Tough card, and it looks like there will be a lot of favorites tonight but there should be value with some prices in the trifectas and superfectas.
How to use the picks: We give you four horses. The numbers correspond to the program number or betting number. This isn't necessarily the order we think they will finish, but more the four horses we believe are the most likely contenders.
If you have read Acing Racing, we advocate trifecta, pick three and pick four wagering (buy the book if you want the strategies). If you are new to the game, try some simple exacta boxes. Take a horse of your own with two of mine and play a three-horse box ($6 on a $1 wager). Make sure you have at least one horse of 8-1 or higher in the bet.
More advanced players should use these selections as supplements to your own handicapping. Where possible we will mention when to key a horse and when to go deeper than four in your pick threes and fours.
OUR DIVA FACTOR hasn’;t shown much but catches a struggling group
LULA DAY took to the main track just fine in last and fits well here
MR FACTOR scratched opening night and might surprise here
HIGHGATE COURT flashed speed at Delta and will be tough to catch
FLASHY TORO figures to get a good trip in this spot
MAKESHIFT figures to be a short price but looks strong in this spot
We will try to break up the favorite parade with CROOK’S NOOK, who likes the track and is in good form
BROADWAY ALI has just one win over the track but has hit the board five times. Should be prominent early
COCKED AND LOADED should be ready to fire a big one tonight (yes, we did that)
LADY BERKELY ships in from Fair Grounds and should prove tough to catch