Post time: 1:30 p.m. Best bet: Gallop Girl (6th race). Best play: 50-cent Pick 4 (5th): 2-3-5-7-8-10/3/2-10/1-4-5-6-8-10-11) $42.00.
1st race 6 furlongs. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming. Purse $7,500. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Fast Eddie Charles (Cardoso, White) 123 9-2 2/Alex's Tomcat (Morales, Rarick) 123 4-1 3/Julian Love (Castro, Rosin) 123 9-2 4/Blumin Won (J. Rivera, Wekseth) 123 5-1 5/Timetobook (Delorme, Robertson) 123 3-1 6/Littlebrownroad (Riggs, Berndt) 123 5-2
LITTLEBROWNROAD will have to sit closer to the front before making his closing move. Pace should be decent enough and could set up perfectly to pounce on coming from the outside position. Digressed some last out chasing the pace against slightly tougher. FAST EDDIE CHARLES is the most likely front-runner and is seeking his third consecutive victory. Cuts back from route races and will be tough to beat if he shakes loose starting from the ground-saving rail position. JULIAN LOVE wheels back after running for show money here opening night and looks to improve off that effort. Jockey change is interesting move.
2nd race 6 furlongs. Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up. Optional claiming. Purse $10,000. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Harlan's Pepper (Castro, Rhone) 120 4-1 2/Valari (Arroyo, Porter) 120 7-2 3/Terice (Delorme, Kirby) 120 4-1 4/Tabby Lane (Butler, Rhone) 120 9-5 5/Sunshine Cruise (Velazquez, Bends) 115 3-1
TABBY LANE comes back to Canterbury, where she won three of four in her 2011 campaign. Six-year-old mare will be running late for the Rhone/Butler team in this evenly matched race. Might need to start her late kick a tad sooner on speed-favoring track. Ran respectably in Tampa this year, winning two in same fashion. Rhone's other horse, HARLAN'S PEPPER, has the ability to sit back or position herself up front. Cuts back in distance after winning last out closing and getting up late for the victory as the favorite in Tampa. VALARI has been sidelined since November after posting two consecutive victories. Has steady work tab coming in with a couple of bullets. Expect to be the pace-setter.
3rd race 1 mile, 70 yards. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming. Purse $8,000. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Cotswold Hills (Velazquez, Danger) 115 6-1 2/Geocache (Walker Jr., Pfeifer) 120 5-1 3/Shryock (Riggs, Danger) 120 9-2 4/Swift Progress (Castro, Rosin) 120 3-1 5/Banker's Way (Delorme, Riecken) 120 4-1 6/Pioneer Edition (J.Rivera, Biehler) 120 5-2
GEOCACHE could shake loose on easy fractions as the lone speed in the field. A possible good value play at post time for a consistent runner who usually is in the mix at the end. SWIFT PROGRESS looms as the off-the-pace danger for our top pick who will be rolling late. Won two back running five-wide around final turn to lasso the field. BANKER'S WAY is another deep closer who is stretching out after two sprint races. Ran a dull effort last out, so might enjoy getting back to the longer distance.
5 1/2 furlongs. State bred. Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming. Purse $10,830. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/
Missnorasdouble (Butler, Bravo) 121 5-2 2/Stillwater
Storm (J. Rivera, Oliver) 121 7-2 3/
Gazettes Girl (Stevens, Robertson) 121 6-1 4/
Lady Beryl (Riggs, Biehler) 121 5-1 5/
Sam's Grindstone (Castro, Rengstorf) 121 5-1 6/
Speakers Action (Keith, Hanson) 121 3-1
SPEAKERS ACTION is the one to catch and could be tough if no one challenges the filly up front. Has a nice work tab coming in after being on the shelf since last September. Faced much tougher foes last year. MISSNORASDOUBLE swings back after running third six days ago. Consistent runner who routinely hits the board and regains Butler for the ride. Most likely runner to challenge pace-setter. STILLWATER STORM won by more than 10 lengths here nine months ago under mild urging as the favorite, so if the filly can regain that form she'll be tough to beat. Two good works coming in.
