09/18/2010 2:00PM

Monmouth: Go Play Outside Again

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This track is beginning to look very much like the one we had on Labor Day weekend, when it would have been wiser to simply box all the outside runners than to handicap. The inner portion of the main track is apparently still deeper than the outside paths, and I, for one, will ignore all the preliminary work I've done on this card and simply play those horses drawn wide, who figure to get outside trips. Play those horses drawn inside at your own risk, especially those with speed.

So, how do we capitalize? It's not easy to figure, but for one thing I'm changing my opinion on a horse like Hop Skip and Away in the 5th. He's widest, he's a closer, and there's speed to his inside. I was against him because he enjoyed a favorable set-up in his latest, the Colts Neck, which he won with a late run on a track which favored closers, but conditions are apparently very similar today.