No. 1 Salsita has run here three times finishing second in all three. No. 4 Bunuska did not like the Santa Anita dirt but had a win and a second here in her two starts back in July and August. 1-4
No. 2 Sweet Swap looks like a nice single in the players pick five, he will get the perfect pace setup with all the early speed in this 5 furlong turf sprint, look for him to motor home down the lane.
Win and place 2
The is the toughest leg of the players pick five and the big players will be hitting the all button, but with our bank roll we will take our shot with No. 1 Victoria Falls a well bred first time starter with Van Dyke riding and No. 4 Counting Queens her stablemate who also looks very live. 1-4
No. 2 Valentine Boy lost both of his starts at Santa Anita but gets back to the spot of his last win. No. 3 Nextdoorneighbor don’t win many but makes his usual late run for a piece. No. 11 Zip Cat will be gunning from the bell and will try and take them wire-to-wire if able to clear early. 2-3-11
Exacta box 2-3-11
Another tough 2yo maiden race going a mile on the grass. No. 6 Flexible has been right there in his three starts and now will try the grass. No. 10 Royal Journey ran good down the hill and now will go long for the hot training Mike Puype, Mike Smith sticks. No. 11 Conquest Dreamin has big early speed and the breeding to get this turf trip. No. 12 Temple Keys exits our HTW list as a $$$ play. 6-10-11-12
Key tri 12 with 6-10-11 with 6-10-11 and 6-10-11 with 12 with 6-10-11
Players pick five
5th 6-10-11-12 ($24.00)
No. 4 Shackleford Banks comes off a nice win at Santa Anita, trainer Richard Mandella has put back to back 7 furlongs works into him for this, he has a big shot at a fair price. 4
Win and place 4
No. 2 Practising gets a big drop in class, if she is ok and can run back to her Del Mar turf race she can win. No. 9 Gabby’s Purim ran right behind Practising in that Del Mar race and they could run one two.
No. 3 Dr. Vincentstein stumbled at the start in his last to lose all chance. No. 4 Justonemorething was steadied at the start in his one try but still made a little late run. No. 5 Speedy Tornado just failed when dropped to this level last out. No. 12 Dance Dee a Door O adds speed to the race and just may like this poly surface. 3-4-5-12
8th 3-4-5-12 ( $16.00)
No. 5 Da Jersey Express looks to have found a group he can beat, he will sit and pounce down the lane.
No. 1 Rever de Vous gets back to going long. No. 2 Melanie Rose won here going long one race back. No. 4 Inside Scoop is in top form and will try to go long for the first time. 1-2-4
No. 4 Missing Groom never got untracked last time out in his first start on this circuit, we will give him another shot with Hernandez getting the leg up. No. 5 Hurricane Lake is the one to beat as he has never been off the board here going 4-1-2 in his 7 starts. 4-5
No. 2 Hawk’s Glen gets a big break in the weights with the improving Carson Sullivan getting the ride, he will try and run them down late. No. 3 Perfect Indication will also be making a late impact. 2-3
2yo maidens go a mile on the grass. No. 2 Lucky Pirate has been working down South for trainer Craig Dollase who brings them in to win. No. 3 Midnight Destiny gets the blinkers on for his first try on the grass. No. 5 Rye Patch and No. 6 Bossmon both look to have some kind of shot in here. 2-3-5-6
Win and place 2
No. 4 The Gray Hound just missed at this level last out. No. 5 Nina’s Dragon and No. 8 Betting McCann Can both were right there in the same race. 4-5-8
Exacta box 4-5-8
No. 3 Cora Elizabeth ran a good second in her first try on the grass going long last out here. No. 6 Bridle Beauty ran behind Cora in a nice even effort, we look for her to move forward. No. 2 Silent Reward also exits the race. 2-3-6
No. 4 Mystorynmstikntoit missed by a slim neck in his last start, he drops a notch and looks to have an edge for a trainer that is starting to heat up. 4
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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].