#5 MUGARITZ (3-1) finished 1st or 2nd in five of his six local starts (4 wins) including back-to-back tallies on Dec. 31 and Jan. 21. He owns early-pressing versatility and one of Jonathan Wong’s top riders Abel Cedillo is 2-for-2 with this one.
#6 Lovenseek (7-2) is 5-for-7 at Golden Gate and exits back-to-back local claiming wins. He is sharp enough to step up and wire the field under Juan Hernandez.
#4 Choo Choo (5-1) won the California Derby here last year and placed in the Let It Ride on turf at Del Mar last fall. He probably did not care for the wet track last time.
#7 Apalachee Bay (2-1) exits a good try in the slop. He should be forwardly placed but is 0-for-2 at Golden Gate.