We like a lot of long shots on this card, so if you can just catch a couple it should be a good day.
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.
DJESTSET GO has been close in every start and should break through here
KATE’S KARMA showed some speed at Fair Grounds; drops and should last longer here
JOSSY DO IT was competitive in New Mexico and seems well-spotted here
LUCY ANNA woke up at a monster price in last; similar effort would win this
Wide open; this race screams long shot. We will throw the 11 and 12 into our deeper bets.
HAMMER THE BAY showed little in last but takes a big class plunge for this
Another race that looks wide open. We’ll take a flyer on Asmussen firster MYSTICAL CAT
Another race to go deep in; slim edge to DIAMOND DISCO on the stretchout
This one could blow up the tote board, too. JOYS PARADISE wheels right back, likes the surface
BG WANT ME BACK will be a huge price but might pull a stunner on the turnback