FIRST RACE: 1. Central Casting, 2. Aiming Straight, 3. Marquee Cat. LONG SHOT: Tumbleweedprincess.
This filly has been overmatched in a pair of Cal-bred stakes. She now returns to the claiming ranks for trained Ed Moger Jr. and gets the services of jockey Corey Nakatani, who has been knocking them dead on the turf this meeting.
Trainer Neil Drysdale is giving up on this 3-year-old gelding as he drops him from an MSW to the maiden claiming ranks. Drysdale is 58% when he puts a horse in a maiden claimer for the first time. This horse showed a little talent last time until he got steadied on the turf and now runs on the dirt for the first time. Look for big improvement here.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. #2 Turnover (6-1), 2. Boozer, 3. City of Vengeance. LONG SHOT: Seeking the Sherif.
Trainer Bob Baffert isn’t known for turf sprinters but he might have one here in this 4-year-old. The gelding was sired by Big Brown (12% first time turf) out of a Lemon Drop Kid (12%) mare. That screams turf. There some decent works and he might surprise.
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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 1 (Forthenineteen $5, second race)
Wednesday’s second choice winners: 1 (Sugar Spice $7.40, fifth)
Wednesday’s third choice winners: 3 (Downtown C.T. $13.40, third; Halo Darlin $25.60, fourth; Wild in the Saddle $40.40, eighth)
Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1 (Temperature Runnin $28.40, first)