We got whacked with heads and noses. In race one, No. 2, Minister Blair, was best but trouble cost him the race as he was steadied off heels when boxed with in a quarter mile out; he switched to the outside for room and surged late and just missed by a head. In race two at Santa Anita, we had the winner; in race three we ran first second and third; and in the fourth we were beaten on the line by a nostril by a 45-1 shot that hadn’t run since last September. In race five we ran first and second, while in the sixth our horse ran up the track. In race seven and race eight we ran first and second. At Bay Meadows in our early pick four we won the first race, ran second in race two, won the third and won the fourth. In our late pick four we ran first and second in the fifth, ran out in the sixth, second in the seventh and won the last race in what ended up as bust for the day at the Bay.
There are lots of things going on here today. First we have a $200k guaranteed late Pick Four from race seven, eight, nine and ten. We will take a shot since there appears to be a nice single in the last race. You can also play a double from today’s ninth race, the 20th Running of The Maker’s Mark Mile coupled to Saturday’s Blue Grass, so we will take a swing at that as well.
In this the first leg of the pick four we will spread out our selections. No. 1, Parris Hill, is lightly raced and her trainer is doing well with these horses from Canada. No. 2, Gulchic, is from Santa Anita where she did all her running on the grass and now gets back on the synthetic, where she ran a good second on this track last year behind the tough Indescribable. Gomez rides No. 3, Scarlett’s Place, so she is a must use as he is winning with everything he gets on. No. 5, Caressive, exits the same Santa Anita race as the No. 3 and may improve in this her third race off the layoff. No. 7, Trensa, comes from Gulfstream Park for good trainer Matz and she won on this layout last year. No. 9, Wine and Dyne, broke her maiden her last October but has not run a step in her first two outings this year, but Kent D. stays on for the ride so better must be forthcoming. No. 8, Slewfoundmoney, is the speed and will try to take them wire to wire. Since they are offering a 50¢ Pick Four we will be able to spread deep in this leg. Selections: 1-2-3-5-7-8-9
No. 1, Minewander, is a steady sort and may get a good pace to complement her late kick. No. 2 has J.R in the saddle so expect a top effort. No. 4, Dreaming of Liz, faced some tough customers last year and you can toss out her one and only in the slop at Gulfstream Park. No. 5, Democrat Taxes, goes from a turf route to a synthetic sprint and she looks well meant. Selections: 1-2-4-5
The Maker’s Mark Mile
Rick Dutrow, who has been winning everything of late, saddles No. 1, Kip Deville, who is two for two on this turf course. This 5yo makes his first start of the year after winning the BC Mile – he is the one to beat here despite the layoff. No. 7, Cosmonaut, will be the speed and he almost took Kip Deville wire to wire in the BC mile; he also ran big here going a mile last year losing by a neck. No. 8, Out of Control, is one of two Frankel horses in her,e but gets Gomez in the irons and he will be shadowing the Cosmonaut from start to finish. Selections: 1-7-8
This is also the first leg of the Friday to Saturday double going to the Bluegrass. We will key No. 1, Kip Deville, in this race and try and beat Pyro in the Blue Grass and use No. 3, Cowboy Cal 15/1, No. 4, Stevil 30/1, No. 5 Monba 15/1, No. 6 Big Truck 6/1, No. 9 Medjoll 30/1, No. 11 Halo Najib 15/1 and No. 12 Visionaire 6/1. We will play a few extra doubles using our three horses in this race with the 6 and 12 in the Bluegrass.
$2 double (total $14):
Race 9: 1
$2 double ($12 total)
Race 9: 1-7-8
This is the last leg of our 50¢ $200k Pick Four and it is single time as we will put all of our eggs into one basket and go with No. 5, Oceanography. This guy should have broken his maiden here last year when bumped and forced out in the stretch, but still only lost by a neck to the tough Electricity. Gomez will give this guy a clear run down the stretch for the win.
50¢ Pick Four (total $42)
Race 7: 1-2-3-5-7-8-9
Race 8: 1-2-4-5
Race 9: 1-7-8
Race 10: 5
Here we have 2-year-olds going 2 furlongs. Too much for me, pass.
No. 1, Stealth Missile, gets a jockey change and 7 furlongs, and he looks set for a big run. No. 3, Pathbreaking, appears to be spotted for a top try. No. 5, Tracker Jack, may battle it out with No. 6, Stormin Jack, for a Jack-Jack exacta.
$1 exacta box 1-3-5-6 for $12
We have a nice 1¼ mile turf route: the No. 3 has finished second three times and third three times at this distance so it is unlikely he will get the win but appears to be good exotic material. No. 4, Uffizi, loves this track and is the one to beat.
$10 exacta 4 with 3 for $10
$5 exacta 3 with 4 for $5
The No. 6, Pop’shands Are Hot, gets Rosario in the saddle and at 6-1 will be worth a little play.
$10 win and place on No. 6 for $20
No. 2, Mark Set Go, gets stretched out by Mike Mitchell and is dropping to the original claimed price of $32k – all systems look like go for Mr. M. The No. 6, Britney Heat, just ran behind Tutta Bella, who came back to win the other day and looks well spotted for a big run. Selections: 2-6
$10 exacta box 2-6 for $20
We will take a shot at the late pick four as there are two in here that look enticing. The No. 5, Sayit, was 6-1 last year when facing The Golden Noodle, yet despite trouble in that race he still finished a fast-closing third. The Golden Noodle won next out and is now a stakes winner. No. 8, Indian Way is an Indian Charlie offspring, and they come out running – trainer Harty seems to have this one cranked off of some very good works. Selections: 5-8
No. 3, Knighthood, makes his return on the drop for Carla Gaines. He was facing some tough customers last year so the drop is a concern, but this trainer can have them ready to roll. No. 4, Fight On, seems to have found a home on the synthetic surface and is the one to catch. No. 6, Ididn’tdoanything, drops trying to get back to the winners circle and Tyler Baze takes over and he just happened to aboard for this one last win which was on this layout last year. Selections: 3-4-6
The No. 2, America’s Friend, gets a big time rider upgrade and the longer distance may suit her. No. 4, Marzelline, was sent off the post time favorite in her first in the US and finished a very wide closing third but earned a big number; if she doesn’t bounce she will be hard to deny in this spot. No. 5, Thunder Goddess, gets her second start off the layoff for trainer Neil Drysdale who won the feature on Thursday; jockey Nakatani gets back on board and the three times that he rode this girl they finished first once and second twice. Selections: 2-4-5
It’s giveaway time again! This time it’s Bob Baffert who is dumping No. 1, Hoods Up, for $20k. This 3yo Dixie Union colt went for $280k. If he has three good legs he wins this race for fun. The No. 6, Gone Grand, has high speed and is dropping into a winning spot by trainer O'Neill – they will have to run him down. Selections: 1-6
$1 Pick Four for $36
Race 6: 5-8
Race 7: 3-4-6
Race 8: 2-4-5
Race 9: 1-6
Always check for late scratches and changes. Best of luck.