No. 5 Ministers Prayer was eliminated at the start in his first start here, we will give him another look today at what will be a big price. No. 7 Cheap O Charlie ran an even race in his first try at Los Al back in December, Iggy will be gunning today. 5-7
Lots of early speed in this $16k six furlong claimer. No. 6 Sheer Talent needs a patient ride and Elvis gets the call today, he will sit off the hot pace and make one run down the lane. No. 7 Industry Leader can sit right off the pace and will get the first jump on Sheer Talent. 6-7
No. 7 Cyrus Alexander has burned some serious cash in his four starts and will most likely be sent off as the favorite again and once again looks one two. No. 8 Nob Hill has improved with every start and could be the one to upset today. No. 9 Force has run with both horses and he gets the hot riding Joe Talamo today. 7-8-9
Exacta box 7-8-9 and win and place 8
Maiden 3yo go down the hill. No. 3 Battle of Evermore ran a good race in his one try down the hill. No. 8 Currency Exchange gets his second start, he never did get untracked in his first start and now gets the good turf jock Nakatani, he will go much better today and the price will be right. Tom Proctor and Gary Stevens hook up with the first time Candy Ride colt No. 10 Young and Hungry, he is live. Jockey Felipe Valdez and trainer Hector Palma have been red hot together, the hook up on first time starter No. 12 Legal Authority who is a must use. 3-8-10-12
Key exacta box 3 with 8-10-12
THE GRADE III ROBERT B. LEWIS
(WORTH 10 KENTUCKY DERBY POINTS)
This race will be all about two runners: No. 5 Firing Line who lost to No. 6 Dortmund by a head in the Los Al Futurity. 5-6
No. 2 Whine for Wine has been hanging lately and now Bejarano will try to keep him going. No. 5 Kristo exits the same race as Whine for Wine, he looked to have it won but tired late. No. 9 Puling G’s also exits the race, he was best but broke slow and was steadied but still finished second by a 1/2 length coming from last, he will be a short price. 2-5-9
THE $200K GRADE II SAN MARCOS
No. 1 Finnegans Wake is in top form and is proven at this 1-1/4 turf distance. No. 2 Patrioticandproud has finished second behind Finnegan in his last two starts, beaten by just a neck in the Hollywood Turf Cup. No. 8 Dynamic Sky exits the same race, he had a very bad trip and will go better today. 1-2-8
THE $500K GRADE II SAN ANTONIIO
All the talk is about No. 5 Shared Belief and No. 8 California Chrome but what about No. 1 Hoppertunity who looks to be the now horse who could upset the top two. 1**-5-8
In this mile turf race No. 2 Demonica is the speed and will try and take them wire-to-wire. No. 10 Intoxicating Move can do just that with her huge late kick, she needs a perfect trip in this large field but is a must use in the late pick four. 2-10
No. 2 Reverchon is the speed of the speed in this mile race. No. 4 Diamante Mobile will be the one to fear late. 2-4
No. 2 She’s a Charmer drops in class, gets off the grass and a turn back in distance and the bug boy Sullivan. No. 6 Tiza Preacher is the one he will need to beat. 2-6
No. 3 Giant Mark gets the needed drop in class and finds little to beat, after him we will need to hit the all button in this six horse field. 3
Both No. 2 Maximum Maximum and No. 5 Tribal Again get the big move up in class off the win and claim.
No. 4 Quetta’s Toy is an 11 time loser for a very sharp barn, Baze gets back on and today looks the day, we will single in the picks. 4
Win and place 4
THE $50K CALIFORNIA OAKS
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sends out three runners and the one we like is No. 2 Glory who is in from Santa Anita after being scratched last Saturday in a much tougher race. Trainer Bill Morey sends out the hard trying No. 3 Niassa off a bullet work on the 1st. 2-3
No. 5 Elemonte Cristo is the speed and will try and hold off No. 2 Lucky Willy and No. 6 Califo Cat who he beat by a length last out. 2-5-6
No. 5 Rosary Man is out of the dam Doubtless who has dropped 5 winners from 5 starters including a stakes winner. Second time starter No. 1 Native Causeway was squeezed off at the start in his first try, he is bred to go long and we look for a big race at a price. 1-5
No. 2 Vargas will show more early speed today as he goes 6 furlongs. No. 6 Stressful Times drops trying to cash and he will show all of his early speed today. If No. 7 Jacksons a Bobcat is ok he will be right there.
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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].