No. 2 Dress Code is the one to beat in this his first start off the Peter Miller claim, this 9yo gelding still has some run in those legs. No. 4 Bluegrass Reward won for a price tag of $20k here back in February, he looks the main danger. 2-4
No. 1 Lotta Attitude is a perfect 2-for-2 on this dirt course and is on a win every other race pattern. No. 3 Sunday Rules comes off the layoff for D’Amato and is looking to keep her unbeaten streak alive.
It’s the beginning of the 2yo racing season and we get 2yo fillies going 4-1/2 furlongs, we need to keep an eye on the early betting in this race for just take a shot at the Mike Harrington first timers: No. 1 One Bye Two and No. 4 Princess Pippa as he has made a living in the past with his 2yo runners. 1-4
No. 4 Smart Transition looks a solid play in this 1-1/6 maiden race as he was 8/5 against Whiskey Ticket who just won the Illinois Derby. No. 2 Far Out Kailee is out of the barn of Richard Baltas and he is perfect with debuting runners going a route. No. 5 Rosicky just missed first out of the box by a neck. 2-4-5
Exacta box 2-4-5
No. 1 Bipartisan gets his second off the layoff, he looks ready to fire a big shot. No. 2 I Don’t Care Who is the stablemate of Bipartisan and will be right there. 1-2
We will take our shot in this downhill turf sprint and single No. 7 Bellamy Concerto, he gets the hustling Flavien Prat in the irons and looks to be sitting on the win. We will get a better price with Gary Stevens off. 7
Win and place 7
No. 5 Molten Image looks to have a pace advantage in this race. No. 7 Warren’s T. Baze drops to the level of his good second. 5**-7
No. 4 Ink Well gets back on the grass and this time goes down the hill, he is bred for the grass and finds a good spot at a price. No. 5 Seve’s Road comes off the layoff for O’Neill and Bejarano gets the call, he was a solid 4th at Del Mar last year behind the stakes winning Papacoolpapacool. No. 8 Sir Irish Danny also comes off the layoff after getting claimed for $50k last year at Del Mar by John Sadler, it’s a good sign that he brings this Unusual Heat colt back in this straight maiden race going down the hill. 4-5-8
Exacta box 4-5-8
No. 4 Nasty Nando is a first time starter in a soft race, she looks live. No. 5 Sonoma Swiss will be the speed while No. 6 Borealis Breeze is the one to beat off his last start here. 4-5-6**
No early speed in this race, No. 4 Hugsforhennyhall gets back going long and could find herself on the front end. No. 5 Tell Her Yes gets the hot riding David Lopez and she also will be showing early speed on the stretchout. No. 6 Sandy’s Journey gets back on the main and will be the one coming late. 4-5-6
No. 1 St. Somewhere gets her first start off the Morey claim, look for big improvement. No. 4 Belle’s Command looks live at first asking. No. 5 Stormin Belle just missed in her last start when beating St. Somewhere. 1-4-5
Exacta box 1-4-5
No. 1 Purims Faith looks the one to beat and is the hunch double today from the Saint in race three. No. 5 Pop Fizz Clink will try and take them wire-to-wire. 1-5
No. 1 Chimichanga had her race and now goes long on the grass. No. 3 A Little Luckier drops in class and will be making a late run. 1-3
No. 1 Halo Indygo drops trying to cash. No. 2 Sexy Code gets Baze and a little move up the class ladder off back to back seconds. 1-2
In the last race today at the Gate they go 5 furlongs on the grass. No. 2 Ninnavee is on a win every other race pattern and this is her win race. No. 6 Distinctive Yolie will sit chilly off the hot pace and make one run. No. 8 Adriatic Skye just won this race here back on April 10th. 2-6-8
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