Wednesday’s Best Bet: Hannah’s Haven is progressing

Wednesday’s 7th Evangeline Downs race is a $23,000 allocation event for fillies and mares that have never won two races. They will rush six furlongs on the main track (start time 9:13 p.m. EDT).

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No. 5 HANNAH’S HAVEN (3-1) fought back in a maiden claiming dirt sprint at Churchill Downs on May 12. Ron Faucheux enjoys a great encounter and she should be at the heart of things from the start if she duplicates her last.

No. 4 First I’ve Seen (5-2) has put down the show in his last two local one-mile starts, including a stakes affair on June 4. She graduated in a dirt sprint and plans a stalking trip for a solid sprint route/barn.

The No. 1 Absolutely (2-1) comes out consecutively in second place on the grass and she fought in a local special weight case a mile on the dirt before that. She might run out of ground at that sprint distance.

3 Patmepatmepatme (7-2) escaped with sub-par spreads from the outside post in her first clean seven-back win on June 18. His trainer has struggled with recent graduates trying first-time winners, and the pace should be faster in this shorter event.

No. 6 Mariah’s Candy (10-1) makes her first start in over eight months. She achieved competitive speed ratings in dirt sprints last year and is assessing whether she is ready to come off the bench.

Paris :

No. 5 to win

Exact 4-5/1-4-5

Trifecta 3-5-6/1-4/1-4

Recent Best Bet Winners

Tuesday – Derby House ($4.40)
Thursday – Supper Catch ($3.00)
Friday – Net a Bear ($6.20), trifecta ($87.80)
Saturday – Crystal Cliffs ($4.20) – tied
Sunday – Chasing Artie / The Virginian exacta ($29.00)