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RT's Saturday Ellis Park Picks: Three mid-priced horses in the Early Pick 3, giving the nod to class droppers

First post for the Early Pick 3 is 1:50 pm EDT.

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Today will be my first trip to Ellis Park, so let’s get the early pick 3.

Ellis Park R1|Post Time: 1:50 pm ET

Dirt 6 Furlongs|3yo+ Clm 16000N2L|Purse: $16K

3-Kinfolk (7/2) is the choice given that the two favorites exit a win in maiden claiming races. Given his speed numbers and class drop, he should get the win.

Ellis Park R2|Post Time: 2:18 pm ET

Turf 5 1/2 Furlongs|3yo+ Md 10000|Purse: $12.5K

2-M M M My Sharoana (4/1) drops down to this basement level and has proven three back that she can get the job done numbers-wise. A $220K FTO 2yo Spring Auction filly by Liam’s Map, she had a terrific :48 work on July 5 and Mike Maker/Martin Garcia winning at a 19% rate.

Ellis Park R3|Post Time: 2:46 pm ET

Turf 1 1/16 Miles|3yo+ Clm 30000N2L|Purse: $19.5K

Although the numbers say yes for 9-Optimus Kat (3/1), his 9/0-0-4 turf record says no. 7-Gold Heritage (4/1) gets the nod in this as his 4/1-1-0 for $52K on turf bests this field on a per turf race average. He takes a drop in class and his last work of 1:00.6 on July 5, shows he is peaking.

Happy Hunting!

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