(Strength of plays indicated by asterisks... the more asterisks, yeah, you get the hint!)
** Race 1 -- (5) MINISTERS POWER, #2 Franksassessedvalu, #4 Bronze Fox
** Race 2 -- (4) CONSISTENTLYAFLEET, #9 Taste The Roses
* Race 3 -- (8) WANAWIN, #1 San Juan Cigar, #9 Coff It Up, #6 Speedy Caracal
**** Race 4 -- (6) WHOS LAZY lost all chance last time out when trying to chase a slow pace from an outside post against a little bit better company. Drawn better today for trainer Thomas Gonzalez, there’s clearly some more speed signed on here today and he should be in the thick of things turning for home. #11 HIGH RIDGE RUNNER will need to do his best running from a pesky outside draw, but he’s been tackling some tough customers of late. I like the fast drill since the last race and he could be tough to run down if he doesn’t work himself too hard getting over from that post. #8 BOOGER BOO adores this course, having hit the board in 11 of 20 starts here. He figures to get a fine trip chasing a moderate pace and should offer good value. #4 AMOROSO dueled through fast fractions and drew off late to beat sprinters at this claiming level last out. He’s not nearly as good at this distance and may be best used underneath.
*** Race 5 -- (10) FREEZE EM ECHO gets a little benefit in post positions today and finds a field where her speed may be enough to run off and hide here. The Jose Ramos trainee was drawn outside KISS ME SLEW when that one finished ahead of the top pick last time out. Today, a switch in the posts and a little more class than the ML favorite makes ’Echo the preferred play. #12 KISS ME SLEW is still looking for her second career win. She broke her maiden in her first career start last December, so she keeps trying and keeps coming up short. Why should today be any different?
* Race 6 -- (4) TWELVE TWENTY TWO, #1 Remit
**** Race 7 -- (2) ROSE’S DESERT is back sprinting, which is precisely what she wants to do. The Todd Fincher trainee has more than one edge tactically in this spot, she likes the course, she’s a better sprinter than the ML favorite, and she has worked extremely well since her last race.
We’ll single ROSE’S DESERT in all the multi-race wagers and play her on top in exotics over #6 Shemoves, #7 Cali Baby, #8 I Am Lesters Gal, #10 Dream Kin.
* Race 8 -- (9) DAWN IS AFFIRMED, #10 Dashkova, #11 Silk Strawberry
** Race 9 -- (2) QUIET AGAIN, #4 Imco Spirit
** Race 10 -- (7) THAT’S WHO, #8 Rio De Dinero
** Race 12 -- (1) CASTAWAY
, #4 Isn’t He Clever
*** Race 13 -- (11) SOUR GIRL #6 Dirty Shame, #4 WF Diamond Halo