05/30/2010 2:27PM

Monmouth: Key scratch in the 7th

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The scratch of #9, Indian Legend, in race seven completely changes the complexion of the race, which already lacked speed. The closers were already at a disadvantage, but that scratch gives the frontrunners even more of an advantage.Hooked On Hope (#1) not only has the rail, an advantage in these situations, but she also has Joe Bravo, a master at exploiting favorable race flows. Others who figure to benefit from the race flow include Blushing Dixie (#8), and possibly longshot Halfbetterthannone (#5), who was once a one-dimensional speed but she now rates effectively.