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Friday, July 11, 2008

Races of the Week and Ohio Stakes Selections

Last week, Raw Silk led most of the way in the American Oaks before fading to finish eighth. Strike a Deal couldn't quite get up to win the United Nations Handicap, finishing second and paying $4.00 to place and $3.00 to show. So far this year, a flat $2 win bet on my selections has yielded a net profit of $18.70 on total wagers of $98.

Tomorrow, the Daily Racing Form's races of the week are the Man O' War Stakes at Belmont Park and the Princess Rooney Handicap at Calder. Equibase's race of the week is the Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park.

In the Man O' War, I can't bet against Curlin. On the other hand, I can't bet on an odds-on favorite making his first start on turf. Curlin's Tomlinson rating indicates that the turf shouldn't be a problem for him. But on the other hand, you never know. I'll pass this race. The Form provides free past performances. past performances are available via H. Graham Motion.

My selection in the Princess Rooney is Miraculous Miss. Last fall, Miraculous Miss finished ahead of Dream Rush, today's morning-line favorite, in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. She's coming off of two bullet works, and her recent Beyer figures are competitive with the rest of this field. The Form provides free past performances. past performances are available through O'Neill Racing.

I'll bet Weathered in the Delaware Oaks. Weathered has won two in a row. The inside post should help her, and her front-running style is well suited to Delaware Park. Equibase provides free past performances. So does

My selection in tomorrow's George Lewis Memorial Handicap at Thistledown is Catlaunch. Catlaunch has won 6 of his last 8 races, and should be able to get an early lead. Thistledown provides free past performances for all Lewis nominees. Equibase provides entries.

I'm still not sure about the Hoover stakes, to be run Sunday at River Downs. Interestingly, two trainers account for 7 of the 9 entrants in the Hoover. I might post an update with my selection later in the weekend. past performances for the Hoover are available through Darley Stable.


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