Pair of turf plays Friday at Arlington

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August 11th, 2017

Saturday is the main event at Arlington, with six stakes offered on a 12-race Million Day card, but Friday offers the opportunity to boost the bankroll with an eight-race twilight program (4:15 EDT 1st post).

Here are a couple of horses I like:

In the 4th race, #2 Sea Rover returns to turf and is eligible to receive a prime trip in the one-mile turf affair. The 3-year-old colt didn’t handle Polytrack last time but has gained valuable fitness in recent starts, including a pair of allowance attempts versus better at Churchill Downs and he’ll be saving ground from his inside post before striking. Sea Rover should relish this level in the second start for a tag.

Before sending out a couple of horses on Million Day, Team Block has an excellent chance to win the 8th race Friday with #9 Flash N Go. The 3-year-old Candy Ride filly acted up at the starting gate in her debut before just missing in an off-the-turf maiden special weight on May 12, finishing less than a length back in third against a pair of next-out winners who are now competing at Saratoga, and she returns off a three-month freshening for Chris Block, who wins at a 23% clip the first time on turf.

I will play Sea Rover and Flash N Go straight if the price isn’t too low and key both runners in any multi-race wagers.

Good luck!