Picks made Saturday for fast track and on turf.

Race 1

4 – St Louie Guy: Fresh off the claim when battling well; has the speed to lead this bunch

2 – Cool Arrow: Good horse; not sure two turns is his thing but Sharp is … well sharp!

Race 2

3 – Miss Lucky: Past two have been good with Murrill in the saddle;  fits nicely.

6 – Splash Hit: Stakes winners takes a massive drop here to get a win.

Race 3

9 – Aggravator: Has been threatening to get into the winner’s circle; today is the day.

6 – Le Pin: Big drop for first out in Cox barn looking to win right off the bat here.

Race 4

3 – Timeslikethese: Got caught a bit wide but ran well; seems to be the most trustworthy.

4 – Macs Champ: Likely leader off the claim and speed run in last;  might be hard to catch

Race 5

7 – Wildwood Dejavu: Has the speed to lead these a long way; across the board play here.

1 – Little Snip: Has rail and the speed to get a good position; could be the upsetter at price.

Race 6

9 – Dixie Jewel: Hoping jockey gets this one out of the gate quickly and to the front.

5 – Hard Headed Woman: Did drift quite a bit in stretch but finished fast despite that quirk.

Race 7

11 – Move It Man: Firster from Sharp; well bred and has been working steadily in the AM.

12 – Kitten Street: Kitten’s Joy firster; another working well; trainer is sneaky with these.

Race 8

3 – Spring Value: In strong form and may get the setup needed to enhance late run kick.

1 – Why Joey Why: Long shot play here; rail; nice win; could be on the move.

Race 9

8 – Castlederg: Long shot play; will be running best at the end; long race on tap here.

9 – Ministers Strike: Another one who will relish the mile-and-a-half distance today.

Race 10

8 – Mobile Bay: Horse to beat; nearly always runs his race and won nicely here in December.

2 – Paddy O’Lionel: Dirt races make this one look very tough in here as a live long shot.

Race 11

8 – Wild About Star: Could be the horse to beat and might be on the improve for Stall.

4 – Eskenformore: Might have bounced a bit in last but was very impressive.

Race 12

3 – My Nilla: Likely favorite has come up just short in past three efforts.

4 – Sofia Kape: Got bet a bit in last; ran OK early then not so well; improves at a price

Around the Track

Thank you to all the readers and followers of this year’s Chok’s Choices. It is always a pleasure to meet folks at the track and talk horse racing with them in person. Thanks again to The New Orleans Advocate and The Advocate for publishing information about horse racing for readers. I will publish final year results next week on Twitter -@beychokracing. See ya next year and good luck today.

Best Bet

Our Best Bet today will be in Race 7 — try a little exacta box 3-11-12 and try to hit a home run on the last day of the meet.

Good luck and may they all come home safely.


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