The Hillside turf course continues to be my nemesis and Sunday was no different. We did nail the #1 Shrinking Violet in the 8th with a nice price but alas no cigar. Of course today we yet again have two races on the hillside including the first leg! Do I hit all in this race and hope for singles in the next legs? With the 7th race on the Hill I can’t so lets hope for some Irish Luck today!
Ok the 1st leg is the downhill course. The choice is ALL or pick two horses. The favorite is #8 Forest Chatter who finished 2nd in a shorter 5 furlong race last out while flying late. That style suits this course. I am also going to use #7 Tizapalooza with Bejarano on board. The last race he ran in saw some horses run very well in their next indicating a live race. That was also Tiz’s first start off a layoff.
In the 6th we have a tentative single, the #5 Bow Tie Belle, dropping to the bottom and unraced in four months if she has anything left in the tank she should dominate these. This is her first try on dirt but at this level would it even matter? If you are hesitant to single here then also include the #8 Here’s Bella who won her last at Los Al.
Back to the Hillside we go and there are many possibilities here but we will stick to four horses: #1 Blake’s Magic, #3 Royal Temptress #6 Baruta and #9 Air of Royalty. #3 and #9 are the morning line 2nd favorites. Temptress is a late closer that suits this course great. It also does not hurt that she is Irish. #9 also likes to close and won on dirt in October and finished second behind my other choice, the #1 Blake’s Magic. Blake is looking for his third straight win but the hillside is where winning streaks meet their match lately! Desormeaux and trainer Puype are winning at a 33% clip to add to the appeal here. The morning line fav is #6 Baruta who I’m not sold on but as the favorite I must use.
In the final leg I am only going to go two deep with the favorite #10 Militant and #8 Undrgroundrailroad who may be fitter in his second start. If we are alive in the last leg today I will be happy!
Today’s Pick 4 bet will cost $8
As an alternative that will cost $20
Good luck today!