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BEST BET: RACE 6, DIGHTON

FIRST RACE

HOL­I­DAY PRINCE is un­veiled by Steve As­mussen, who at 6 for 17 (35%) had the best hit rate at the meet among train­ers as the week be­gan; pur­pose­ful work tab. OASHAAR is a half-brother to five win­ners, no­tably the long-winded marathoner El­daafer; top con­nec­tions do well with first-time starters. WILD IM­PULSE is fastest of the ex­pe­ri­enced run­ners based on his penul­ti­mate ef­fort; caught wide in last.

SE­COND RACE

SWIVEL is third off the bench and drop­ping to a cheaper re­stricted claimer af­ter be­ing strung out wide on the first turn against Com­bat Driver, who re­turned to win again eight days later; gets seven pounds from OUR LUCK. The lat­ter cap­i­tal­ized on closer-friendly con­di­tions to grad­u­ate de­spite a stum­bling start first off the claim; fits well for lead­ing barn. SUGAR GOLD has changed hands in two of his last three; con­sis­tent sort may be along for a share once again.

THIRD RACE

No knocks on WAKE UP IN MAL­IBU, who tries open com­pany af­ter get­ting through his New York-bred con­di­tions; has won fresh, and has won pre­vi­ously from off the pace cut­ting back to six fur­longs. FOR­TU­ITOUS PATH was a very game se­cond (of 14) with blink­ers added at Bel­mont; may be cy­cling back to an­other peak per­for­mance af­ter wide trip as the choice. DRUM ROLL su­per sharp now af­ter con­sec­u­tive Beyer Fig­ure tops; faces a fight for the early lead with CALL DADDY, POSSILICIOUS and/ or STILL KRZ, who ap­pears to have found a home on dirt.

FOURTH RACE

Prob­a­bly un­fair to pe­nal­ize FLEX­I­BIL­ITY for that per­fect trip off a three-way pace dis­pute in the Jerome, be­cause af­ter all he did show tractable speed and a solid fin­ish­ing kick to take full ad­van­tage; he may get an­other ter­rific setup in this field. SUNNY RIDGE just missed in the Delta Jack­pot with seven weeks off, so he is as­sumed fresh, fit and dan­ger­ous; never taken a back­ward step by the num­bers. KING KRANZ broke through with a long over­due win with blink­ers on for the Lost in the Fog, and two sub­se­quent works were solid; in­trigu­ing stretch- out may ar­gue the early frac­tions with AD­VEN­TIST, DONE­GAL MOON and VOR­TIC­ITY.

FIFTH RACE

IN­VES­TI­GA­TOR was only beaten 4 1/ 2 lengths for se­cond when un­veiled at the fall meet against run­away odds-on win­ner Spooked Out; nom­i­nal im­prove­ment puts him in the hunt in dif­fi­cult con­clu­sion to the pick five and early pick four. LIT­TLE BIT A DO­MINIC steps up from an above av­er­age $ 40,000 sprint when nipped at the line by Taoiseach, who then won an al­lowance be­fore run­ning a close third in the Da­mon Run­yon; catch him to win. ROSS BOSS and SARATOGA CHAR­LIE are sons of King’s Bishop win­ner Dis­creetly Mine who have posted bul­let works re­cently for prof­itable de­but con­nec­tions.

DIGHTON couldn’t deal with Dad’z Laugh when that 3-2 shot freaked with a life­time best 99 Beyer on Jan. 3, but fin­ished well to edge a next- out win­ner for the run­ner-up spot; con­sis­tent pat­tern of im­prove­ment since be­gin­ning cur­rent form cy­cle in the fall. LANE ALLEN had a use­ful tune-up first out in three months, press­ing a fast pace un­der de­te­ri­o­rat­ing weather con­di­tions that forced a can­cel­la­tion right after­ward; out­side stalk­ing trip in store. RE­GAL MIN­IS­TER tries open com­pany af­ter get­ting his N3L win on the fifth try; hard­pressed early by BRASS PEAR, COLLIN’S SMILE, FIRST RANGER (en­tered not to be claimed first time back) and PER­FECT DISCO.

SEV­ENTH RACE

BUILD­ING PER­MIT moves on to the open ranks af­ter a break­through ef­fort fig­ure-wise against N2X state­bred types open­ing week; train­ing right along, will likely need a re­peat per­for­mance. RACHEL’S TEM­PER has never been bet­ter, while out-run­ning her odds on sev­eral oc­ca­sions since Septem­ber; takes the worst of it mov­ing from the rail to the far out­side af­ter a ca­reer top. LA IN­ES­PER­ADA a must-use in ex­otics af­ter ex­acta fin­ishes in her last five on fast, good, sloppy and muddy tracks; fig­ures close with THERE­SAS CANDYROSE based on their photo on the main.

EIGHTH RACE

The stakes-placed DONT­BE­TWITH­BRUNO has back class to han­dle the step-up back to al­lowance com­pany af­ter be­ing claimed from a big-fig­ure win first time back on dirt since the Haskell against youknow-who; ca­pa­ble of grab­bing the lead if no one else wants it. FARHAAN won a cou­ple stakes here two win­ters ago, and could be round­ing back to form af­ter a mild rally for third in a spot like this; needs some pace up front. BIG BUSI­NESS was caught wide early and flat­tened out be­hind BULL­HEADED BOY in the Alex M. Robb - a race he had won the year be­fore; claimed for a pricey sum two back.

NINTH RACE

To­bog­gan, take 3... GREEN GRATTO is in such good form now that he was able to run right through a strong anti-speed bias wiring the Gravesend with a life­time top fig­ure; no mys­tery about his tac­tics in the sea­son’s twice-post­poned first graded stakes sprint. DADS CAPS led to deep stretch of last year’s To­bog­gan and ran down Green Gratto to win a se­cond straight Carter Hand­i­cap two starts later; train­ing for­wardly for first out­ing in al­most eight months. HEAVEN’S RUN­WAY was a de­cent third be­hind the choice at the fall meet; has posted 97 Beyer Fig­ure tops in his last three starts on fast tracks.

TENTH RACE

FAKEITTILUMAKEIT seems to be fig­ur­ing things out since blink­ers came on, capped by fron­trun­ning try in which he saved the place over BOR­ROWED DREAMS; may get loose un­less one of the new­bies has speed. Bor­rowed Dreams woke up first time in blink­ers; gets off the rail. MIL­I­TARY PA­RADE has turned in three sharp blowouts this month, and rates a long look right out of the box, as do BLAR­NEY STONES, FLEET­ING GOLD and GHOST SLAM­MER.

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