Preakness Day will feature an 11:30 a.m. first post at Santa Anita.
In the Preakness, I really don’t see California Chrome losing. I think General a Rod will run better than he did in the Derby and worth a look in the exotics.
FIRST RACE: 1. L T Reckless, 2. Parada, 3. Passion Bucket. LONG SHOT: Charlie Time.
SECOND RACE: 1. Bench Press, 2. Pass the Pico, 3. Cinco de Mario. LONG SHOT: Shining Son.
THIRD RACE: 1. Kochees, 2. Midnite View, 3. Seeking the West. LONG SHOT: Honduran.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Obviously, 2. Silentio, 3. Smart Ellis. LONG SHOT: Tigah (SCRATCHED). New long shot: Chips All In.
Race has been decimated by scratches with Winning Prize, Pure Tactics and Tigah out. Four-horse race for a Grade III? Embarrassing.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Explain (SCRATCHED), 2. Hamiltonian, 3. Close to the Edge. LONG SHOT: Jovita’s Tuffy. New picks: 1. Too Fast to Pass, 2. Jovita’s Tuffy, 3. Hamiltonian. LONG SHOT: Close to the Edge.
SIXTH RACE: 1. Number Five, 2. Remind Mee, 3. Back to Bako. LONG SHOT: Boompa.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Compulsive, 2. Slewisurfing, 3. Destino. LONG SHOT: Triunfo.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Stolen Property (best bet), 2. Public Interest, 3. Misdeed. LONG SHOT: Midnight Mayhem.
Trainer Dan Blacker is 2-for-6 with maidens making their second starts and 27% with maiden claimers overall. This gelding STOLEN PROPERTY got off to a poor start in debut and now stretches out around two turns with veteran jockey Martin Garcia taking over.
NINTH RACE: 1. Delta Flower, 2. Empress of Midway, 3. Satirical. LONG SHOT: Time and Tides.
DELTA FLOWER, a 3-year-old filly, makes her SoCal debut after winning twice at Oaklawn Park. Jerry Hollendorfer takes over the training and he is 31% with horses first time in his barn. Jockey Corey Nakatani picks up the mount and expect the filly to be put on the lead.
10TH RACE: 1. Q’ Viva, 2. Warren’s Jen Fizz, 3. Exclusive Girl. LONG SHOT: Natalie Paige.
11TH RACE: 1. Fight the Power, 2. Rocked Twice, 3. Fly Boy Roy. LONG SHOT: No Ez Money.
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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Gracie Ragazza $6.40, fifth race; Carbonite $9, sixth)
Friday’s second choice and long shot winners: 0
Friday’s third choice winners: 5 (Kristi’s Copilot $3.40, first; Seeking the Sherif $5, second; Prime Issue $31.20, third; Redressthebalance $4.20, fourth; Rich in Tradition $7.40, eighth)