07/01/2010 7:45AM

CD: Thurs. scratches

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After several weeks of incredibly hot weather, it couldn't be nicer than it is now, with high temps expected in the low 80s today and low humidity . . . perfect.

HOF trainer DWLukas was pretty disappointed that only 2 others entered against his newest star, '09 Derby winner Mine That Bird, in an alw race scheduled for Sat., leading to the race not filling. Seems very doubtful to me that Lukas would run MTB in the Firecracker on the grass on closing day, Sunday, so it'll be interesting to see if DWL really will run him off a 9-month layoff in the Aug. 7 Whitney at Sar. My guess is that with DWL heading to Sar on July 12, he'll be looking real hard for a prep either at Bel or Mth sometime soon . . . just a guess.

We've got 3 graded stakes to end the 42-day meet: the Locust Grove and Bashford Manor on Sat., and the Firecracker on Sunday. Also,  the 4th and last Fri. nite of the meet is tomorrow with a cowboy/barbecue theme.

A reminder that '09 Eclipse Award winning jockey J.Leparoux returns from a 6-week layoff today. Welcome back, mon homme.

Today we'll have a fast track, firm turf with inner rail out 15 feet. . . . carryovers of about $10k in the $2 pick 6 (races 4-9) and $11k in the super high 5 (race 9). Here follow the early changes:

Race 2 - SCR #1 This Smoke Did It

Race 3 - SCR #3 Starlite Starbrite

Race 4 - SCR #1 Peace and Joy

Race 6 - SCR #7 Nowhere to Hide; SCR #11 Canadian Wish (M.T.O.); note that #1A Motion Play will run

Race 8 - SCR #10 Dabossman (M.T.O.)

Race 9 - SCR #13 Vintucky; SCR #14 Silver Clan; SCR #15 She's That Good