At Hollywood Park, we swept the board, including the trifecta in race four that paid $107.60 for one dollar. At Bay Meadows, Baze beat us in the first race and cost us the double as our single in Race 2 won. The odds-on favorite won the third. Our picks were no-shows in the fourth. In the fifth we had nothing but gate problems which included the scratch of one of our key horses. We had the winner in the sixth, ran second in the seventh and had the winner in the eighth.
With both California tracks running at night, I looked over Keeneland with the hope of coming up with a pick six, including the huge carryover that they have to pay on closing day, but it was impossible to come up with a ticket that a small fry like myself could afford. However, I did find a horse that I liked in this race. The No. 10, Silverfoot, is listed at 12-1 in the morning line but could be as high as 25-1 at post time and may well be worth a little action as his trainer, Dallas Stewart, has been pointing him all along for this race, a race he just did miss winning last year. Use him in the pick six if you are playing and make a win and place wager. No. 10
Its Friday and the lights will be on – don’t forget first post is 7:05 p.m. and some strange things can happen in California when they run under the lights so beware.
Race 1: 5-6-7-8
In this race, it looks like the No. 7, El Supremo, is sitting on the maiden breaker and the blinkers go on for his third try. His main threats are the No. 4, Noble Courage, who is stretching out and will try and take them wire-to-wire. Master Plan, the No. 6, ran behind Courage in his last start and looks primed for a top effort. 4-6-7
No. 5, Brian The Bold, gets back to where he broke his maiden but will need to run down No. 1, Liberian Freighter, in the stretch. No. 4, South Coast, will be battling it out from start to finish with Liberian Freighter, which could set it up for Brian. 1-4-5
The $25k maiden claimers in this race include No. 5, Scotty Jones, who is an 0-for-16 maiden, but has run well enough in the past suggesting he could get his trainer, Jack Van Berg, his first win in a long time. No. 10, Lost Paradise, is the horse to beat and jockey Migliore appears set for a big meet. 5-10
Race 5: 5-6-7
In a wide open 6 furlong turf sprint, we will try to make it simple and go with No. 5, Gray Black N White, who won on this course last May and seems to be in top form. If able to clear, he will be gone. Bet this one to win and place. No. 5
Race 7: 1-3-5
It’s the 56th Running of The Harry Henson and every 3yo in here as a shot, but we will narrow it down and go with No. 3, Mr. Keppel, who gets his first start in the US but was a turf sprint specialist in Great Brittan. This one is owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, who you never see with a Euro import, but their main rider –the low profile Enriquez – rides for trainer John Sadler. The No. 8, Sky Cape, can handle the grass and if he gets a good pace this one will run them down late. 3-8
No. 3, Perfect Cast, trained by Mike Puype for owner Desperado Stables, appears set for the maiden breaker. No. 9, Party Punch, is dropped to the bottom maiden ranks for Southern Cal so this girl could look much improved (Tyler Baze takes the call). No. 10, Spellbinding, gets the perfect post for this and bug boy Campos will have her in a perfect stalking position. As I said at the beginning, anything can happen under the lights in So Cal and you could see No. 7, Lifetime Friend, (20-1 in the morning line) also wake up and run big in this her second lifetime try; she exits the same race as Spellbinding.
$1 trifecta box 3-7-9-10 for $24
$2 Q box 3-7-9-10 for $12
$1 tri key 3 with 7-9-10 with all for $27
No. 3, Running Rich, drops into an action spot for a sneaky trainer, W. Delia. 3
No. 3, Jimmy’s War, will be 1-5 in this race so we will pass.
No. 3, Fifty Two in a Row, gets back to where she broke her maiden, and jockey Contreras, who rode her in the maiden breaker, gets back aboard. No. 3
No. 4, Crimson Cowboy, will be odds-on in here so we will pass.
No. 4, Bariloche, has three wins at Bay Meadows and has been claimed five times in his last six races. No. 4
No. 2, Cero Quatro, gets Baze back for another try and this one will not find a field weaker than these. No. 4, Swiss Charmer, has run some good races here and today may finally be the day for the maiden breaker after 12 losses. 2-4
Trainer Miyadi has two entered in this race and they are not an entry; he usually pops with one of them but both look overmatched in here so the price will be right. He has No. 2, Luck is Mandatory, who just broke his maiden here at 40˘ on the dollar and there may be a lot more there then meets the eye. He also saddles No. 4, Armstrong Won, who did just that at first asking here on March 10. 2-4
There are two big drop-downs here: the No. 2, Matinee, and No. 3, Teri Mary – its now or never for these two. 2-3
Always remember to check for late scratches and changes.