There are nine meetings to look forward to in the USA on Friday, with cards to come from the likes of Aqueduct, Gulfstream, Santa Anita and Tampa Bay Downs.

The action commences at 17:25, with Laurel Park’s nine-race meeting. A maiden claiming contest opens the card, a race in which Distant Thunder (5/4) is the favourite after finishing second last time out.

Laurel Park’s card comes to a close at 21:25, with John Robb’s Nova Boy (9/4) well fancied to make it back-to-back wins.

Gulfstream’s 10-race offering starts a little later at 17:35 and Betfred will pay up to three places in the second race at 18:05.

Betfred’s “Free bet if 2nd” promotion is also on offer in the six-furlong claiming race at 19:38. Punters will receive a £10 free bet if their selection finishes second and after returning to form before Christmas with a third-place finish, a step up in trip to six-furlongs could prove perfect for Roderick Rodriguez’s Heavenly Blessing (5/1).

Tampa Bay Downs plays host to nine races from 17:42 to 21:50, while Aqueduct’s card follows soon after at 17:50.

A maiden claiming contest opens the card, with a close race expected between Black Limo (4/1), Lotsnlotsofchrome (4/1), Romantic Man (9/2) and Rocco Strong (9/2).

Betfred’s “Free bet if 2nd” promotion is available in the 19:20, while the card ends two hours later at 21:20.

Both cards at Turf Paradise and Santa Anita feature nine races, with racing to begin at 19:30 and 20:30 respectively. Santa Anita’s card concludes at 00:30, while Turf Paradise’s meeting finishes slightly earlier at 23:14.

Penn National’s agenda features a bumper 11 events, with the meetings running from 23:00-03:20.

Charles Town plays host to 10 races from 00:00, while the card ends at 04:32.

Finally, there will be ten races to enjoy at Sam Houston Race Park, with punters able to watch the racing from 00:45 to 04:48.

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