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AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – March 2

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GULFSTREAM PARK

TOOK A CAB (Race 2 @GP, Feb. 26, 2020) –  This cheap maiden claimer had run against the bias back on Feb. 7th and returned in a winnable spot here.  Unfortunately, after new rider Jaramillo sent him to the lead he dueled with another horse.  He finally put that one away but those efforts took it’s toll in the final 1/16th of a mile.  Eligible to win back in the right spot.

NEW HOPE ROAD (Race 4 @GP, Feb. 26, 2020) – Quality Road filly closed belatedly for third behind the top 2 logical horses in first start since June. Barn only 8% off long layoffs so she could improve next out.

Racing News: Churchill Downs’ stock upgraded

FREUDIAN FINISH (Race 9 @GP, Feb. 20) – Returned off a layoff for trainer Brendan Walsh and nearly pulled off a big upset.  Got run down late by a sharp closer.  There’s a reason Tyler G. took this mount.  Can move forward off this strong performance.

OAKLAWN PARK

WAR VETERAN (Race 5 @OP, Feb. 27, 2020) – This four year old is rounding into sharp form for the Ron Moquet barn.  4yo sat a great trip stalking the leading duo before taking over and drawing off as much the best.  Should handle the rise to “3 life” company next time out at Oaklawn Park.

SAM HOUSTON

ALWAYS INTHE MUNNY (Race 5 @HOU, Feb. 26, 2020) – 3yo Munnings filly was making only her third start and first for a new barn.  She ran a huge race, giving the odds-on favorite everything she could handle.  Also sports a nice turf pedigree, so watch for dirt or turf.

Churchill Downs Stock Upgraded at J.P. Morgan

Fears of Kentucky Derby cancelling are overblown

Shares of Churchill Downs Inc. CHDN, +0.64% rose 1.4% in morning trading Monday, after J.P. Morgan analyst Daniel Politzer upgraded the Kentucky Derby venue, saying investors concerns over the coronavirus outbreak is overblown. Politzer raised his rating to overweight, Churchill Downs Stock Upgradedafter being at neutral for at least the past three years, while keeping his price target at $148. Through Friday, the stock had tumbled 23.6% amid a seven-session losing streak since the $164.37 record close. Politzer said the stock appears to be trading under the assumption that the Kentucky Derby could be cancelled, a scenario he believes as “unlikely,” given that the Derby has run uninterrupted for 145 straight years, despite various pandemics, world wars and the Great Depression…

Churchill Downs Stock Upgraded: