, took him out for room into the stretch but had to come out once again in midstretch and he made a nice late run to be a clear second behind the 7/5 chalk. This one can run but may need a little longer distance.

BATTLE SCHOOL: Just ran second behind the $259.20 winner in one of my best angle plays. Battle School looked solid in this 7 furlong 25k maiden claimer but if you liked him you had to use the winner Courtside Action who was exiting the same race, a race in which Battle School ran fifth and Courtside Action was right behind him in sixth. If you follow this play you will hit a lot of big exactas and this one paid $784.40 for a two dollar box ticket.

SURFACTANT: Was the only first time starter in this 32k maiden claimer, a play that I was made to notice by fellow horse player “Ping Pong Dave” who knows his handicapping. Surfactant ran huge at almost 7/1 but had no shot at the even money chalk but finished second more than six lengths clear of the rest of the nine horses behind him. The $2 exacta paid $33.40, this is another play to keep in your mind and also put Surfactant on your HTW list.

INCLUDING WARDO/PARABLE: Both are exiting the same 1 1/16 turf route for straight maidens. Wardo was in from Keeneland for trainer Thomas Proctor and Parable was a first time starter who is bred in the purple for grass for trainer Carla Gaines. Just would love to see both of these come back in the same race but even if they don’t, both look to be sitting on the win going long on the grass in their next start. $$$$$

ROAD TO REASON: Looked very solid in this spot but got between horses and had to be steadied when checking off heels a half mile out, he switched to the outside for running room but had to make a quick dart to the outside of a fallen horse leaving the turn, he came four wide down the lane to run a good second but just could not run down the lone speed who had a perfect trip. No mistakes for this girl next time out for her new connections — Peter Miller and company.

UNIVERSAL PEACE: A real hard knocker who gives his best was really compromised in this 1 1/8 turf route as he broke slow then chased while down on the inside, he was making a big run down on the rail but had to steady off heels in midstretch, he then split rivals and went around the horse in front of him and closed with a burst but just did fail by less than a length. $$$$$

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