This first race is one sorry 8k claimer with our usual short field to start the day. We will side with No. 2 Newfound Gold who drops a notch of the win as his trainer looks to be striking while the iron is hot.
We get another six horse field for the second race today. No. 5 Mum has a great work pattern for this 7 furlong elongated sprint. No. 6 Courageous Call will be the speed in this her second off the layoff.
Another six horse field, this one they go 1¼ on the dirt. We will use two out of the same race No. 1 Woodmans Luck and No. 4 Perfect Set, both exit the Mambo Man race. 1-4
This is the toughest end of the players pick five as we get 3yo 30k maiden fillies going 6½ furlongs. No. 2 Wild Optimism is in from Sunland Park for Peter Miller who has been sending out nothing but live runners from there. No. 3 Ryleigh Ruler who was last seen finishing second at Del Mar last July. No. 7 Queen Mad who drops to her lowest level in this her sixth start and No. 8 Alice Roadtrain who will get the trip from this post. 2-3-7-8
No. 3 Ambitoness likes this turf course and is back from Florida for Hess. No. 6 Smart N Dreamy is back to her claimed price. The level of her near loss at this mile turf distance. 3-6
Players pick five
5th 3-6 ($16.00 for .50 cents)
Since we don’t think anyone can win this race, No. 1 Ravens Ironwood looks to have a shot in this his first start for a very low profile trainer who also sends out No. 6 Storm Bid. No. 8 Slight Edge has had a lot of shots but none this easy. 1-6-8
Down the hill they go, No. 5 Tiz a Kiss was making a big late run when sent a mile on the grass last year at Del Mar, Sadler looks to have her ready. No. 6 Jade With Envy also comes off the layoff and her lone try down the hill was a good second. No. 8 Midnight Lady gets the jockey switch that could send her to the winners circle. 5-6-8
No. 6 Closet E has really burned some serious cash in his two starts at this level as he finished second in both one at 7/5 and the other at .80 cents on the dollar, he is the one to beat again. No. 8 Warrensgoldenyears just missed in this last start going a mile and will love this 1-1/16 route. 6-8
Exacta box 6-8
This is scheduled to go a 1-1/16 on the grass and it is a very funny race to say the least with the two main runners if left on the grass being No. 2 Funny How and No. 6 Funi Act. 2-6
Jockey Silvio Amador who can ride got on No. 1 Whilly Pink last time out and got the easy win, he sticks on the move up and he could repeat. No. 3 My Boy Butch drops into an action spot. No. 6 T. D.’s Gold gets back to 6 furlongs and he will be making a late run along with Whilly. 1-3-6
No. 1 Ron’s Ranger is out of the Mason barn that has been heating up big time. He will try and turn the tables on No. 6 What’s for Dinner who eat him last time out. 1-6
Exacta box 1-6 and win and place 1
No. 4 Quistadorabale has a nice last work and gets her second off the long layoff, she drops in class and this looks like the money run. No. 5 No Baby will be the danger as she is spotted well off the maiden breaker. 4-5
No. 2 Handfull likes to win and that is it as she has won 3 for her 7 starts here with no seconds or thirds. 2
No. 2 Luvmocha will show all of her early speed today with the drop to this level, bet her to cash. No. 3 Secret Betrayal will try and run her down. 2-3
No. 5 Captain Rodney will try and take them wire-to-wire. No. 6 The Sunol Grade also has good early speed and will be keeping Rodney company on the front end. No. 7 Gold Tie Please gets his second start on this circuit and the little drop will help his chances. No. 10 will be sitting off the hot pace and try and mow them all down late. 5-6-7-10
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