No. 6, Star Nicholas, appears to be sitting on the maiden breaker but has been running exclusively with Cal Breds; he now runs in a $50k maiden claimer with open company and his price will be short. No. 2, Peace Prospect, is dropped into a claimer for the first time and looks dangerous on the drop. No. 3, Elusive Chief, is dropped and switched to the synthetic for this his second lifetime start. The speed in here could come from No. 8, Devil Maker, and this one gets a rider upgrade. 2-3-6-8
No. 9, Annie Oakleaf, seems to be sitting on a big try for hot trainer A. C. Avila and his main man, Berrio; she is the one to beat in here. No. 10, Queen of the Derby, gets a great post for this 7 furlong distance and just missed last time out at 23-1; her big drawback is that she has no win spirit with her 1-for-21 lifetime record; best to use her in the back end of the exotics. There are many in here with a shot so I will just key on Annie and hope for the best. No. 9
This one looks like a four-horse box using No. 1, Tripped the Light, who drops to the bottom and just maybe Hollywood will be the answer for her. No. 5, Backstroke, has run second in two straight and Tyler Baze will jump aboard and see if he can get her home. No. 6, Over N Out, is lightly raced, exits the same race as Tripped and has the look of a filly sitting on a good effort. No. 7, Topaz Moon, was the beaten chalk in her last while coming off a layoff and should go much better with that one under her belt. 1-5-6-7
$1 exacta box 1-5-6-7 for $12
10¢ super box 1-5-6-7 for $2.40
$1 tri box 1-5-6-7 for $24
This is another four-horse race with No. 1, Potential, taking another drop in class. This 5yo continues his downslide trying to find his right level. No. 4, Raise the Heat, who gets back on the grass after the claim, likes this distance. No. 5, Sacred Light, ran big in his last but that was on the Santa Anita grass; he appears to be in top form. No. 7, Rocky Road, will have the pace advantage, is two for two at this distance and one for one at Hollywood Park – he will try to take these wire to wire or stalk the early pace of Monk unless that one is a late scratch. 1-4-5-7
No. 5, Tropic Strom, has run huge in three straight races but has no wins to show for it; but she gets back to Hollywood where she had a win back in July and looks first or second with this crew. No. 1a, Tiz Afire, will run alone as No. 1 was scratched; his last two wins were on this track so look for him to rebound as Talamo gets back in the irons. No. 7, Cesc, is a Carla Gaianes shipper from GB so beware; plus Bejarano will ride. No. 8, No Dream, has been facing much better so the drop into this $40k claimer looks a little suspicious. Just don’t want to take a real short price on the five in here so we will take a shot and key No. 7, Cesc, who is 8-1 in the morning line and play all in the Q and hope for a price.
$2 key quinnella No. 7 with all seven for $14
This one has 10¢ super written all over it and we will take a shot in this very wide open 13 horse field. Let’s key on two horses: No. 6, Adhere, who exits a key race and gets M. Baze in the saddle (he improved in second start and if able to improve off of that race he will win); No. 7, Near Sighted, was last seen at Bay Meadows in March and was claimed for $32k and now shows up here for $40k in the Art Sherman barn – he looks very sneaky. No. 2, Ivemadahugemistake, is on the improve for a hot trainer. No. 4, Tribal Deal, looks live at first asking for trainer Sise and Rosario rides. No. 5, Russian Liquor, was last seen running at Oak Tree in September but was only 4-1 at first asking and had a great work on May 1; he looks ready. No. 12, La Vie’s Topper, has some speed and attracts Talamo for his second start off the layoff. No. 14, Warren’s Operator, showed speed in his only race last November and makes his first start as a 3yo. We will key the 6 and 7 in a dime super.
10¢ superfecta 6-7 with 4-5-6-7-9 with 4-5-6-7-9 with 2-4-5-6-7-9-12-14 for $12
I like two horses exiting the same race here – No. 1, Super Strut, who has been very unlucky in his last two starts losing by a head and a neck (it’s been a long time between wins but is dropped to an all time low); No. 4, Booming Comps, ran third behind Strut in his last two, gets blinkers on today and that could lead to lifetime win number two. No. 3, Cedar Mountain, seems to be the main danger of the top two selections as this will be his second start off the layoff and Bejarano tags along. 1-3-4
The two fastest horses in this race are No. 4, Bewithcing Bartok, and No. 11, Arroyo Trabuco, both of whom could be the favorite, but both have the same drawbacks. Bartok has never won on the synthetic but has come close and gets a rider upgrade. Trabuco takes a big drop in class off the layoff but looks like the speed in here, if left alone on the front end he could be gone. No. 15, Swing Your Partner, drops to half of the $16k claimed price trying to cash and get claimed but he does get a big break in the weights as the bug boy Campos will ride and this one will be flying down the stretch late. 4-11-15
The early races are bad and we are looking forward to the opening of Golden Gate next Wednesday with some big fields. We will take a shot at the late pick four using No. 4, Priest River, who adores this track with seven wins and No. 1, Owen Roe O’Neill, who just beat last time. We will try and beat the 6-5 morning line chalk No. 6, Corkonian. 1-4
We will spread with four in here using No. 1, Velvety Smooth, winner of her last here at the Bay at this distance and is double jumped in class by trainer Sherman. No. 2, Danzings Secret, who tries the grass for the first time but is very fast and this rider trainer combo is like gold. No. 7, Officer Allie, and No. 8, Shes Got Skills, rounds out the four. 1-2-7-8
We will take a shot in here and single No. 1, Call Her Kelly, who is stretched out by top trainer Miyadi. 1
In here No. 9 Geribeca just ran second to the Bay Meadows loving Pamelot who came back to score another big win on the move up, he gets blinkers off and is the one to down.
$2 pick four for $16
Race 5: 1-4
Race 6: 1-2-7-8
Race 7: 1
Race 8: 9
Don’t forget to check for late scratches and changes.