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Papo picks the Fourstardave at the Spa

By Papo Morales, AmWager NOTE: Papo picked this race last week, and made some of his decisions based on the rain that ultimately washed out the day. While he still likes Force the Pass as his key horse, please follow his twitter feed at https://twitter.com/papocore1 for updates and thoughts. Additionally, listen to his analysis of this race plus other Saratoga and Del Mar Stakes on IHeart Radio at 10-11am ET. Race 10 Fourstardave Handicap: A

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Papo picks the West Virginia Derby

By Papo Morales, AmWager Race 8 Grade 2 West Virginia Derby 1 1/8th Miles A field of 11 three-year-old’s looking to pick up a Derby win by crossing the wire first in Mountaineer’s biggest race, the West Virginia Derby. Morning line favoritism falls on Cupid (3-1), for trainer Bob Baffert, who is coming into the race off an outstanding win in the Grade 2 Indiana Derby. In that race, Cupid showed his mettle by setting

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Profiles of the West Virginia Derby field

From Mountaineer Park Cupid Gray/Roan colt 122 3-1 Morning LineCareer record: 7-3-1-0, $880,553Kentucky-bred: Tapit – Pretty ‘n Smart (Beau Genius)Foaled: May 19, 2013Jockey: Rafael BejaranoTrainer: Bob BaffertCo-owners: Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, and Derrick Smith

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Belmont Stakes, Creator and Destin reunion

By Dave Litfin, NYRA Seven weeks after Creator scored a narrow win against Destin in the final U.S. classic of the season, those two are set for a rematch in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 30 at Saratoga Race Course. Creator and Destin, who were separated by inches at the end of a grueling 12 furlongs in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, hook up again at Saratoga Race Course in Saturday’s Grade

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