FIRST RACE: 1. Parada, 2. Kid Rollins, 3. Incredible Journey. LONG SHOT: Shandy.
SECOND RACE: 1. Sacred Temple, 2. G Q Grace, 3. Condition. LONG SHOT: Nottemptedbyevil.
Trainer Adam Kitchingman sends out SACRED TEMPLE, a first-time starter by Temple City. Kitchingman is 20% with first-time starters and 30% with debuting maiden claimers. He puts speed jockey Edwin Maldonado aboard and they are a 24% combination. G Q GRACE had some decent works coming into his career debut and didn’t show a thing. Now takes a class drop and could be ready to go at a price.
THIRD RACE: 1. Mindfully, 2. Papa’s Dancing, 3. Warren’s Jen Fizz. LONG SHOT: Cee’s Tizzy Belle (SCRATCHED). New long shot: Peggy Sue’s Loose.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Rock Me Baby, 2. Super Ninety Nine, 3. Seeking the Sherif. LONG SHOT: Forward March.
This is strictly a pace play. There is a ton of speed in here and ROCK ME BABY looks like the lone closer.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Susan B Good, 2. Warren’s Cracker, 3. Jennyway U Want It. LONG SHOT: Three Blondes.
SIXTH RACE: 1. Watch It Buster (best bet), 2. Voluntary, 3. Dark Timbers. LONG SHOT: Vite Tribal Reign. NEW PICKS: 1. Voluntary, 2. Dark Timbers, 3. Destino. LONG SHOT: Vite Tribal Reign.
This isn’t the toughest bunch in the world (maiden claimers $20,000) so why not go with a first-timer by Decarchy named WATCH IT BUSTER. Trainer Mike Puype is 20% with debuting maiden claimers. This 3-year-old gelding has been working well at Los Alamitos and jockey Joe Talamo gets on. Big warning here: this colt is entered back on Sunday in a Cal-bred maiden special weight. He’s listed at 6-5 on Friday’s morning-line. I’m thinking with the quick works, Puype doesn’t want to lose him yet and will scratch him to run on Sunday. NOTE: As suspected, WATCH IT BUSTER scratched this morning.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Vibrato Jazz, 2. Warren’s Cliff S., 3. Tiznow Or Then. LONG SHOT: Fighting On.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Antianco, 2. Onebadshenanigan, 3. Off the Deep End. LONG SHOT: Philanderer.
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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Always an Angel $6.40, first race; Heart of Paradise $7.20, third race)
Thursday’s second choice winners: 3 (Kathleen Rose $9.80, fourth; Lust for Life $11.40, fifth; Hobbits Hero $4.20, eighth)
Thursday’s third choice winners: 0
Thursday’s long shot winners: 2 (Le Fascinator $13.60, second; Toppers Sunshine $28.20, sixth)