Post time: 1:30 p.m. Best bet: Dakota Smokey (6th race). Best play: 50-cent Pick 4 (5th): 1-2-3-6/5/1-3/All), $28.00
1st race 400 yards. 3-year-olds. Trials. Purse $3,000. (#/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds) 1/Painted Lies, C. Smith, Blair 124 2-1 2/Feature Dreamgirl, Goodwin, Hardy 124 7-2 3/Ivory Celebration, Beeson, R. Johnson 124 6-1 4/My Morning Light, Frink, V. Hanson 124 5-1 5/Colosso, Delorme, Livingston 124 6-1 6/Streak N Hot, Arroyo, Haglund 124 3-1.
In the first quarter horse race of the season, PAINTED LIES is strictly the one to beat and will be heavily bet to start the day. Won last out against much tougher rallying from behind. STREAK N HOT won last three races here last year and might enjoy the outside post to avoid bumping at the start. FUTURE DREAMGIRL won last out on a sloppy track with a strong finish 16 days ago at Remington Park.
2nd race 400 yards. 3-year-olds. Trials. Purse $3,000. 1/Whiz Happens, Trimble, Black 124 8-1 2/Western Fun, Goodwin, Hardy 124 2-1 3/Howdedoit, Delorme, Hardy 124 7-2 4/Beautys Prince, Prado, H. Fennell 124 10-1 5/Explosive Guns, J. Fennell, S. Miller 124 5-1 6/Royal Time Twister, Frink, V. Hanson 124 8-1 7/Fast Eddys Eyeyinyou, Beeson, R. Johnson 124 4-1.
EXPLOSIVE GUNS grabbed the lead but was outfinished to lose by a half-length for show in first race this year. Should improve off that effort. WESTERN FUN has two good works coming in after hitting the board in six of nine races last year. Trainer Hardy is one of the best quarter horse trainers. Another of his horses, HOWDEDOIT, ran decent here last season and should be ready to fire. Has good early speed.
3rd race 1 mile. Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming $25,000. Purse $11,000. 1/Philippis, Butler, Rhone 116 2-1 2/Sajani, Castro, Rhone 121 9-2 3/Pleasant Life, Keith, V. Hanson 121 4-1 4/Running in Heels, Walker Jr., Wilson 121 8-5 5/Sunny Commander, Dieguez, Rarick 121 6-1.
RUNNING IN HEELS will try grass for the first time today and the four-year-old filly is bred well for it. Has ability to take the lead if chooses and we should get a decent price with her. SAJANI showed little in her only start on the grass last year but did have traffic difficulties down the stretch after showing good early speed. PLEASANT LIFE tossed jockey Lori Keith last week here, but Keith hops back on to be the only rider in this filly's career. Won career start on the turf here last season.
4th race 11/16 miles. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming $5,000. Purse $8,000. 1/Hangover Cure, Riggs, Davis Jr. 119 4-1 2/Holiday Buzz, Delorme, Donlin 123 8-5 3/Howard County Hank, Arroyo, Cranwell 119 9-2 4/Show Your Face, J. Rivera, M. Perez 121 7-2 5/Peckinpah, Cardoso, Bends 119 3-1.
HOLIDAY BUZZ will be rolling late but it's anybody's guess who will be the front-runner in a field with no true early speed. Won last out in closing fashion angling six-wide in the process. Might have to sit closer today. PECKINPAH could be the longest shot on the board but could be the front-runner that might be able to lull the group to sleep with easy fractions. Have to put him in the mix. HANGOVER CURE didn't fare so well on the synthetic track last out but returns to the natural surface where he won two back. Candidate to improve off last race, especially gaining jockey Riggs for the ride.
5th race 6 furlongs. State-bred. 3-year-olds and up. Maiden claiming $10,000. Purse $9,600. 1/Rocket Wrench, Butler, Rhone 123 9-5 2/Three Desperadoes, Velazquez, Danger 118 4-1 3/Jackraymondjames, Dieguez, Bethke 119 5-2 4/Stillwater Jack, Trimble, Olesiak 123 12-1 5/Orfan Ole, Hernandez, Gourneau 119 10-1 6/Yasureuabetcha, Delorme, Donlin 119 7-2
YASUREUABETCHA is a new shooter for the Domlin barn, which is hitting 17 percent with first-timers. Been training well and has the perfect field of struggling maidens to begin his career. ROCKET WRENCH ran a few decent races for the Rhone barn last year, has three decent works and gets Butler as the pilot. Could be enough for win. JACKRAYMONDJAMES improved a little bit each race this year but still has yet to show a late run. Maybe tonight's the night to find some late foot.
