Race 1: Sum Overture may be overlooked on the tote board and could upset at a price. Alien
Season is the logical horse on paper for WW, but could be a vulnerable favorite at a very short
price but should be on the ticket. Flight Time was claimed last start by Billy Gowan and lands in
a decent spot today. He is lightly raced for a six year old, but tries hard every time.
Race 2: Port Hunter is a standout in here on the drop in class for Asmussen. Pay the Bailiff is
another getting some class relief and should be forwardly placed with the addition of blinkers
today. Count Your Pennies ran on well last time at the sprint distance and gets hot riding
Corrales to take the call while stretching out in distance.
Race 3: Into the Sunrise was disappointing on debut when soundly beaten as the favorite. He
should show drastic improvement on the turf today. Ram debuts here for DWL and is from a
very good family. He is by a triple crown winner and a half to stakes winner Conquest Titan and
multiple graded stakes winner Coal Front. Cuz should move forward with a race under his belt.
Race 4: Woopigsooie closed well last time after being compromised at the start. He drops way
down the ladder and is the horse to beat from the Ortiz barn. Not Again Jackie was second
against similar last start and gets C Lan back in the tack. Ah Yeah should be forwardly placed
and could hang around for a slice at a price.
Race 5: Hidden Facts is coming off a pair of runner up performances and appears to be in a
good spot to get her third lifetime win. Even Beat ran just behind my top pick in her last couple
and will be closing stoutly late. Dixieincandyland exits the same races as the top two picks and
had a good showing both times. She just fired a bullet at Churchill last week and appears to be
in top form.
Race 6: Zapper Van Winkle finds a soft bunch here to make his seventh career start the
winning one. Epic West was fifth last start off the shelf and looks to improve here today in his
second start off that layoff for Gary & Mary West. Asphalt was the best horse here last out
when finishing second. He had an eventful trip and although he is stepping up the ladder, he
could get a piece of it. He also gets an upgrade in jockey Lanerie.
Race 7: Rearrange was third in behind Tizahra in her last start. The latter came back to win a
first level allowance race last week at Keeneland. This daughter of Speightstown is a definite
threat this afternoon. Angel de Cora most likely will be a price and her breeding indicates she
should take to the grass. I look for a much better showing today. Tuff Bird should improve while
retuning to the mile distance with Flo calling the shots.
Race 8: Motagally had a dismal effort last start as the beaten fave on the turf. He returns to the
dirt today and look for a much better effort from this Chad Brown trainee here at the Pea Patch.
This unique one mile configuration should be to his liking as well. Sagaponack was impressive
breaking his maiden last year at Monmouth and ran huge number. He is idle since then, but the
Hall of Famer will have him primed to pop making his first start this year. West Sider gets the
services of the Bluegrass Stakes winning jockey, Brian Hernandez, and is better than his last
Race 9: Lustica is going to be a price on the board. She is royally bred for the grass and
trained by a very good trainer. Brendon Walsh’s horses excel on the grass, and this one should
be no exception. She is well drawn and Corey most likely will never leave the inside with her
and save every yard. Memory Moment is a homebred for Spendthrift making her turf debut for
Mr. Al and is from a very talented family. She is a full sister to the Grade 1 winner Bolo and a
half to another stakes winner. Sail on Ellen is a consistent sort and has to be considered.
Jimmy McNerney, 44, became just the 12th voice to fill the airwaves bellowing from high atop the Ellis Park grandstand in 2015. In addition to his track announcer duties, he is also the Ellis Park morning line odds-maker and the on-air race analyst. While he was born in Kentucky, he grew up right here in nearby Evansville. He is a third generation horseman, as his family is deep rooted in the horse racing business. McNerney has held about every job on the racetrack. He has been a groom, gallop boy, racing official, and a jockey agent, just to name a few. His knowledge and passion for the sport run very deep. His main objective is to make the experience for the race fan an enjoyable and profitable one. He is highly regarded as an expert handicapper and enjoys teaching the novice handicappers his art to picking winners. In addition, McNerney has frequently hosted handicapping seminars to help promote and educate the sport of kings to horse players. He currently is the also the race caller and television analyst at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky. He also enjoys emceeing charity events and can also be found on the auction block calling bids at various auction houses throughout the country. The father of three daughters, spends his spare time rooting on his beloved Cincinnati Bengals. He has previously called races at numerous race tracks across the country including Beulah Park, Fair Grounds Racecourse, Hazel Park, Hoosier Park, Indiana Grand, Lone Star Park, and Louisiana Downs.