Post time: 1:30 p.m. Best bet: Richland Creek (9th race). Best play: Race 7, $1 Pick 323456/2357/2 ($20)

  • Updated: May 20, 2011 - 11:10 PM
Post time: 1:30 p.m. Best bet: Richland Creek (9th race). Best play: Race 7, $1 Pick 323456/2357/2 ($20)
 
1 1 mile. 3-year-olds and up. Maiden special weight. Purse $14,500. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Joshua's Journey (Shaw, Lund) 118 5-1 2/Crafty Score (Bell, Pfeifer) 123 10-1 3/Victory Sled (Stevens, Riecken) 118 5-1 4/Charm and Half (Butler, Rengstorf) 118 4-1 5/Manlee Spirit (Prado, Peters) 118 15-1 6/Frankie Dapper (Dugas, Scherer) 118 3-1 7/Thats Ray's Tiger (Morales,Suter) 118 10-1 8/Whiskey Decision (Escobar,Porter) 118 7-2 FRANKIE DAPPER merits respect and will be up front. WHISKEY DECISION got off to slow start last out and is training well here. CHARM AND A HALF drops to a level more to his liking possibly.
 
2 5 1/2 furlongs. 3-year-olds and up. Maiden claiming. Purse $6,500. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Rockaway Strider (M.Luark,M.Luark) 123 10-1 2/Diamond Rain (Goodwin, Gray) 123 10-1 3/Itouch Gold (Stevens, Merrick) 119 10-1 4/Midnightrendevous (Eikleberry,Padilla) 123 8-1 5/Whudjagiddumon (Escobar,Porter) 119 7-2 6/Prince Raj (Prado, Jones) 123 8-1 7/Cliff's Reign (Bell, Biehler) 114 3-1 8/Ready to Romp (Keith, Rosin) 123 4-1 9/Resley Creek (Von Rosen, Smith) 119 12-1 WHUDJAGIDUMON has had a couple of good workouts and faced a little better last out. No legit speed in race could help READY TO ROMP if he wants to go up front. CLIFF'S REIGN had a rough going last start. Should improve.
 
3 5 1/2 furlongs. 3 year-olds and up. Claiming. Purse $6,500. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Alex's Tomcat (Dugas, Rarick) 123 5-1 2/Enlistee (Nolan, Bethke) 123 12-1 3/He's No Piker (Butler,Riecken) 123 3-1 4/Serengeti Storm (Eikleberry,Padilla) 123 6-1 5/L'Etoile Du Nord (Goodwin,Wichmann) 123 8-1 6/Tahkodha Bill (Keith,Hanson) 123 9-2 7/Seattle Sal (Escobar,Porter) 123 4-1 8/Mack's Monarch (Robletto,Huntington) 123 6-1 Three-horse race on paper with TAHKODA BILL, SEATTLE SAL and MACK'S MONARCH. Give slight edge to TAHKODA BILL.
 
4 1 mile. 3-year-olds and up. Allowance. Purse 16,000. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Dalliance (Butler,Rhone) 119 3-1 2/Reno Ridge (Eikleberry,Wichmann) 121 7-2 3/Front Row Yo (Bell, Robertson) 121 5-2 4/Grandpa Gibby (Keith,Rosin) 116 6-1 5/El Wildcat (Dugas,Rarick) 121 9-2 6/Sugar Peaks (B.Arterburn,L.Arterburn) 121 5-1 RENO RIDGE could try to go gate to wire. No speed in race, so might take advantage of it. FRONT ROW YO and DALLIANCE will be closing.
 
5 6 furlongs. 3-year-olds and up. Allowance Optional Claiming. Purse $17,000. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Jaival (Von Rosen, Rhone) 119 8-1 2/Gold Country Cat (Dugas,Scherer) 119 10-1 3/Malone Slam (Stevens,Eikleberry) 123 9-2 4/Brahms Gift (Morales,Donlin) 119 15-1 5/Gatling Gun (Eikleberry,Lund) 121 3-1 6/Just Jebicah (J.Rivera,VanWinkle) 119 6-1 7/First Captain (Keith,Vanson) 119 8-1 8/Cowboy Charlie (Escobar,Biehler) 119 8-1 9/March Twelth (Butler,Brinson) 119 4-1 MALONE SAM drew off as favorite last race as did GATLING GUN. MARCH TWELTH will be there to pounce if duel up front collapses. JAIVAL can easily win if stops going 4-8 wide. Has rail today.
 