6th race 6 furlongs. 3-year-olds and up. Maiden claiming $10,000. Purse $7,500. 1/Brite Dreamer, Franco, Silva 123 6-1 2/Itza Twister, Delorme, Kirby 119 5-1 3/Jr Hills, Trimble, McFadden 123 6-1 4/Hwy Onetwentyeight, Arroyo, Porter 119 3-1 5/Dakota Smokey, Bell, Robertson 119 2-1 6/Cocktails At Five, Riggs, Berndt 119 4-1.
On paper DAKOTA SMOKEY should smoke his rivals today. Takes a significant class drop after lone race at Oaklawn in debut where he had a horrible start but still showed interest in competing. Trainer excels in second starts and these types of drops. Will be heavy favorite. ITZA TWISTER is making his career start today but has only three works, so have mixed feeling about that. Trainer Kirby does well with first-timers. HWY ONETWENTYEIGHT stumbled and lost his rider last week and looks for a better start. Had decent speed figures before the mishap and should get a piece of the exotics.
7th race 6 1/2 furlongs. Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up. Maiden special weight. Purse $14,500. 1/Hot Body, Dieguez, Suter 119 2-1 2/Tahkodha Belle, Trimble, McFadden 123 5-1 3/Glacier Island, Butler, Rhone 123 4-1 4/Lucky Gem, Velazquez, Pfeifer 114 10-1 5/Rusana, Castro, Rhone 119 8-1 6/Society Rose, J. Rivera, Van Winkle 119 8-1 7/Grand Tuscany, Keith, Rengstorf 119 7-2.
HOT BODY is the lone horse in the field with 50 speed figures where she faced tougher. Likes to take the lead and should have no problem getting out front from the rail position. Today's distance is new territory for her, stretching out a tad. GLACIER ISLAND is cutting back in distance off three turf races for the Rhone barn, where she really wasn't a factor. Will have to show decent early speed to challenge. GRAND TUSCANY stumbled out of the break last out and never was able to make a bid. Ran well enough two back to get second money in the mud.
8th race 5 1/2 furlongs. State-bred. Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming $10,000. Purse $10,260. 1/Nabisco Cat, Walker Jr., Corcoran 123 9-2 2/Cinder Ellie, J. Rivera, Oliver 123 5-1 3/Mane Slick, Riggs, Danger 123 6-1 4/Rita's Cheetah, Goodwin, Biehler 119 3-1 5/Ten Thousand Lakes, Stevens, Van Winkle 123 6-1 6/Trickster's Queen, Butler, Riecken 123 5-1 7/Silent Copy, Delorme, Kirby 123 4-1
RITA'S CHEETAH drops to her lowest level in her brief career to start this year. Works look solid enough and trainer Biehler is off to a good start at Canterbury. NABISCO CAT won here last week from sitting off the pace at this same level as the favorite. A logical threat to repeat coming off the rail and I like the wheel back of seven days. Jockey Walker remains aboard. TEN THOUSAND LAKES could prove tough off the long layoff and a consistent work tab for trainer Van Winkle. Will need to sit closer to the front than in previous races. Wide-open race.
9th race 6 furlongs. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming $5,000. Purse $8,000. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Wireless Macho, Bell, Reedy 120 4-1 2/Fast Deposit, Velazquez, White 115 9-2 3/Forest Sunrise, Stevens, Rarick 120 5-1 4/Brahms Gift, Morales, Donlin 120 7-2 5/Stratos, Dieguez, Suter 120 8-1 6/Get Your Shinebox, Franco, Silva 120 8-1 7/Marathon Moon, Delorme, Bends 120 3-1.
WIRELESS MACHO will try to get out front early from the rail position as possible lone speed in a field full of closers. Raced longer and against tougher at Tampa, so shorter and softer field might be the answer for first win of the year. BRAHMS GIFT has been on the shelf since last August where he ran respectably here throughout the summer. Anything close to those efforts puts him in the winner's circle. MARATHON MOON lunged at the break in last try but was able to improve position to finish fourth. With a clean break today he figures to be in the hunt.
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