10/23/2010 4:48PM

Hawthorne: Rain, but turf playing the same

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Pair of pace-pressers have won the day's two turf races, with the speed horses hanging on for a slice both times. That means that the shape of grass races on a course that has taken some rain for just about the first time since this meet opened has not changed much. Turf speed has dominated much of the meet and continues to do well, though the course, rock-hard going into today, was rated good. Worth pointing out, of course, that the winners of both grass heats today, Denham and Uno Chapo, bbth were highly logical, so it's not like this is some big bias. Still, I've generally been siding with turf horses drawn inside and with some pace, and I've had decent luck of late.

No apparent bias on the main track, which started the day good, not labeled "fast." If you're even a Hawthorne semi-regular, you have an edge over any of those national weekend warriors who subscribe to this catch-all notion that HAW is a speed favoring dirt track. It can be, but that's certainly not typically the case, and speed has been getting swallowed up in plenty of races this week.