press box picks
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Horse of the Night

BLUE MINT (9TH) : Absolutely crushed that last field at this same level in his last start, giving him his third straight victory. This gelding has been razor sharp over the past two months and given his late rushing style this starting spot in the middle of the pack is perfect for him. He should get away in decent shape and if he can flush some cover to bring him into contention he should run that streak to four straight tonight.


Press Box Parlays

WIN : BLUE MINT (9TH) WITH FOX VALLEY HOTSTUFF (10TH)
PLACE : DUNESIDES SON (1ST) WITH SISTERíS KEEPER (8TH)


Tonight's Long Shots

BETTORíS BABE (6TH)
JOSTING JACK (11TH)


Keep an Eye On These

DUNESIDES SON (1ST) : Had the big qualifying win two back and he followed that up with a huge come from behind score in his last at Balmoral. Heíll have to get rolling much sooner on this oval but given his recent turnaround heís awfully hard to ignore in this spot.
INCREDIBLY SPORTY (5TH) : Came up with a huge win from an outside post in his last start. He did catch a little bit of a break that night by avoiding traffic problems but this barn has been red-hot of late so Iíll stick with him for another.
SISTERíS KEEPER (8TH) : Romped home with a big win in her last start. She moves up a notch but if she can work out a decent journey from the second tier she could be right back in the winnerís circle given her recent form.


Backstretch Info

FOX VALLEY HOTSTUF (10TH) : Beaten favorite was parked every step of the mile in his last start but he never stopped battling and wound up finishing a close up third that night. He gets a bit of post relief here and that should help him work out a much smoother journey. Heís been a model of consistency this year hitting the board in 12 of 18 starts. As long as his pilot can get him to show a little more early zip he should be all set to score in this spot.


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