FIRST RACE: 1. Senator Bob, 2. Dunmore East, 3. Private Bounty. LONG SHOT: Mensa Heat.
SECOND RACE: 1. Boller Bomb, 2. Smart N Dreamy, 3. Silver Hustler. LONG SHOT: Buckingham Bull.
THIRD RACE: 1. Hear the Ghost, 2. Holy Candy (SCRATCHED), 3. Appealing Tale. LONG SHOT: Avare (SCRATCHED). New picks: 1. Hear the Ghost, 2. Appealing Tale, 3. Let’s Get Crackin. LONG SHOT: Phantom Lover.
FOURTH RACE: 1. With a Miracle, 2. Meltarib, 3. Burns Turn. LONG SHOT: Two Blue Hens.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Appealing Resume, 2. Vicki Victoria, 3. Pebble Beach Baby. LONG SHOT: Granny Calling.
SIXTH RACE: Cervaro, 2. Counting Days, 3. Brother Pete. LONG SHOT: Master Cip.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Fashion Plate, 2. Streaming, 3. Taste Like Candy. LONG SHOT: Artemis.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Unbridled’s Note, 2. Regally Ready, 3. Suggestive Boy. LONG SHOT: No Jet Lag.
Part of the reason for picking UNBRIDLED’S NOTE was the fact that jockey Kent Desormeaux returned to Southern California last weekend to score with a couple of long shots and was named on this horse at entry time. However, it was announced Friday that Desormeaux will ride at Tampa Bay Downs in a Kentucky Derby prep on Saturday. This 5-year-old horse is stretching out off a win in the Grade III Daytona down the hill. Trainer Steve Asmussen sees fit to try two turns and who’s to argue with him? And why not go with the all-Asmussen exacta with Regally Ready.
NINTH RACE: 1. Profire (best bet), 2. Dehere Is Gone, 3. Rob’s Pal. LONG SHOT: Captain Salt.
PROFIRE, a 4-year-old colt, makes the huge drop from the straight maiden ranks to maiden claiming $20,000. There seems to be only one way to go with this one and that’s to break on top while trying to go wire-to-wire. That’s why we think jockey Edwin Maldonado keeps the mount.
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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Second Time $5.40, first race)
Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Truly Beautiful $9.80, second; No Tricks for Jack $6, sixth)
Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Sheza Smoke Show $8.80, third; Los Bambinos $9, fourth)
Friday’s long shot winners: 0