6 6 furlongs. Lady Slipper Stakes. State Bred. Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up. Allowance. Purse $35,000. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Bella Notte (Eikleberry,Robertson) 123 2-1 2/Tickleyourfancy (Nolan,Bravo) 118 3-1 3/Tez Savitri (Escobar,Rhone) 118 10-1 4/Chick Fight (Butler,Robertson) 120 7-2 5/Sasha's Fierce (Dugas,Scherer) 120 8-1 6/Special OccasionLady (J.Rivera,Padilla) 120 6-1 7/Nokomis (Robletto,Jansen) 116 15-1 8/Hidden Gold (Bell, Bravo) 118 12-1 Favor CHICK FIGHT, who could take the lead or sit back. BELLA NOTTE was favorite in last year's race after long layoff and came in third. Still one to beat. TICKLEYOURFANCY will be closing.
 
7 6 furlongs. 10,000 Lakes Stakes. State Bred. 3 year-olds and up. Purse $35,000. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Freedom First (Cardoso,Donlin) 118 10-1 2/Rustic Road (Butler, Rhone) 120 5-1 3/Bizet (Eikleberry,Padilla) 120 5-2 4/Bet Your Boots (Nolan,Richard) 123 3-1 5/Suddenly Silver (Bell,Robertson) 120 9-2 6/Tubby Time (Escobar,Robertson) 118 8-1 7/Tsar Tops Dancer (Dugas,Litfin) 120 15-1 8/Coconino Slim (Stevens, Porter) 116 8-1 Tough competitive race. BIZET might have needed that last race after long layoff. Should be stalking frontrunners SUDDENLY SILVER and TUBBY TIME.
 
8 5 1/2 furlongs. State Bred. 3-year-olds and up. Allowance. Purse $19,840. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Nice to Meet Me (Dugas,Scherer) 117 10-1 2/Dancingwithbigron (Nolan,Bravo) 117 5-1 3/Desert Alley (J.Rivera,Rengstorf) 117 6-1 4/For Instance (Von Rosen,Hanson) 117 12-1 5/Jost Van Dyke (Bell,Robertson) 121 5-2 6/Mondovi (Butler, Biehler) 117 10-1 7/Ghost Dance (Escobar,Porter) 121 8-1 8/Straitupcashhomey (Prado,Peters) 121 15-1 9/Jack's Tiger (Eikleberry,Scherbenske) 117 15-1 10/Redneck Richie (Keith,Biehler) 121 12-1 11/Our Family Affair (Stevens,Oliver) 121 15-1 12/ Sir Somerset (Morales,Donlin) 121 20-1 JOST VAN DYKE hasn't raced in a year, but training is solid. DESERT ALLEY is taking huge class drop, so could be the right move. GHOST DANCE is stepping up and was impressive in last win.
 
9 1 mile, 70 yards. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming. Purse $6,000. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Cotswold Hills (Butler,Rhone) 123 4-1 2/Richland Creek (Escobar,Biehler) 123 8-5 3/Cassanova Kid (Nolan, Riecken) 119 20-1 4/Sweet Fleet Feet (Eikleberry,Padilla) 123 15-1 5/Quite Acceptable (Morales,Danger) 123 10-1 6/Mom Extraordinary (Dugas,Pfeifer) 123 20-1 7/Peaceful Prospect (Robletto,Porter) 123 5-1 8/Pioneer Edition (J.Rivera,Biehler) 123 9-2 RICHLAND CREEK is strictly the one to beat, and I have to go with the favorite. PEACEFUL PROSPECT and PIONEER EDITION are the challengers.
 
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