06/10/2010 2:01PM

Arlington: Scratches in race 3 = major pace change

EmailSo yeah, I got race 3, a $25K turf claimer, all doped out. The tempation was to side with likely heavy chalk Exchanging Kisses, but EK is pretty much all speed, and while positively drawn on the outside, there are two other pace horses to keep him honest up front, and . . . .What's that? Those two other pace horses both scratched? Major Rhythm AND Tidy Up both came out? Wow - talk about race shape totally changing. Now, Ex Kisses could easily coast along on soft pace. Little surprised he's still 6-5 with four minutes to post. Spider Power, who I briefly considered here, took a lot of early play. Paisano Creek holding firm at second choice, 5-2, but was quite dull last time.