In the third race we had the winner No. 6, Bella Roja, for $15.80 but our two other horses faltered. In the fourth, Black Mamba never got untracked and finished a poor third. In race five we caught another good winner No. 5, Warrens Scooter, for $14.40 but out other horse finished third and cost us the exacta. In the sixth it was a crazy race, our pick finished third having a very wide trip – put this one on your horses to watch list. The day got really crazy as you needed an Ouija board from here on out which led to the four out of six in the Pick 6 paying $2,368.60 resulting in another big Pick 6 carryover. We hit our only play at Bay Meadows but the double from race 6 and 7 came back short and only paid $18.00.
Trainer Carla Gaines appears to have a shot at winning the double as she has the odds-on choice in race two so we will take a shot at her horse in this race a play the double. In this race, she has No. 5, Harlem, who gets his second start off the layoff and is stretched out to a flay mile which looks like the perfect distance for his style; Gaines is a whopping 28% with second out comebackers. No. 5
The other Gains horse, No. 3, Lots of Sunshine, is also a second out comebacker who appears to have it all over this bunch. No. 3
Race 1: 5
Race 2: 3 ($20 double)
The first leg of the pick six carryover and all in this six horse field have a chance but we will cut it in half and use No. 1, Exclusive Danielle, as she gets the rail and should be legged up after that 1½ mile marathon in her last race. No. 3, Formal Rush, moves up after a nice win and Rosario fits her perfectly. No. 5, Sports Edition, drops into a spot where she could be dangerous. 1-3-5
Sometimes you just have to play a single and hope for the best. In this race No. 9, Mud Sweat’n Tears, appears to be sitting on the maiden breaker and her speed will put her into a perfect stalking position, Tyler Baze will send her early and she should get the jump on the late closers, Single No. 9
This one is wide open but we will knock the contenders down to four. No. 1, Spanish Heat, is one of two O’Neill trained horses in here and this girl just broke her maiden but looks to be placed in a good spot. Trainer Mike Mitchell puts up the bug boy, Campos, on No. 5, Almacita, and that could be the answer. No. 7, Madame Kiawah, is a deep closer and if the speed comes back she will be flying late and no one can time a ride better then Gomez. No. 11, Rapid Goose, is the other O’Neill horse in here and makes her first start for Mr. Doug off the claim – she will get a good position from her outside post. 1-5-7-11
We have Cal Bred maiden fillies going 6½ furlongs on the downhill turf course; where is my Ouija board when I need it? No. 4, Unusual Spirit, whose sire is Unusual Heat, gets her second lifetime start; she ran next to last in her first as she dwelt at the start and lost all chance. The winner of that race was Lethal Heat, who has now won three straight races including The Santa Paula (Grade 3) run yesterday. This girl could light up the tote. No. 2, Sensitive Soul, ran big in her one and only on the dirt and if she can transfer that form to the grass, she will be tough. No. 9, Bran Jammas, was steadied at the start in that same Lethal Heat race, but made a big late run to finish just 4½ lengths back, if able to move forward off that effort she will be tough. Selections: 2-4-9
Trainer Carla Gaines could be sitting on a big day as she sends out another second-off-the-layoff horse in No. 2, River Glow – this lightly raced mare can run. No. 5, Witchy Meeting, exits the same race as River Glow and is another getting her second start off the layoff, she will be coming late. Selections: 2-5
I could use another single in this race, but we have so many price horses in the mix that I would like to have more than one going in the last leg if we happen to be alive. If I had to use a single it would be No. 3, Hemet, who has the great combo of trainer Frank Monteleone and jockey Victor Espinoza – these two have been gold together. No. 7, Bewitching Bartok, is in his third race off the layoff and that is usually a horse’s best; he just finished behind Hemet in the same affair and I like the hard-trying Olguin in the irons – that should ensure a good price. Selections: 3-7
There’s an abysmal card today with a total of 48 horses entered before scratches; we’ll pass today.
Don’t forget to check for changes and late scratches.