Sunday's Best Bet: Night Ops on a mission in Cornhusker

Sunday’s 10th race from Prairie Meadows is the Grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap for three-year-olds and up traveling a mile and an eighth on the main track (Post Time 9:02 p.m. ET). 

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#3 NIGHT OPS (5-2) is probably going to sit a decent inner stalking trip in a race without much pace. He was hung out to dry from post 13 in the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) last time, and that was obviously a much better field. By My Standards won that one and returned to finish 2nd in the Stephen Foster (G2). Warrior’s Charge and Mr Freeze finished 2nd and 3rd at Oaklawn, and both ran in the Met Mile (G1) on July 4. Tacitus was 4th, and he returned with an easy victory in the Suburban (G2). Before the Oaklawn ‘Cap, Night Ops captured three of four dirt routes including the Essex Handicap. This looks like a great spot to pick up a graded victory. 

#9 Dunph (5-1) was on the Derby trail during his juvenile and sophomore seasons, but that road was too rocky for the gelded son of Temple City. He lost his way for quite some time before stretching back out and scoring in his first start after the Joe Sharp claim April 10. Robertino Diodoro nabbed him out of that race for $30,000, and he clicked right back in an optional claiming dirt route at Oaklawn Park May 2. He has tactical speed and should make his presence felt throughout. I am expecting him to take some win action. 

#1 My Sixth Sense (10-1) might not be graded stakes quality, but he could end up being be the controlling speed from the rail, and he should be able to hang in there for quite some time if he shakes loose early. He captured four of his last seven starts vs. lesser competition. 

#8 Downtowner (15-1) likes this oval and has strong local connections in his corner. I like his positional speed, and he finished 2nd at this distance in the Zia Park Championship last fall. 


#3 to win

Quinella 3-9

Exacta 3-9/1-8

Trifecta 3-9/1-3-8-9/1-3-8-9

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