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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Races of the Week and Ohio Stakes Selections

Last week, Tiago finished second in the Goodwood Stakes, paying $4.40 to place and $3.00 to show. Wanderin Boy finished second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, paying $4.20 to place and $3.70 to show. The $2 Curlin-Wanderin Boy exacta paid $9.40.

Today, the Daily Racing Form's races of the week are the Shadwell Turf Mile (also Equibase's race of the week) at Keeneland and the Canadian International at Woodbine.

My selection in the Shadwell Turf Mile is Shakis. Shakis has been running well lately and should be helped by the inside post, which is 4 for 8 in mile races on the Keeneland turf this year. Equibase provides free past performances. So does

Doctor Dino looks like a deserving favorite in the Canadian International. He had a successful trip to North America last year and he's 2 for 4 at a mile and a half on the turf. The Form provides free past performances. past performances are available via Mark Casse

Today is also Best of Ohio day at Thistledown, featuring five state-bred stakes races. Thistledown's stakes schedule provides links to past performances of all Best of Ohio nominees. Equibase provides entries.

None of the fillies in the John W. Galbreath Stakes has raced around two turns before. I'll go with Slides Choice, who is undefeated in two stakes races and who defeated morning-line favorite Yankee Cruz in their only meeting.

I'll pick Pforperfectpistol in the Best of Ohio Sprint. Pforperfectpistol is 8 for 9 at Thistledown and is coming off of a stakes victory.

My selection in the Best of Ohio Juvenile is Raise the Reward, who has a win around two turns at Thistledown and is coming off of a bullet work.

Cryptoquip looks like the class of the field in the Best of Ohio Distaff. Her past performances show second-place finishes in open stakes races at Laurel and Aqueduct. The 5-month layoff could be a problem, but she's coming off of a bullet work, and she's raced well off of layoffs before.

My selection in the Best of Ohio Endurance is the front-running Catlaunch, who makes his second start off of a layoff.


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