No. 4 Nothing to Hide gets her first start off the Steve Knapp claim and moves this filly back to a sprint after going a mile last time out, she will be making a late run. No. 7 It’s Aine gets her first start off the Hector Palma claim, she gets the bug boy Gonzalo Nicolas who is looking for his first win at the meet and he may have found a good spot. 4-7
In this race we will go singling using No. 4 Alston who will find the perfect pace today, he will sit chilly off a hot pace and run the down at the wire. 4
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No. 2 Z Besha is one of two first time Baffert runners in here. Z is owned by Zayat Stables Mr. B’s top owner and No. 4 Gimme Da Lute is his other runner who is owned by his buddy Mike Pegram and Martin Garcia gets on this 3yo colt who has the workouts. No. 7 Commute is a live first timer for trainer Mark Casse. 2-4-7
No. 7 Desert Madam is on a win every other race pattern and this is her win race and her correct level. No. 9 Salsita is a re-claim by trainer Petere Eurton, he lost this filly for $12,500 and re-claimed her for this $16k price, Maldo gets back on board. 7-9
No. 3 Only Josie Knows lands in the barn of A C Avila and he puts this mare on the grass going down the hill off a big bullet work, she is set for a big run. No. 4 Brescat is in from Santiago Chili and makes her first start for Ron McAnally off a long layoff, why does Gary Stevens take this mount? No. 12 Our Little Hen comes off good second on this course and will get the perfect trip. 3-4-12
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THE GRADE II PALOS VERDES
There will be lots of heat up front in this 6 furlong sprint. No. 3 Conquest Two Step exits our HTW list off a neck loss to Shared Belief in the Grade I Malibu. No. 5 Wild Dude just missed in his last start by a nostril and he will be the one to fear late if the speed duel takes place and it looks that way.
THE GRADE II ARCADIA
No. 2 Home Run Kitten loves this course as he has won 4 of 8 here with 2 seconds and a 3rd. No. 4 Kaigun won his last start at the November Del Mar meet in the Grade II Seabiscuit. No. 8 Za Approval is the stablemate of Kaigun, he is well traveled and finished right behind Kaigun in the Biscut. 2-4-8
THE GRADE I LAS VIRGENES
They will be flying up front in the mile Las Virgenes so who will be the one that will sit off the hot pace. No. 3 Lutine Belle is the closer but she didn’t do much in her one dirt start in the Grade I Chandelier, but Hollendorfer has done little wrong at this meet and she is a must use and her breeding says she should handle the dirt. Hollendorfer sends out four other runners in this race including No. 6 Majestic Presence with Stevens, she is a must use in a real wide open race. 3-6
Maiden 3yo travel a mile on the grass, we must take note when jockey Kent D sticks around for the last race and he does so today riding No. 2 Blue Law who gets grass and the stretch out in this his third start. Gary Stevens also sticks around to ride in the last race as he gets on No. 7 Rockin Robin in a rare ride for Mark Glatt, this 3yo colt woke up here last out when finishing second going 1-1/8 on the grass. No. 9 Just Kidding finished right behind Robin in that race and that was his first try on the grass and first going long. 2-7-9
No. 1 Runfasterelse won her last race when dropped to this level, she has won 7 of her 14 starts on this course and 2 of 3 at this 1-1/16 distance. No. 4 Handfull will try and take them wire-to-wire. 1-4
No. 3 Pulpit Hanna gets off the grass and a turn back in distance and the improving bug boy Carson Sullivan gets the call. Baze gets back on No. 4 On Fiya for his buddy Jerry. No. 2 Wahine is in top form and gets a big jockey switch to Ricardo Gonzalez. 2-3-4
No. 1 Courting Mischief ships in for O’Neill, she gets a big drop in class, gets off the grass and gets a top jock, after her this is anyone’s race. 1
No. 3 Aliza’s Dream is the one to beat at this level as he gets his second start for this top barn. No. 6 Bwana Be Gone is the speed on the drop, he will be playing catch me if you can. 3-6
No. 4 Wahine Warrior gets back on the synthetic surface where she was a solid second one race back. She gets a big break in the weights in this mile race and we will be using her as single in the picks. 4
No. 5 Dreamy Kid shops in for Hess and gets Baze and the big drop in class. No. 6 Intermix also drops in class and will be the one to run down, as he will be all alone on the front end. 5-6
No. 2 Nice’n Sunny just missed by a dwindling head in his last start going 1-1/16 on the grass, he gets back to the synthetic and will be making a big late run. No. 3 Lord Lochinvar exits the same race as Sunny and he just missed one race back on the main. No. 6 Sweet Shop also exits the same race and will be right there. 2-3-6
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No. 1 Bev’s Finale gets the drop in class and Juan Hernandez gets the call. No. 7 Sonicvelocity drops back to the level of his last win. 1-7
No. 1 Salute to Summer got closer in her second start on this circuit last out. No. 5 Blameitonthecat is the stablemate of Salute to Summer, she gets off the grass, a turn back in distance and a big drop in class. No. 8 Keepherinthedark gets a drop in class and a turn back in distance, look for a big effort by her today.
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