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Rubber Match for Rail Skimmer, Coolmore

October 13, 2002|BOB MIESZERSKI

With one win apiece, Rail Skimmer and Coolmore will meet for the third time in tonight's $15,000 Calyx Handicap at 870 yards.

After finishing second, nearly three lengths behind Rail Skimmer in the Rapid Champ Handicap on July 6, Coolmore turned the tables in an allowance race on Aug. 24.

He overcame a four-length deficit in the stretch to win by half a length at 9-2, defeating the 3-10 favorite.

Owned by Ed Allred and trained by Kelly Lewis, Rail Skimmer is the one to catch in the Calyx and will break from post 6 in the field of seven, directly inside Coolmore.

Rounding out the lineup are quarter horses Seeks Joy, Bcr Get Bac Jac and Azure Classic Star, thoroughbred More Red and appaloosa Sell Short.

Owned by Wayne and Laura Lukas and trained by the latter, Coolmore has won three of five since being stretched out to 870 yards. He will be ridden for the first time by Ramon Sanchez.

The picks: 1. Finest Ryon. 2. Shescape. 3. Romantic Beduino. 4. Pennants Headlight. 5. Teller Corona. 6. B. Fabulous. 7. Great Tip. 8. Rail Skimmer. 9. Azuzenas De Amoy.

Four! Use B. Fabulous, Early And Often and Newt Bunyard in the sixth, Great Tip, Scuba Steve and Metamorphosis in the seventh, single Rail Skimmer in the eighth and BW Beduina, Poke Money and Azuzenas De Amoy in the ninth.

Shots in the dark: Moms Cashtaker could improve in second time out in the third for trainer Connie Hall. Romanos Memory debuts in a pretty soft spot in the fifth.

Post time: 5:40 p.m.

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