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1800 (All times BST) The opening two-year-old race of the season here. Wesley Ward has two entries with Spicy Marg, who is by the top stallion Into Mischief out of a Tiznow mare, just favoured over Sheriff Bianco. COWAN cost $385,000 and with the inside berth Steve Asmussen's charge gets the vote. Candy Mover is by another top sire in Candy Ride and cost $100,000 so looks another to keep an eye on.

1830 Galindo ran very well when runner-up in a stakes race here in September and has only had two subsequent starts. Holy Muchacho landed a maiden claimer at Gulfstream in March though didn't run well there a week later but Runnin' Ray arrives in winning form having scored at Oaklawn early last month. The latter has the scope for further progress while Oro De Tejano was having only his second start for new connections when runner-up on the latter track last time. However, he was earlier behind TRASHTALKINYANKEE in a maiden claimer on that track and the winner was only caught in the closing stages back there last month.

1900 Ten-times winner HARDLY A SECRET has already won twice around here and battled to another victory at Oaklawn in March. He generally runs over a bit further but shows plenty of pace and will be difficult to catch. Around The Dial has only ever raced once at this trip, scoring at Delta Downs in February, though makes his debut on this track. Spokane Eagle, another ten-times winner, has won two of his last three at Oaklawn, both over 6f, but he's just as good over today's trip and rates a big threat. Lionite was impressive at Oaklawn last time but has never won over this trip.

1932 A poor maiden claimer. BROTHER AARON has only been placed once in six starts but that was in a much better race on this track and the drop in grade can enable him to lose his maiden tag. Archrival has been placed in his last three starts at Fair Grounds while Rivers Of Lite, who has been placed in two of his three runs to date, has the scope to do better. Wesley Ward's Spelling Bee makes a belated racecourse debut and will know his job though he was a relatively cheap purchase.

2004 Princess Trina has been in good form at Fair Grounds, scoring there in February and placed in better class than this the following month. Jets A Ginnin arrives here after landing a low-grade event at Fairmount but STURDY ONE looks the one to beat. Eleven-times a winner, she completed a hat-trick around this time a year ago and was having her first subsequent start when showing good early pace before fading at Oaklawn last month. Sweet Carli took a while to gain her first victory but has now won three of her last five and is an obvious threat to all.

2036 Brother Martin is taking a big drop in class though keeps missing the break so the inside berth won't help. Changing Lanes finished runner-up in all three starts last autumn and would have to be considered if ready but it's TACTICIAN who may come out best in a tricky race. Mark Casse's son of top stallion Tapit has been showing good speed in better company at Fair Grounds and can start paying his way. Fantastry has yet to reach a place nor has Seven And Seven but both are racing at this lowly level for the first time.

2108 The Turf track comes into play for the first time. American Mandate shows excellent early pace and only just missed out the last time he ran over this trip. Riverboat Gambler has won two of his last four and finished runner-up the only time he raced on Turf while CHEWING GUM won a similar race over the course and distance in November. Bill Mott's charge looks the one to be on though Real Money has gained both career victories on Turf and battled on strongly to score at Gulfstream last month. Fig Jelly is 2-22 but has generally performed in much stronger company and looks the main threat.

2140 Four Grands made a successful debut in a 6f Gulfstream maiden then didn't stay a mile on her next start there. CENTER AISLE cost $1.5m and made a winning start over the same track and trip in March, coming with a late bust to seal the victory. She'll be expected to complete a double though faces another superbly-bred youngster in Casual, a daughter of Curlin, who gained an impressive debut success at Oaklawn last month. Nayibeth also made a winning start at Keeneland just over a year ago before running in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. She made a very promising return at Turfway Park in March and will be winning again soon.

2212 Back to the Turf course for what looks a cracking contest. Summering has won three times on the surface including a similar race at Tampa last time. She also won a Listed contest at Del Mar in September but faces very strong opposition here. HARD LEGACY has a very similar record though her victory on this track last summer came in a Group 3. She hasn't run since down the field in a Group 2 in November but would be the one to beat if ready after her break. Silver Kitten has won three of her last four and finished runner-up in a Group 3 in the other so she's greatly respected as is Malakeh, a very smart three-year-old in Germany who won twice last summer for Graham Motion. Chad Brown's Viadera is another Group-class performer who would have to be considered if getting a run.

2244 Readyformycloseup made all to land a maiden claimer at Oaklawn last month so the inside berth is a bonus here. KAY BEE GEE (NAP) scored over the course and distance in November and her two runs this year have been in far better class than this. Fully Aware made a winning start at Oaklawn but didn't make the expected progress on a return visit while another debut winner, Duplicitous, hasn't improved in five starts subsequently. R Lukki Song landed a maiden at Will Rogers last month though takes on better company but three-times winner Magine would take some beating if getting a run.

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