Mike Battaglia's Picks
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020
Tonight's guest handicapper is Ed Meyer
MISTER CARSON takes a huge drop down the class ladder. This is his second start off the layoff for talented trainer Thom Drury. SOFIA’S SLUGGER is a blistering speedster who comes into the race fresh off the claim. KITTEN’S WORLD makes his second start off the layoff, adding blinkers for the first time today.
MODERN TALE is shipping in from Gulfstream Park and makes a big drop in class today. BETWEENHEREANDCOOL comes in third off the layoff, a beaten favorite last out. Looking for redemption today. CEDAR CREEK is a strong late runner who will be making a bold move late in the lane.
ED’S ROCKET is a speedy runner who is one-for-one over the Turfway Park strip. GLADTOBEHERE is making his third start off the layoff for a red-hot trainer. BLUE MESA exits a solid win and was claimed by a new outfit. Looking to notch another win.
LADY TO THE MAX is taking a huge plunge down the class ladder today. Look for a top effort from her today. DUSTY MILLER is a Chicago invader for the Dee Poulos barn. If she handles the surface look for a big effort today. RHODA’s JEWELL just missed last out and looks to get the job done for top-notch trainer Kim Hammond.
TIDAL EFFECT is a solid closer back in his class level. He is 6-of-11 ITM at Turfway Park. FLUELLEN drops in class for a top-notch barn. LUCKY BODE is a speed type runner who will come out swinging when the gate breaks.
ALL OUT is a speedy colt making his second start over the track today. ENGLISH CHALLENGE has been knocking on the door and today he looks to answer running late in the lane. MJOLNIR ships back to Turfway Park off a solid effort to prepare.
TORAZO is a deep closer who is eight-of-nine ITM at Turfway Park. Second start off the layoff for a top trainer. PERFECTLY MAJESTIC is a late runner who will come calling as they turn for home. BETTER WATCH OUT fits in the field and will be running late as they turn for the money.
BARTON HALL just missed last out and she looks to come running late in the stretch. SEA SERENADE was a beaten favorite last out and looks to turn the table and make a trip to the winner’s circle. SMASHVILLE draws the rail and looks to score at a solid price.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020
RATHRBLUCKYTHNGOOD showed big improvement on the Poly and rates the edge off that performance. MADAM NOVETZKE disappointed as the favorite last out but will be tough with her best effort. SING FOR KITTTEN debuts for Mike Maker and has to be respected.
STAY IN YO LANE has finished in the money in his last eight races and has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout. Give him the edge for Bill Morey with leading rider Albin Jimenez aboard. MYSTIC TIGER prefers more distance but looked good winning last out and is the one to beat. WILLY I AM is a contender.
HEADLINE KITTEN was a beaten favorite in her debut but figures to move forward off that one and gets the nod for Maker and Hernandez. MR. SARINANA drops in class and figures to be dangerous at this level. HIGLEY O’PRADO rates a chance.
RUBY Y’ALL was no match for a very talented filly from the barn of Wes Ward last out but ran well to finish third in that one. She figures to be on or near the lead tonight and rates the slight edge. A GIRL NAMED JAC rallied from off the pace to break her maiden at Churchill back in November. A similar performance makes her the one to beat. LAS RAMBLAS moves up in class after being claimed from a sharp win last out. This is a tougher spot but the way she won suggests that she can handle the class hike.
MO MOSA was no match for High Holy in his debut but that one came back to win by 10 lengths next out. He figures to move forward tonight for Mike Maker and appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden win. BIGMANCAN faded badly going a mile but cuts back to a sprint tonight. Look for a much better performance in this one. DARK OAK finished right behind the top pick last out and has to be respected.
JUST BLING IT drops a notch in class and gets the nod in a fairly weak field. KITTY ZIP has been off since November but has the speed to be dangerous. MIKAYLA ATTACK is a contender.
INFINITE is a lightly raced 4-year-old from the Ward barn. He couldn’t hold on at 6 1/2 furlongs after setting a torrid pace last out but the slight cut back in distance may help him tonight. Give him the edge in a well matched race. AUGIE pressed the top pick throughout in his last race and a similar effort makes him dangerous again. DECLINED won when dropped in for a tag but the fact that Maker moves him back up is a good sign.
POPCORN FOR EDDIE takes the class drop and has been training well over this track for Shelbe Ruis. He appears to be in a good spot to get his maiden win. ELI’S COMING ran well at this level last out and has the speed to be dangerous. HYPNOTIST rates a chance.
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