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Asmussen's Pursuit of History: Starters' Evaluation | Monday, August 2

by Xpressbet

August 2, 2021

Trainer Steve Asmussen opens the racing week just 3 victories away from tying Dale Baird’s all-time career record for North American victories. Asmussen’s tally sits at 9,442, so Baird’s 9,445 could be within his reach on Monday with 3 starters entered.

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Colonial Downs // Race 3 // 2:41 pm ET // Da Hoss Stakes // 5-1/2 furlongs (turf)

#2 Boldor (7-2 ML)

Comments: Classy gelding lost all chance at the start last out at Monmouth, but his previous effort in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint on the Preakness undercard would put him in the mix. Kentucky raider Just Might will be a formidable favorite to topple. The 1/ST BET artificial intelligence win projection is 14%.

Louisiana Downs // Race 1 // 3:45 pm ET // claiming // 5 furlongs (turf)

#2 Charco (3-2 ML)

Comments: First-time starter cost $70,000 and is out of Coteau Kitten, a win-early Louisiana-bred who won her first 3 starts, including the Shine Young Futurity at Evangeline. As a first-time starter, the 1/ST BET artificial intelligence lacks sufficient data to effectively evaluate his win projection.

Indiana Grand // Race 8 // 6:02 pm ET // allowance // 1 mile (turf)

#6 Amani’s Lioness (6-1 ML)

Comments: Debut winner flattened out in first try against winners when wide against a sizzling pace. Tapit filly changes riders to Joe Talamo, but will have to overcome Lightning Lou for red-hot trainer Mike Maker among others. The 1/ST BET artificial intelligence win projection is 8%.

Looking Ahead:

Asmussen’s Tuesday includes 4 entrants at Louisiana Downs and 1 at Indiana Grand. He has 2 Saratoga starters set for Wednesday and no entrants on Thursday.