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BEST BET: RACE 1, MR PIPPINS

FIRST RACE

MR PIPPINS comes off a com­pet­i­tive ef­fort at this level and for the start earned what ranks as this field’s best last-race Beyer Speed Fig­ure. He might get an ideal track­ing trip be­hind a few of these. EN­CHANTED RAMBAM, who has some nat­u­ral speed, in­vades from Fair Grounds, where he has been knock­ing on the door against sim­i­lar. MA­JES­TIC RIDE met stakes ri­vals last year at Oak­lawn. He is mak­ing his first start since March.

SEC­OND RACE

GET PAID split a field of starter ri­vals last time and now moves back into a con­di­tioned claim­ing spot. She also should be sharp for the re­turn to two turns off the six-panel start. FLASHY RUTHIE is an­other stretch­ing back out to two turns off a sprint, and note she was launch­ing her sea­son in her most re­cent start. JE SUIS BELLE must over­come the wide post and the lay­off, but like that she has fared well against steeper. As for the move back to the main track, she worked a bul­let halfmile over the lo­cal strip Feb. 2.

THIRD RACE

SHOOTOUT split a field of steeper ri­vals last out and could be sit­ting on a peak race this af­ter­noon in his third out since Novem­ber. He goes for the red-hot con­nec­tions of Caldwell, Vil­lafranco and Vazquez. THE ROUGE DIESEL hooked a runaway win­ner last out at this level. The start was this one’s first since Novem­ber. HAWKSHAW has class ap­peal as one who has seen steeper. He also might ben­e­fit if the strip is fast af­ter catch­ing a wet track last time out. An­other who fits well is CIVITAVECCHIO.

FOURTH RACE

J P OF GALILEE came rolling for sec­ond over six fur­longs last out in his sea­sonal de­but and the move back to two turns would seem to suit run­ner for both his clos­ing kick and the fact that he put up his best ca­reer Beyer Speed Fig­ure in a route race. This will mark his sec­ond start since April. BUD’S MR. B is an­other mov­ing back to two turns for his sec­ond start of the year, and he ran a good sec­ond at this dis­tance last sea­son at Oak­lawn. For this trip, he will add blink­ers. EDGY might prove to be the one these will have to catch, on the stretch out from a front-run­ning ef­fort at six pan­els at Oak­lawn.

FIFTH RACE

DY­NAMIC IM­PACT, who was a Grade 3 win­ner at 3, is in the midst of a pro­duc­tive Oak­lawn. He was a win­ner in his first start of the year Jan. 13, then moved into the starter ranks last out and ran a cred­i­ble fourth in a race that went in good time. AREED looks like the one to beat as he seeks to win his fourth straight race and is pack­ing the field’s best last-race Beyer Speed Fig­ure. He’s also sit­u­ated out­side of per­haps his main pace ri­val, CHOCO­LATE WILD­CAT. WILD­CAT FRIEND­SHIP is a con­sis­tent sort with tac­ti­cal speed and he also owns a se­ries of com­pet­i­tive Beyer Speed Fig­ures.

SIXTH RACE

STAND GUARD, who seems like one who can be closer to the pace than he found him­self last out, might get a nice stalk­ing trip be­hind a few of these. He also is ap­peal­ing for the fact that he’s a win­ner at this dis­tance at Oak­lawn. RANK ran a big race in his first start of the year last out, when sec­ond at 20-1. He set the pace to the later stages in what was no doubt a use­ful race in his first out since Oc­to­ber. JUSTIN ZEE is an­other who ran a strong race off the bench, and he, too, can move for­ward in his sec­ond out since March.

SEV­ENTH RACE

SANILAC is ap­peal­ing as a 4-year-old fac­ing some younger ri­vals. She also was fa­vored against maiden al­lowance foes last time and gets the ser­vices of San­tana, who had a four-bag­ger at Oak­lawn last Fri­day. CARE is an­other who has an age edge on a num­ber of these. This will mark her first start since June. JUN­GLE LANE faces older

ri­vals, but rep­re­sented her­self well against such foes last time and is pack­ing this field’ s best las­trace Beyer Speed Fig­ure. EX­CES­SIVE SPEND­ING was sec­ond two back to Per­fect Wife, who af­ter their meet­ing won the $100K Trapeze at Oak­lawn.

EIGHTH RACE

MAGIC OF BE­LIEV­ING might get the right kind of setup in this spot as there ap­pears to be an abun­dance of speed in the race. The win­ner he hooked in his last start is a can­di­date for the Grade 3, $500,000 Ra­zor­back Hand­i­cap next Mon­day at Oak­lawn. FI­NAN­CIAL MODEL­ING can make a real im­pact with a re­peat of his De­cem­ber ef­fort at Fair Grounds. The con­cern is that he faces a fair amount of op­pos­ing speed in this spot. HILLBILLY ROY­ALTY also is quick. He ex­its a race won by a horse headed to the Ra­zor­back. ELI­JAH can be closer to the pace than he was last time, when he stum­bled at the start. A quick pace would well serve W B AND ME, while SNICKERBOXER seeks to make it four in a row.

NINTH RACE

LOST SHAKEROF SALT is ap­peal­ing for her con­sis­tent na­ture as she has never failed to bring home a check in five ca­reer starts. She also owns the field’s best last-race and ca­reer Beyer Speed Fig­ure. STELLA STELLA STELLA was third against sim­i­lar last time, and is a log­i­cal fit. GERIS HAND brings good rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to the ta­ble.

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