God's Tipster's Friday 2.18 Fair Grounds Pick – He's on a Smooth runner in the 8th, a route slated for grass

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God's Tipster's Friday 2.18 Fair Grounds Pick – He's on a Smooth runner in the 8th, a route slated for grass

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Thursday’s Race Recap from Fair Grounds:

(All odds US)

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Fair Grounds:

Race 8: 3rd@ 2.50/1

Race 9: 5th@ 3.50/1

In Race 8, Brion sped away to an early lead. Broken Rib caught him late at 37/1. Marital Bliss ranged up late for third. In Race 9, Pledgeofallegiance got pace to run at but came wide and never really fired as another rank outsider - Suggested won at 25/1.

Fair Grounds has produced some strange results lately. We can only hope things get more clear before the big Saturday race card.

We are expecting sunny skies on Friday at Fair Grounds but with rain expected for much of Thursday and Saturday’s big stakes card I’m going to handicap as if all races are run on the main track as they won’t want to compromise the turf course before their big race day.

Friday pick for Fair Grounds

Race 8: American Smooth - 1 pt win (US Morning Line Odds: 6/1)

This race is carded for 1 1/16th miles on grass but with rain in the forecast all day Thursday, I’m guessing they run this on dirt in which case American Smooth rates a long look. This runner cost $295k and is a half to Grade 1 winner Grace Adler and Graded stakes placed Virginia Key. In his first start he finished last and that’ll turn a lot of people off but he faced a tough, tough field that day and he drops in class to maiden claimers. Of the runners he faced in that race only one has come back - Ardanwood - and he improved his speed figure a full 15 points off that debut effort. Faces no world-beaters and should get pace to close into.

Best of luck to everyone playing Friday’s races from Fair Grounds!

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