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Turfway Park selections for Friday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets.



Race 1

COLOR ME PRETTY was overmatched in the Claiming Crown but finished in the money in her previous 11 races for George Leonard. She makes her Turfway debut tonight and gets the nod with Machado picking up the mount. LUSTY GIT YER GUN is a Turfway veteran, winning here six times. She comes off back-to-back scores and will be tough to beat. LOOKTHEOTHERWAY figures best of the rest.

Race 2

APPEALING JULIA is a seven year old with just two career wins but comes off a pair of runner-up efforts and a repeat on that form would be good enough to win here. DANG IT DOROTHY looks like the one to beat. NEED THE WALL is a contender.

Race 3

PROM THEME is a ten-year-old veteran with a solid record over this track. She figures to be rallying from off the pace and can win this one for Doug Danner and Johnny McKee. TWIRLING PRINCESS finished right behind the top pick last out and gets Machado tonight. MILEVA may like tonight’s shorter distance and is a contender.

Race 4

BABESWILDWEEKEND looks best in a weak field of maidens. ROCKYSHACK drops back in for a tag and has to be considered. WESTWOOD PROUD is a first-timer with decent works.

Race 5

ARTEMUS BRIDGE overcame a poor start to finish second in his debut. He figures to improve and looks like a winner with Rodney Prescott back aboard for Mike Maker. RED ROVER closed strongly and just missed in her Turfway debut for Charlie Lopresti. A repeat of that one will make him very tough to handle. UNITY is a definite threat in a very good maiden field.

Race 6

MOUNT CALVARY comes off two solid races and drops back in for a tag tonight. He looks best with Johnny McKee picking up the mount. HARD TO BE GOOD beat the top pick last out. He has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout and will be tough to catch. SPRING SOLO rates a chance.

Race 7

WORKAHOLIC has been a beaten favorite in her last two but appears to be in a good spot to win this one at short odds. BIVIAN B will like the move back to a sprint distance and looks like the main competition. RYANEAUX SPOT moves up in class after winning her debut and is a contender.

Race 8

BELFAST COWBOY has been off for 2 1/2 months but has been working steadily at the Training Center. He drops in class and anything close to his best performance would be good enough to win this one. ESCALERA won at this level at Keeneland back in October and comes off a solid race last out. He will be running at the end and has to be respected. FINISHED moves up in class after an easy maiden win and fits with these.

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