Bret Battaglia's Picks
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6: Preview
SECRET DAIRY didn’t fire on the dirt at Gulfstream last time out, but showed some decent form on the grass before that one and shouldn’t mind the switch in surfaces tonight. Give her a slight edge here. GYPSY ANGEL ROW moves up in class after being claimed in her last start when she drew off to break her maiden by six. WICKED VICKY drops in for a tag for the first time tonight.
WHATTHECATDRUGIN hasn’t shown much in his last two starts over the track. He drops in class tonight and looks like he’s in a good spot to pick up the win here. I’M STAR STRUCK drops in class in his first start back since September. He shows some nice works over the track leading up to his return and could be dangerous here. STRONG RESOLVE has a chance.
LOOKING FOR A DATE has been off since mid-December when he disappointed on the dirt at Hawthorne. He’s done his best racing over the turf and synthetics and should move forward on the move back to the Polytrack. AFTERMARKETSPOILER didn’t show much on the dirt at Gulfstream in his last start, but drops in class and could be tough to beat here if he takes to the Polytrack. MISS CATWOOD has been in the money in three of his last four starts and is a threat.
GRAND COULEE ran a nice third last time out in his first start since June. He should move forward off of that one, give him a slight edge here. DRIFTING WIND has been beaten as the favorite in each of his last two starts over the track and looks like the one to beat again tonight. STROKE has outrun his odds in each of his last two starts and looks capable of running well here.
CITIZEN JOHN was second best behind an impressive winner last time out and looks best here. ARTIC SKY is inconsistent, but has run well against tougher and will be tough to beat tonight with Jimenez back in the irons. WHOLE LOTTA RUN showed improvement on the move around two turns last time out and has the speed to be dangerous tonight.
DELANTERA shows two strong efforts against two tough starter allowance fields in her last two starts over the track and is the choice for the win here. SHE’S MESSI was over-matched against allowance company last time out, but looked very sharp drawing off to win by nine before that one. A return to that form would make her tough again tonight. ALYCZARA has shown some good form at Hawthorne recently and has a win over the Polytrack at Arlington.
ITSWINEOCLOCK moves back down in class after finishing second last time out. He gets in light again tonight with Gallardo, give him the edge here. ARMY RANGER showed some improvement last time out in his second start back from the layoff and looks like a contender. BOLD VISIONARY exits the same race as the top pick and has to be considered.
THUMP comes in off of two solid efforts going long here at Turfway and is the choice for the win against a soft field. ALTA RITA shows some improvement in her second career start and looks capable of running well here. WILLBURNHOT ran a decent race at long odds in her debut and figures to move forward off of that one.
FANCY HAT ran a game second here at Turfway last time out despite having been off since July. She figures to move forward off of that one and has won over the track in the past, give her a slight edge here. STREET SPIN MISS makes here first start since moving to Makers barn after having been idle since October. She’s been training steadily over the track since that one and could be tough to be here if she’s ready. SOMMERVILLE MISS moves up in class after drawing off to win by 11 last time out.
RELENTLESS SPIRIT was second best against similar last time out and looks best tonight. ADAMOR comes in off a nice win over the track and is a contender. DOLLAR DOBLADO has been beaten as the favorite in his last two at Hawthorne, but didn’t run poorly in either of those and could be dangerous if he takes to the surface here at Turfway.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7: Preview (1:50pm post time this day only)
MARKET MEWS drops in class after a decent effort in her last start, coming back from a layoff since May. She figures to move forward off of that one and is the choice to pick up the maiden win here. GOODBYE N HER EYES takes a big drop in class in her first start since May and could be tough if she’s ready. BECAUSE I SAY SO was third at this same level last time out and looks capable of running well here.
DREAM BROTHER has been second best in each of his last two starts over the track. He hooks a soft field today and should be able to pick up the win. ROBERTS ROGUE didn’t show much in his debut, but drops in for a tag in his first start since moving to West’s barn. OUT OF THE TRAPPE shows a few even efforts in his last few starts over the track and could be dangerous on the drop in class.
OCEAN FRONT looked sharp winning last time out in his second start back from the long layoff. A repeat of that effort would make him tough to beat again today. GERMAINE’S BOY didn’t show much at Oaklawn last time out, but just missed at this same level here at Turfway before that one and would be no surprise here. SAINT’S BRO beat the top pick two starts back and looks like a contender again today.
MYPRETTYLADY comes in off a nice third place finish at this same level in her first start over the track and is the choice for the win here. SINCERELY YOURS didn’t show much in her debut when she was claimed by the Ramsey’s and Maker. She’s been training steadily over the track since that one and will move forward today. BAYOU ROYALTY ran a solid race on the move up in class last time out and looks capable of running well again today.
BOOM DE YA DA finished a close third last time out and looked sharp winning against similar before that one, give him a slight edge in a wide-open field. JEWELIAN ‘N ROSES has shown some improvement in his last two starts over the track and has the speed to be dangerous here. GRAND KUMA has been second in two of his last three starts and gets in light again today with Gallardo.
CHARMING TALULLAH drops in class after a nice third against allowance company last time out and will be tough to beat here. HIDDAI has been idle since early December when she didn’t fire against a tough field. She shows some solid works over the track since that one and has to be considered on the drop back down in class. LADY PRADO moves up in class after a nice win last time out.
BATTLE ON drops in class in his first start since early December when he didn’t fire going longer at the Fair Grounds. He shows a nice work over the track recently and is the choice for the win against a well-matched field. WAR RANGER was third as the favorite last time out and looks like the one to beat again today. QUIP TRIP showed some improvement in his second start back from the layoff and definitely looks capable of running well here.
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