Holland's North American Free Racing Picks for Aug. 19

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August 19th, 2020


Race 8

#8 Amanzi Yimpilo (8-1) was well bet when easily winning her debut at Gulfstream in June. Daughter of excellent European turf sire No Nay Never is out of a mare by Galileo and trainer Ward wins with 24% of his runners that have not raced for 46-90 days and has won with 21% of his starters at this meet. $300K yearling purchase can be in good position throughout under Irad Ortiz, who has won with five of his last 15 rides for the barn.

Race 9

Maidens on turf include #10 Little Red Button (8-1), who stretches out in distance off a closing fourth-place finish at this level over 5 1/2 furlongs here last month. Daughter of Bellamy Road is a half-sister to two winners on turf and trainer Stephens wins with 14% of his runners on grass. Chestnut should appreciate the extra ground with Cancel in the irons.

Belterra Park

Race 4

Trainer Reed wins with 19% of his runners that have not raced for 46-90 days and will saddle #3 Whatarocket (6-1), who will try turf for the first time and who was last seen finishing a distant fourth on the main track here in early June. Filly should take to grass being by Goldencents and Reed has won with 15% of his runners this year. Chestnut can be on or near the lead from the start with Leon remaining aboard.

Indiana Grand

Race 6

#5 Day Trip (9-2) was involved from the start when a close second over the course and distance last month in his first start for trainer Calhoun and first outing since February. Son of Tapit is a half-brother to Book Review, who won the La Brea (G1), and Calhoun wins with 21% of his runners second time off a layoff. 4-year-old can be forwardly placed throughout with Parker in the irons.

Emerald Downs

Race 6

Joe Toe wins with 17% of his first-time starters and saddles #3 Fully Compliant (9-2), who has a good win-early pedigree being by Animal Kingdom and out of a mare by Smart Strike. Works include a sharp 3-furlong move in :35 4/5 recently for Toye, who has won with 21% of his starters at this meet. Bay can win at first asking under Wales, who has won with two of his last 10 rides for the barn.