No. 1 Ministers Prayer is a first time Tommy Town colt trained by Steve Miyadi who could have run him at Golden Gate but thought highly enough of him to run in this spot. No. 6 Dr. Suer just missed here first out of the box at this level last October, he looks set to rebound. No. 5 Royal Gambler ran a better than looked race last out after a slow start and he will get a fast early pace today. 1-5-6
Trainer Mark Glatt continues to roll the dice with No. 2 Faith Proof who is looking for her fifth straight win. No. 4 Hotaling Heart was a very close 3rd last out in her first try on dirt, she fits at this level. No. 6 Peppy Bolly obviously not the mare she once was but gets her first start off the Diodoro claim. No. 7 Lust for Life is on a win every other race pattern and this is her win race. 2-4-6-7
Jockey Bejarano still sticks with No. 3 Fonz who has been nibbling, he finds a good spot, we will take out shot and single in the players pick five. 3
Kayla Stra is a very hard trying rider and she rides No. 3 Chocolate Delight on the big drop in class off the long layoff. The bug boy Brandon Boulanger gets on No. 4 Spirit of Ten who is a very hard hitter, the light weight could get her home on top in this mile race. No. 5 Nothing to Hide has the hot riding Elvis and goes long for the first time on the drop in class. No. 6 Silk in Silver is the speed and will be playing catch me if you can. 3-4-5-6
Down the hill they go. No. 4 U S Citizen is wheeled back in eight days and comes off a big win going down the hill. No. 6 Saint Loup comes off a long layoff for trainer Julio Canani, he has some good works that signal he could run a big race. No. 8 Pepnic beat the U S Citizen back in December on this course. 4-6-8
No. 6 North Lake Tahoe had trouble in his one start and gets blinkers on today. No. 7 Top Estate will wake up at a price here in this his second start with smoking Joe Steiner getting a rare ride. 6-7
THE $75K MEGAHERTZ GOING A MILE ON THE GRASS
No. 1 Blingsmything couldn’t handle Grade III company last out, she gets the rail and Kent D today. No. 3 Rusty Slipper exits the same race and these two were just a half length apart. No. 4 Nashoba’s Gold comes off the layoff for Carla Gaines, this filly has won 3 of her 5 starts all here on the grass.
THE $200K GRADE II LA CANADA GOING 1-1/16 ON THE DIRT
No. 2 Sam’s Sister just won the Grade I La Brea stakes here on opening day, she has never been this long but she is a win type filly winning 4 of her 5 starts. No. 3 Lexie Lou is the filly to beat as she won a Grade III here won race back and finished second in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at the November Del Mar meet vs the boys. 2-3
Statebred maidens go a mile on the grass. No. 6 Easy Ten is bread for the grass and the trip, he didn’t run much in his turf try at Del Mar but he is better than that race and we will give him another shot at a price. No. 10 Itsgettinhotinhere just missed here on the grass at this distance back in October and now gets Bejarano. 6-10
These are some sorry $4k claimers with many losses. No. 5 Cheese is a real hanger but they did something with her last out, they took off the pace and came on in the lane. They now send her a mile, she has run good in her two mile races with better. 5
No. 1 Extensive will find a fast early pace to make his late run. No. 4 Rappa gets Dennis Carr and could wake up in this spot. No. 6 There Goes Donnie gets Ricardo Gonzalez, look for more early speed today.
No. 1 Siberian Olympiad gets a move up off the loss in her first start, she does have the rail and some early speed. No. 3 Council Rules gets a big move up and also has early speed. 1-3
This is the start of the new .20 cent rainbow pick six. No. 2 Magic Number is in from Santa Anita and lands in the barn of John Martin and he puts Baze in the irons. These two have been hot together with 2 wins and 2 seconds from their last 4 hookups. We will take our shot and single in the pick five and pick six. 2
No. 3 Vargas will sit right off the speed and get the jump on them turning for home. No. 4 Whole Lotta Run drops and will be making a late run. 3-4
When you see Steve Sherman training for Desperado Stables we take notice. No. 4 Alma Mae is a first time starter who looks very sneaky, we will be betting. 4
Win and place 4
THE $100K CALIFORNIA DERBY
Hollendforfer sends out three runners with his best being No. 4 Stand and Salute who has won two straight races including the $75k Gold Rush here with Russell “the muscle” on board. Russell’s cousin Tyler comes to town and will ride the Jeff Mullins runner No. 5 Soul Driver who has been running on the grass, he will be legged up for this. Wesley Ward who seems to be everywhere sends out No. 7 Broughton Kitten who finished a close second behind Stand and Salute and he exits the same race as the Soul Driver. 4-5-7
Exacta box 4-5-7
Quinn Howey, a very high percentage trainer who has won with 4 of his 9 starters here sends out No. 2 No Team Spirit on the drop down. No. 8 Four Gaels has won 3 straight races going wire-to-wire and will be the one to catch once again. 2-8
No. 1 Neon Blue gets the big drop in class as they go for the win today. No. 3 Moussehistopheles improved a ton last out and is a must use. Baze gets back on No. 6 Tiza Preacher who will be right there.
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