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CHURCHILL DOWNS – 5TH RACE. POST TIME: 3:10 ET
6 – Cleveland Simpson (7/2)
After tough trips in his first two career outings, this 3-year-old colt is due for some good luck and appears to have found a proper spot in this nine-furlong turf affair for older maidens. In a race without much pace, the son of Hard Spun should be comfortably placed throughout – perhaps even on the lead – and having every chance to seal the deal. At 7/2 on the morning line, he’s a win play and rolling exotic single. WATCH HIM IN HIS DEBUT ON XBTV.
LAUREL PARK – 7TH RACE. POST TIME 4:06 ET
10 – PLOT THE DOTS (3-1)
Shows improving speed figures in each of his three career outings, most recently as a strong runner-up in a fast, highly-rated miler after pressing the pace throughout in a similar first-level allowance affair. The son of Uncle Mo stretches out to two-turns today and, despite his poor draw, should be quick enough to get over and secure a good stalking position. Based on a healthy workout pattern, we’re expecting another forward move, one that makes the Michael Trombetta-trained colt a good wagering value at or near his morning line of 3-1.
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