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The Jeff Ruby Steaks is over, but there is still plenty of live racing at Turfway Park; Thursday’s picks

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides expert picks to the NKyTribune during the live racing meet.



Race 1

G NINETEEN drops back to a winning level and figures best in this one. DANTU makes his third start back after a long layoff and should improve. MENACE THE DENNIS is a contender.

Race 2

WINTER RAIN ran poorly last out but a return to his best would make him a winner for Darren Miller with Prescott up. SWAMI GENIUS had a rough trip last out and figures to be the main competition. TOP MENTION is a contender.

Race 3

MONKEYWITMYBIDNESS likes this track and is in a good spot to pick up the win tonight. BEAU DAN takes a big class drop in his first race back after a long layoff. Watch the board on this one. WARLEGGAN rates a chance.

Race 4

WILD HAIR debuts for Wes Ward.  He hooks a fairly weak bunch and has been training steadily. PRAY FOR KITTEN comes off of a couple of dull efforts but is capable of better. MIREUON fits in here.

Race 5

CAIRN is good right now.  He is a bit suspect at this distance but has the speed to make the lead and can go wire to wire tonight. TAKIN THE SLOROAD loves this track. He will be rallying from off of the pace and has to be respected.  MR GREY likes the distance and is a solid threat in a tough race.

Race 6

OUR MISS MO has been idle since October but ran well last year and gets in light for her return. She can win this one. PRINCESS DANIELA drops in class and has the speed to be on or near the lead. She is the one to catch.  FOGGY KITTEN rates a chance.

Race 7

HARD TO BE GOOD and LAND BATTLE make a formidable entry. Prescott is named on both so Kim Hammond will probably scratch one. But either is capable of winning here. HALLIE’S HERO comes off of a game score in his four year old debut and figures to be dangerous. KATE’S GOLDEN DUDE will be running at the end.

Race 8

COPUS is a ten year old veteran making his 75th start. He is still running well and looks best with McKee up.  FEROCIOUS TIGER has the speed to be on or near the lead and is the one to catch. DREAMMEISTER is a contender.

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