Thursday brings us another great weekend of racing. There is a chance of rain yet again this week so the turf races could get moved. My picks today are pretty straightforward but I do go shopping for a price in race 8. Good luck!
We get the fun and always interesting Hillside course for the 1st leg in race #5. Magna Warrior the #2 horse is 4 for 6 on dirt and tries turf for the second time after a 7th place finish in October. Will we end the Irish drought with #5 Monsieur Power today? His last race saw two horses in front of him come back to win indicating a live race. He drops today as well. The favorite in this race is #6 Hobbits Hero who has not raced since July BUT he is 3 for 3 on turf and 1 for 1 on the Hill so I have to use him. #3 Grumpy Small Mouth looks interesting in here for a price 2nd start off a layoff.
In race 6 the #4 Uptown Rythem was second ahead of THREE next out winners. Baze rides too. The Desormeaux brothers bring us #9 Southern Loyalty who has a case of 3rds but he is moving down in class today.
In race #7 I like #2 Chalk O Lattey who had a bad trip in her last. Bejarano and Baltas are 2 for 5. #4 Stole A Kiss won last month and has posted good workouts since and Prat who is red hot rides. Golden Gate shippers have been doing well of late and #2 Won’t Be Shaken comes in off a turf win and is dropping. Both the trainers of #4 and #2 are 100% dropping off a win (not sure on the number of races though!).
In the final leg #4 Hye I’m Jack got collared in the stretch to finish second after leading by 4+ lengths. The drop today may be all he needs to win. #10 Matty’s Tribal is fast early and finished 4th last out. He drops today as well but I’m not really sold on him. Instead the #11 Buckleberry Grey jumps out. Red hot trainer D’Amato drops him off the claim.
My first ticket will cost $24
For my best bet today I am going with Talamo in Race #2 on Rocket Heat. A fast workout, 2 seconds and a win and shortening in distance gate to wire candidate!