5th race 7 1/2 furlongs. 3-year-olds and up. Maiden special weight. Purse $14,500. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Sing Me Away (Castro, Rosin) 119 8-1 2/Stinging (Goodwin, Biehler) 123 10-1 3/Arvindra (Butler, Rhone) 119 20-1 4/C J Mamas Boy (Bell, Robertson) 123 8-1 5/Barcelona Kid (Velazquez, Rengstorf) 114 8-1 6/Itza Twister (Delorme, Kirby) 119 10-1 7/City Delivery (Morales, Donlin) 123 3-1 8/Noah and O (Riggs, Padilla) 119 4-1 9/Manlee Spirit (Robletto, Peters) 123 20-1 10/Why Frank (J.Rivera, Oliver) 119 7-2
CITY DELIVERY should be on the front end leading the field and taking them as far as he can go in this wide-open race. Ran third last race after leading the way before weakening to lose by half a length. Jockey Morales stays at the helm. BARCELONA KID tries the grass for the first time today after struggling in previous dirt races. Bred well for the turf and should show improvement. WHY FRANK makes his second start after a decent closing bid to hit the board in debut at Prairie Meadows. Bred well for turf but obstacle might be starting from the far outside10 hole.
6th race 6 furlongs. Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming. Purse $9,000. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Secretariat Secret (Franco, Silva) 123 10-1 2/Ridgeofstone (Trimble, Berg) 123 10-1 3/Gallop Girl (Rhone, Arterburn) 123 8-5 4/Bob's Hilda (Castro, C. Davis) 123 7-2 5/Elegant Affair (Dieguez, Suter) 123 10-1 6/Foxy Lady Packin (J. Rivera, Oliver) 119 5-1 7/Blue Ra Ra (Butler, Svendsen) 123 4-1
GALLOP GIRL will be a single on most Pick 4 tickets today as the logical favorite. Was DQ'd last out after drawing away from field to win by more than four lengths only to be brought down to second. Should learn from that experience and will sit off today's most likely heated pace to pounce on. BLUE RA RA could take the lead but most likely will stalk the speedsters coming from the outside post. Regains jockey Butler who rode this filly for a victory in three starts here last season. FOXY LADY PACKIN will be one of the speedballs up front. Won last out at Turf Paradise setting the pace and drawing away by five lengths. Should have company today.
7th race 11/16 miles. 3-year-olds and up. Allowance optional claiming. Purse $17,000. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Slew City Storm (Rhone, Arterburn) 119 6-1 2/Surplus (Stevens, Van Winkle) 119 7-2 3/Bravo Prado (Keith, Biehler) 119 8-1 4/C S I Iowa (Riggs, Ashford, Jr.) 119 12-1 5/King of the Sky (Dieguez, Lund) 119 15-1 6/Mack's Blackhawk (Goodwin, Biehler) 119 10-1 7/Tubby Time (Bell, Robertson) 119 5-1 8/Blade Scuffler (Franco, Silva) 116 10-1 9/Grandpa Roy (Delorme, Porter) 119 8-1 10/Gold Brew (Butler, Rhone) 121 9-2
SURPLUS looks tough if this turf race stays on the grass for trainer Van Winkle. Last race on the grass was in March at Santa Anita, where he only lost by little more than a length with top jockey Joel Rosario on board against much tougher. Anything close to that performance puts him in the winner's circle. 2011 Horse of the Year TUBBY TIME comes back after a nine-month hiatus for the Robertson barn. Will have to come out firing to beat our top pick to get his sixth consecutive win on the turf. GOLD BREW is shooting for his sixth consecutive victory for the Butler/Rhone team. Could have an advantage if race is switched to dirt. Outside post hurts him on the grass.
8th race 7 1/2 furlongs. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming. Purse $11,000. #/Horse, Jockey, Trainer Wt. Odds 1/Grandpa George (Bell, Robertson) 121 3-1 2/Matchless (Riggs, Padilla) 117 5-1 3/Franks On Fire (Hernandez, Riecken) 121 12-1 4/Making Papa Proud (Goodwin, Hartman) 121 12-1 5/Risk Drag (J.Rivera, C. Wilson) 121 9-2 6/Corporate Charlie (Keith, Mankin) 121 8-1 7/Mister Wu (Trimble, McFadden) 121 12-1 8/Rajablou (Castro, Rosin) 121 8-1 9/Dos Angels Warrior (Butler, Cheloha) 121 15-1 10/Hurricane Houston (Delorme, Porter) 121 10-1 11/Heavy Surge (Walker Jr, Boarman) 121 15-1
Last race on the card is a good betting race with no clear favorite. MAKING PAPA PROUD last raced on turf at Hollywood Park last season and ran solid against tougher rivals. Has faltered since on the dirt against claimers but change of surface might bring back old form. RAJABLOU ran for third on the turf at Hawthorne last month at a big price. Ran evenly off the rail in ground-saving trip but just a mild gain down the stretch. Will have to show more late foot today to get victory. GRANDPA GEORGE debuts today on the grass for the Bell/Robertson team, which is always tough to beat. Has ability to sit back or lead.
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