Tuesday's Best Bet: Handsome Playboy is attractive play

Tuesday’s seventh race from Presque Isle Downs is the $100,000 Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds dashing 6 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather surface. The scheduled post time is 4:12 p.m. EDT.

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No. 5 Handsome Playboy (5-1) was full of run in the stretch in his sharp flat-mile turf bow at Monmouth Park. Gerald Bennett is sending out live runners at Presque Isle, and he has good stats with horses turning back in distance. 

No. 7 Sir Lancelot (5-2) controlled the pace and pulled well clear in his dirt sprint debut at Delaware Park. He might be the one to catch under Jose Ortiz if he handles all-weather ground. 

No. 4 Shammah (3-1) wired the field in his last two local sprints for a productive jockey-trainer team. He was the betting favorite in all three outings and should make his presence felt throughout.

No. 2 Hendrickson (10-1) added blinkers and looked good graduating in a local route second time out, and the runner-up and show finisher were both won their next starts. Graham Motion’s improving $150k purchase should save ground behind the speed and will try to get involved in the lane.  

Wagers: 

No. 5 to win

Exacta box 5-7

Trifecta 4-5-7/4-5-7/2

Recent Best Bet winners

Sept. 30 - Freedom Flyer ($10.60)
Monday - Back to Ohio ($4.20)

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