No. 5 Empire Cat just missed in his last start going this mile distance at Los Al, Bejarano sticks and he has a nice last work. No. 6 Mr. Chase drops to a level that makes him very dangerous. Mike Smith hops on dropper No. 7 Call It Good who will really wake up in this spot. 5-6-7
3yo maidens go 5-1/2 furlongs, No. 1 Honor Society is out of the dam Our Rite of Spring who has dropped 5 winners from 5 starters. No. 2 New Summit ran a nice third here in his first start and has a bullet work for this. No. 9 Zendai ran good here back in October when finishing second behind the stakes winning Ocho Ocho Ocho. 1-2-9
No. 1 Endless Cruise will show all of his early speed with the big drop to this level. No. 7 Intermix is in from Woodbine for trainer Make Casse and he puts Van Dyke on board and turns him back in distance and also gets a big drop in class. 1-7
Down the hill they go and No. 3 Mio Me ships in from Churchill Downs where she was a very close 4th going a mile on the grass and her last work says she is on go. No. 10 Lakwani was sent off the favorite in her first start and it was down the hill. She had the front end down the lane but tired late, she will be a much tighter filly today and Mike Smith gets the call. No. 11 Boat Drinks has been in steady work mood for Sadler, she looks ready to run a big race and gets a great post for her first start. 3-10-11
Exacta box 3-10-11 and win and place 3
No. 4 Pulling G’s is in from the Big A where he ran mighty tough. No. 6 Well Measured has hit the board in all four of his starts. No. 11 Bernster a 6yo has been bet like a good thing in his two races for Baffet. 4-6-11
Down the hill they go again, No. 7 Underhill Drive exits out HTW list as a $$$$$ play, we will single in the picks and bet flat. No. 10 Tinkerbelle Tops beat Underhill last out going five furlongs on the grass. 7-10
Exacta box 7-10 and win and place 7
THE GRADE II SANTA YNEZ
Speed speed and more early zip in this 6-1/2 furlong race so we will look for a filly who will sit and pounce down the lane. No. 3 Light the City has shown she can sit and also that she can stand a battle. No. 8 Conquest Harlanate is the best closer and she gets big race Mike Smith. 3-8
THE GRADE II SAN GABRIEL
No. 2 Big Bane Theory has won 4 of his 6 starts here on the grass including the Grade II City of Hope stakes here, we will take our shot with him in what is a very wide open race. 2
Now after back-to-back Grade II races we get $20k maiden fillies and mares going 5-1/2 furlongs. No. 6 Profit Motive makes her first start and she is out of the dam Risk the Gold who has dropped 3 winners from 3 starters and she has a nice last work over the track. No. 12 Southern Owah will be on or near the front end and if able to clear she could be gone. 6-12
No. 3 Courage of Faith drops in class and gets back to a sprint. No. 1 True Character also drops after breaking in the air in his first start with straight maidens, just toss that race and we will give him a shot.
No. 1 Blue Blizzard will be odds on in here and looks it, we can’t bet on her or against her.
No. 6 Wild At Best is in from Del Mar/Santa Anita for Hollendorfer and this filly has found little to beat.
$20k maiden 3yo fillies going a mile on the grass if it stays on. No. 1 Misty Warrior was a closing 5th in her one grass start, No. 5 Sweet Union ships in and goes long on the grass both for the first time, she is bred for the trip. No. 6 Suite One has run good in both of her turf races. 1-5-6
No. 5 Ninnavee is in top form and is looking for her 4th straight win. She will try and hold off No. 4 Stay Positive who just failed to nail her on the line last out losing by a neck. No. 6 Mum’s Kee also exits the race and today she gets the bug boy, she could upset the apple cart. 4-5-6
They are scheduled to go 1-1/16 on the grass. No. 2 Agustina de Aragon gets back on the grass in this her first start off the Martin claim. No. 4 Handfull is the speed and will be playing catch me if you can, she has won 3 races here on the grass. No. 5 Woodys Wharf is the stablemate of Aragon and she gets her second shot on this circuit. No. 6 Kukaluka ships back in form Del Mar/Santa Anita, she has a win and a second on this turf course from two tries. 2-4-5-6
No. 2 Jazzy Josh won at first asking at Del Mar, she comes here liking the synthetic surface. No. 7 Extant has won both of his starts here and can run on the front end our rate. 2-7
$20k maidens going 1 mile on the grass, most of these girls are big time losers. No. 6 Run for Daylight gets his third start and will like the grass. No. 9 Ain’t Tellin’ has speed and gets his 6th start and first on the grass, he will like the green. 6-9
No. 4 Rosarita looks very live at first asking for trainer Diaz. No. 5 Spending Plan comes off a long layoff but would beat these if able to run anywhere near her one race. 4-5
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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].