No. 1 Indygo F M A has been stuck in second in her last three turf routes, those last three works here are very good and she has a shot to break her seconditis. The hot riding Leparoux gets on No. 2 Legacy who has a good last work. 1-2
Big jockey change on second time starter No. 2 Kantina Kowgirl. No. 6 Cal Gal was well bet in her first start here on July 17th when finishing a good 3rd, she will hold much better today. No. 7 Meinertzhageni ran good in her one and only start here on Aug 3rd when finishing a good second. 2-6-7
Trainer Vann Belvoir claimed No. 1 Hard Buns for 20k off the win here when breaking her maiden and now brings her back for a 16k price tag, she is spotted for the win. No. 3 Miz Wounded Knee will try and go long for the first time and we think she can do. No. 6 Jaya Roo just broke her maiden here when lighting up the tote at 35/1, she could come right back and light it up again. 1-3-6
In this 2yo straight maiden race we will side with the best trainers starting with No. 2 Can the Man out of the Baffert barn sporting five works over the track, Russell “the mussel” Baze is in town and he will ride for trainer Jeff Bonde who can strike with his young first timers and he sends out No. 7 Maximinus who is out of the dam Sweet Serendipity who has dropped 5 winners from 5 starters, after those two watch the board for the early action. 2-7
No. 4 Big Bane Theory looks ready to run big for trainer Jerry Quinn who is Carla Gaines assistant as she is sitting out a suspension. No. 5 Kid Edward is sitting on go as Mike Smith says he can get this one home. No. 8 Rock Me Baby may be the speed of the speed and just did get caught here last time out. 4-5-8
Exacta box 4-5-8 and win and place 5
Irving Orozco gets the call on second time Starter No. 3 Little Shack for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, look for a big effort. Gomez gets the call on first time starter No. 4 New Year’s Day for Baffert, this one is very live, after those two this race is open for anyone. 3-4
There is speed, speed and more speed in this 6 furlong sprint so the question is who will be the one that will be making a late run. No. 4 Know More gets back to a sprint and moves from the grass to the poly, she has a win and a second from two starts over this course. No. 8 Red Crème is very versatile and has won 7 of his 19 starts form on or off the pace, the price will be right. No. 9 Cast a Doubt gets Talamo back in the irons in this his second start off the Sadler claim, he can rate right behind the speed. 4-8-9
THE GRADE 1 DEL MAR OAKS
Trainer Christophe Clement ships in the classy No. 2 Discreet Marq and Leparoux gets the call, No. 4 Emotional Kitten ran big in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood when second by a ½ length. Trainer Mike Maker brings in No. 6 Kitten’s Dumplings for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey who are winning all the races back East, Mike Smith will ride. 2-4-6
No. 1 Say’s Who gets Gomez and the rail for Peter Miller. No. 8 Heaven and Earth has a big last work for this her first start and Leparoux and Hollendorfer hook up with this 2yo filly who looks like a real runner.
No. 2 Star Vesta sprung the gate and kept going last time out and has come back with a big bullet work. If the speed folds No. 8 Branding will come running late to get the score. 2-8
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