BEST BET: RACE 8, YOCKEY’S WARRIOR

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FIRST RACE

Yockey’s Warrior, win­ner of the Thanks­giv­ing Hand­i­cap at Fair Grounds, ships in to lead a strong Fri­day fea­ture for sprint­ers. In the opener, SURTAP gets the nod in part be­cause he has an age edge on th­ese. He is cut­ting back from two turns and for this trip will add blinkers. FUNNY QUES­TIONS re­turns to Oak­lawn, site of his best ca­reer Beyer Speed Fig­ure. TSUNAMI CAT draws a useful post and could be sit­ting on a peak ef­fort in his third start since Novem­ber.

SE­COND RACE

COUN­CIL RULES is stuck on the also-el­i­gi­ble list, but would be in­ter­est­ing were she to draw into the body of field. She has been knock­ing on the door, and shows some nice lo­cal works. DUSTEM CAROLINA was se­cond against steeper last time, and is fur­ther ap­peal­ing as a six-time win­ner. BANDOLERA’S GOLD has been a pop­u­lar claim, and has a win ex­pe­ri­ence edge on a num­ber of th­ese, with five ca­reer vic­to­ries to her name.

THIRD RACE

HIGH DOL­LAR KITTEN boasts the field’s best las­trace Beyer Speed Fig­ure. He moves to a mile and an eighth and there are as­pects of his pedi­gree that sug­gest he will ap­pre­ci­ate the op­por­tu­nity at the dis­tance. DYNABEAVER seems well-served by the added ground, given his past per­for­mance lines. RUNNINGUNNINRASCAL has a run­ning style that sug­gests he, too, might ap­pre­ci­ate the move to a mile and an eighth.

FOURTH RACE

DIS­TINCTLY MINE was third last out to a qual­ity kind of win­ner, and also has rea­son to move for­ward in her se­cond start since Oc­to­ber. STRAW­BERRY BOMB looks like the one th­ese might have to catch. TITFORTAT moves back to the main track and she’s been ef­fec­tive over the lo­cal strip in the past.

FIFTH RACE

HOT BLOODED SONG is on the also-el­i­gi­ble list, but would seem to be a top con­tender were he to draw into the body of the field. He has an age edge on th­ese. He has nat­u­ral speed. He draws a post that might give Quinonez op­tions. OF­FI­CER GRIGGS has fired two strong races in his two ca­reer starts, and owns one of the field’s best last-race Beyer Speed Fig­ures. GOINGTOGIVE’EMHALE has an age edge on some of th­ese, while an­other top con­tender is CELTA VIGO.

SIXTH RACE

ROCKET JOE COP­PER was fourth last out to a qual­ity kind of win­ner, and note the run­ner-up from that race is in­tended for the Ra­zor­back Hand­i­cap here Mon­day. As for ROCKET JOE COP­PER, he has tac­ti­cal speed, a useful post, and rea­son to move for­ward in his se­cond out since Novem­ber. HOL­I­DAY MAN is a fresh face, as he’s mak­ing his first start since the fall at Churchill Downs. He is re­turn­ing to a sur­face over which he has reg­is­tered both of his ca­reer wins. SOLVE ex­its same race as top choice, and like that one will be mak­ing his se­cond start since Novem­ber.

SEV­ENTH RACE

MA’AM draws a wider gate, but ran well from a sim­i­lar post at this mile trip last out and note the start was her first since Novem­ber. She would seem to have rea­son to move for­ward in her se­cond race back. MA’AM also is ap­peal­ing for her con­sis­tent na­ture and com­pet­i­tive Beyer Fig­ures. TELLING METZIE ex­its a race won by a stakes­bound win­ner. HELLO EV­ERY­BODY ran a cred­i­ble fifth last out in her first start since April. She is a win­ner over the lo­cal strip at Oak­lawn.

EIGHTH RACE

YOCKEY’S WARRIOR de­liv­ered as the fa­vorite last out in the Thanks­giv­ing Hand­i­cap at Fair Grounds and the Beyer Speed Fig­ure of 103 that he earned jumps off the page. YOCKEY’S WARRIOR is fur­ther ap­peal­ing for his tac­ti­cal speed and the fact that he is a win­ner over the lo­cal strip. W. B. SMUDGE ex­its a six-fur­long al­lowance that went in a blaz­ing 1:08.80. He was third in what was his first start since Novem­ber. W. B. SMUDGE is an­other with

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