No. 2 Mr. Cactus is the one to beat in this race off his last start when finishing a close second when Bejarano got the mount, he will be back on today. No. 5 Cousin Ricky drops a notch and will have the jump on Mr. Cactus and try and hold him off down the lane. 2-5
We will use the uncoupled Marty Jones horses in the second leg of the double and the pick five, first time starter No. 1 Sweet Spell with Talamo who has won with two of his three mounts for Jones at the meet and No. 4 Provenance who gets the up and coming bug boy Van Dyke. 1-4
We find ourselves in a singling mood in this leg of the players pick five and we will take our shot with No. 3 Madoffwiththemoney who is out of the barn of Danny Velasquez who has won with 3 of his 5 starters at the meet. She gets a drop in class and will try and take them wire-to-wire. 3
Now we will go three deep using No. 3 Fanny Brice who broke slow in her last start but made a real nice late run. No. 5 Peppy Bolly loses Mike Smith but gets the hot Tyler Baze who will have this mare into the race a little earlier. Mike Smith opts for second time starter and winner first out No. 6 Cougarontheprowl. 3-5-6
Exacta and tri box 3-5-6
We will use two runners in the last leg of the players pick five. No. 2 La Casadora who gets the drop and stretchout and No. 8 Alissa R N a Jeff Mullins first time starter that looks ready to run big at a price. 2-8
Players pick five
No. 1 Lord Kitra comes off the layoff but finds a good spot off the maiden breaker here last April. No. 3 Readyforhercloseup doesn’t have much win spirit but looks part of the exotics. No. 6 Incredible Journey gets the big drop in class second off the layoff. 1-3-6
The big question in this six furlong race on the dirt is which one of these turf horses will take to the dirt? No. 1 J and S Express is in good form but this track is the question mark. No. 3 Always a Chance will be making a late run if he likes the track. No. 6 Mark of a Gem finished 4th in both of her dirt starts here last January. 1-3-6???
Another puzzler as we get 3yo going down the hill. No. 3 Melatonin gets his fifth start and fifth jockey, this time Bejarano and his last race was down the hill and not bad. No. 9 Kozani gets his third start and Nakatani who was on for his first two stays and he gets a great post and looks the one to beat. 3-9
Exacta box 3-9 and win and place 9
No. 2 Call Him Paddy will once again try and run down No. 5 Trice Up who just did miss in his last start.
Last week trainer Eric Kruljac had two first time starters in a race and he finished one two and in this race he has two first time starters. No. 3 Redistribute and No. 5 Love Forever. 3-5
No. 2 Mazama Sunrise is back in town from Turf Paradise and looks live with these. No. 5 Adelta gets a big drop in class for Hollendorfer and the hot Baze. 2-5
No. 1 Catch Lorraine gets back on the synthetic surface and that makes her very tough in this race. No. 2 Fearless Cat will be making a late run at the tiring speed. 1-2
Exacta box 1-2 and win and place 2
Bill Morey sends out first time starter No. 1 Dino War and Eric Kruljac sends out first time starter No. 3 Not too Shiny. Jeff Bonde sends out the mare to beat No. 5 Gift of Tiffany the speed. 1-3-5
No. 3 Very Elusive will be just that in this paceless race as he will be the lone speed playing catch me if you can at a short price with Baze riding. The ones that will try and run him down are No. 4 Classic Crusader, No. 5 Funi Act and No. 7 War Politics. 3**-4-5-7
Tri key 3 with 4-5-7 with 4-5-7 and 4-5-7 with 3 with 4-5-7
Only 7 races today so in the last leg of the pick four No. 2 Good to Be King looks to have a pace advantage and will try and hold off No. 3 King Maya. 2-3
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Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].