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RULES OF PLAY: In our opinion, each horse listed below (and in our newsletter) has a reasonable chance to win or run well for second. If there are two recommended horses running in the same race, play both to win and place and in the exacta and/or quinella. We suggest giving precedence to a selection in a more recent report or, if you like, play the horse with the higher odds.

NOTE: Our recommendations have a life of one month, so you may want to print this page to keep for your handicapping. If, however, you find there are too many horses to watch simply discard the oldest issue in the one-month cycle. Horses switching tracks remain plays, and sometimes become our best plays as shrewd trainers place fit horses in excellent spots on other circuits, so keep an eye out in these instances. Good luck and always bear in mind: Play with your head, not over it.

Friday, April 6

GULFSTREAM


FINANCIAL MODELING: Overcame a tardy beginning to finish a distant third--beaten only a neck for second--in his seven-furlong debut. Should appreciate more distance.

HALLOWED: Continues to make progress with racing experience and added distance. Low-profile connections help the price.

LITTLE MISS BROWN: Big Brown filly has taken to grass nicely with a pair of third-place finishes. Front-runner forgets to stop.

MAKE IT SNAPPY: Well-bred daughter of Medaglia d'Oro--Flashing was clearly in need of a start to get her feet wet. Will make a big jump forward at second asking.

PADILLA: Continues to put forth big efforts since returning to grass and adding blinkers. Hard to figure why he keeps getting overlooked at the windows.

ROMANS PARADISE: Took a nice step forward with a third-place finish in his first start for a tag off the November layoff. Won't remain in the maiden ranks much longer.

BEST BET: LITTLE MICHELLE: Very hard to dismiss what she's accomplished in her first three trips to the post. Keep close tabs on this daughter of Tiz Wonderful.

LONGSHOT: WE'RE ALL SET: Recent fifth on grass at 18-1 is better than it looks, and he can also run on dirt. Very dangerous at a price.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

ARGYLE CUT: Stakes-place son of Harlington can do the job over either surface here. Could be quite interesting on a turnback in distance, too.

DUKE OF DOOM: With two starts under his belt following the layoff, it's time to head to the windows.

FRISCO FOG: Returned from the shelf running with a sharp second-place finish at 9-1. Catch her if you can.

GROWIN UP: Keeps on improving with racing experience. Anxiously awaiting his first attempt versus winners following smart maiden tally.

JIMMY'S DATE: Debut was decent going six furlongs, but he took a step backward when stretched to a mile. Cuts back and scores.

POSSE POWER: Quietly running some decent races without getting his picture taken. Back-classy gelding can win one on memory alone at the current level.

SIMPLY SHARP: Has useful speed and is very competitive at the current level. Go in with both fists.

TRIBAL MONEY: Off since late last summer, but has run well at Golden Gate in the past. Can fire fresh off the bench.

BEST BET: BRILLIANT MELODY: Took some time off following a pair of wins, but appears to be training smartly since. Does it again.


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