FIRST RACE: 1. Mint Julep Taffy (SCRATCHED), 2. Wish I Understood, 3. Rich Girl. LONG SHOT: Gusto’s Girl. New picks: 1. Wis I Understood, 2. Rich Girl, 3. One Putt Par. LONG SHOT: Gusto’s Girl.
This 4-year-old filly was claimed by trainer John Martin on the Northern California circuit and shipped south. This will be her lowest level ever in SoCal and Martin is 31% first off the claim and he goes to leading jockey Rafael Bejarano, who is 1-for-1 at the meet with Martin.
This gelding closed ground in his debut on the dirt, but he is bred to turf and go two turns, which he does here. The sire Hat Trick is 21% with first-time turfers and jockey Tyler Baze takes over for trainer Janet Armstrong.
Race 6: 1. #4 Story to Tell (8-1), 2. Yiannis, 3. Forver, Juanito. LONG SHOT: Top Fortitude.
This 3-year-old has never been off the board (4-2-1-1) when he has run on the dirt. Trainer Dan Hendricks doesn’t have great stats off the layoff, but he had this one ready to win his career debut and there is a big work over the track showing. Jockey Joe Talamo keeps the mount.
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Sunday’s top choice winners: 0
Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Majestic Minister $19, first race; Ben’s Duchess $3.60, third)
Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (New Summit $3.20, second)
Sunday’s long shot winners: 4 (Atomic Rule $18.80, fourth; If You Dream $15.80, fifth; Majestic Heat $5.80, sixth; Surfside Tiara $6.60, seventh)