press box picks
Friday, December 19, 2014

Horse of the Night

CRANKIN IT UP (9TH) : Gelding finds a nice spot here after finishing second in his last start. He showed good speed off the gate that night with the pole position tonight I would expect the same type of strategy. He can either continue on the front or look for a pocket sitting trip which should put him in a great spot. He hasn’t found the same success in 2014 that he enjoyed last year when he banked nearly $100,000 but this looks like a nice spot for him to pick up a victory as he closes out his 4yo campaign.


Press Box Parlays

WIN : GALACTIC STAR (2ND) WITH CRANKIN IT UP (9TH)
PLACE : DONTDOUBTTHELAKERS (1ST) WITH SCARLET N SILK (10TH)


Tonight's Long Shots

DUNSIDE ART (3RD)
THE BRUZILIAN BLUR (11TH)


Keep an Eye On These

DONTDOUBTTHELAKERS (2ND) : Speedball looks to make amends after “burning” the public money in his last three tries. He should be on or near the lead every step of the way and he may be able to hold off this group.
FOX VALLEY TOUCHE (8TH) : Been hampered by some outside posts in her recent starts but she managed a big third from the 8-hole last week. If she picks up a live outer flow she could sweep by them all tonight.
SCARLET N SILK (10TH) : Stormed right to the front and made every call a winning one in her last start. She lucks right back into the same condition tonight and it looks like she’ll be on or near the lead every step of the way so I’ll stick with her for another.


Backstretch Info

GALACTIC STAR (2ND) : $6,000 claim back on Nov. 8th and he’s already banked that and a bit more for this red-hot barn. His M.O. is “try and catch me” and that’s the spot he figures to be in again this evening. I would expect him to be headed for the top and I don’t think there’s anything inside of him that can deny him getting control of this battle. If he catches a short breather somewhere along the way he’s going to very difficult to collar again this evening.


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