Thursday’s 7th race from Emerald Downs is the $40,000 Emerald Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares traveling a mile and a sixteenth on the main track (Post Time 10:52 p.m. ET).
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#5 ALITTLELESSTALK (7-2) returned with a game local sprint win July 16, and was clearly second best in the Boeing Stakes last time. She handled a route of ground in a pair of local stakes last summer, and she projects a stalking trip in her third start after a layoff.
#4 Killarney Lass (9-5) captured two of her last three dirt sprints including a sharp front running win in the Boeing Stakes Aug. 13. She easily went all the way in the local Washington Oaks at a mile and an eighth last summer, and is probably the one to catch in this spot.
#7 Amazonian (4-1) is back in a preferred route in her second start of the year. She packs a decent late kick and is hoping for a contested pace. Mario Gutierrez takes the call.
#2 Dontkissntell (6-1) stretches back out in her third start after a layoff. She almost always finishes in the top three locally and is not completely out of this. She seems better sprinting and a minor award might be her limit.
#1 Paddy’s Secret (12-1) was no threat in her first two sprint tries this year. She did land the place in a local stakes route last summer, and a minor award is not impossible.
#3 Diamonds R (10-1) is back around two turns in her third start of the year. She is versatile and can move forward.
#6 Reginella (9-2) ran well in three of four claiming races in Northern California this year. She is 1-for-11 at Emerald Downs and looks like a fringe player at the most.
#5 to win
Recent Best Bet Winners
Aug 29 - C Z ROCKET ($4.20), Quinella ($6.60), Trifecta ($19.30)
Sept 3 - GIRL DADDY ($8.60), Exacta ($22.80)