PLAY of the DAY” by Brian Nadeau                   
Date:  6/23/2023 
Featured Track/Race:   Ellis Park – Race 7 
Race overview:  An extremely deep and competitive N1X sprinting 5 ½ furlongs on the turf, with a full field of 10 entered. 
Pace:  It’s a turf sprint, so there will be plenty of heat up front, especially since there are a slew of dirt runners trying to the surface for the first time. 
Trends:  They just aren’t running enough turf races to distinguish anything. 
Best Play:  #3 COUNTERSTRIKE (10-1) (turf only): Stalker endured a wide trip last time but was still beaten in a photo, catches a group filled with dirt runners who are unproven on the surface, and should trip out nicely off all the speed as well. 
Bet Types:    WPS bet and a must-use/potential leverage single in the late Pk5/Pk4 as well. 
Meet/POD Stats:  ElP POD: 4-1-1-0 $1.18/$3.89