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Selections subject to change due to late scratches, track condition, unanticipated track-bias, or other emergent factors. (And then there’s our shameless waffling.)


Tues, Nov 21

1) Speed Walk-Torrid pace led to excusable fold when miscast as route candidate...two-back beyer well-exceeded tonite's par in quick race that saw heavily-bet WO droppers sweep exacta

7) Francesca Cristina-Respectable effort in savage alw that well- connected winner would exit to nearly take stakes at Laurel, place runner hit Kee to garner next...first Lasix, jock can gun or sit from outside speed-loaded field





Handicapping tip of the day: Try to beat talking heads. Few possess real chops, and the selections of those that do have genuine insight get over-bet.  If the analyst seems sharp and has built a solid rep, absorb local knowledge and learn from the commentary. But play your own picks. It's more fun and gratifying, and you'll get better prices. When Mnr is dark, I grind out steady profits playing other tracks ( focus on just 1 or 2, and treat them like a job).  But the next tv analyst I listen to will be the first. In fact, I kill the sound. And I'm not a lip-reader.        


                   Mark Patterson


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