BEST BET: RACE 6, NO SPIN ZONE
RIVER OF CHAMPAGNE did little in his 2016 debut but came back to run second and then break his maiden in his next start. Those two races came in January, and this is his first race since then. Should be plenty fit with four six-furlong works capped by a three-furlong bullet gate drill in his final prep. The winner of his debut effort later won the El Camino Real Derby FANS ON THE RUN comes north for the first time. He’s run three races against thoroughbreds this year, finishing second in each. He came north earlier this month and did have a work at Santa Rosa. BOOZE CRUISE graduated at the bargain basement level at Pleasanton and was overmatched at Santa Rosa. He’ll be a much better fit here in his third start off a layoff.
DANCING LINDSAY is bidding for a repeat after winning a photo at this level in a Santa Rosa turf sprint. She also ran second at this level at Sacramento. Prior to that, she had two wins against easier. In short, she’s sharp and she fits at this level. SOONER TIME has come in immediately behind the top pick in her past two starts, both coming on different surfaces. She’s never won here but has run second and third in her two starts. Her earnings are higher than the combined figures of her next three highest-earning foes in here. SHE’LL GET’ER DONE was favored over the top two picks but trailed them and was claimed in her last start at Sacramento. She’s been working steadily here and did beat the second choice in a race here in June.
The veteran past classer LOVEINTHESHADOWS is making her first start since a runner-up effort at Pleasanton. She is a turf specialist so you know the barn has been waiting for a chance to run on the grass. She should be plenty fit with a pair of seven-furlong works as well as a six-furlong move leading to her return here. Barn does all right with similar layoffs. OPTIMISM AND HOPE provides both of those qualities if you opt to back her. She ran evenly on the dirt at Santa Rosa and was claimed when making her first start in seven weeks. She’s another that is much better on the dirt and has a work here for the new barn. She was favored over today’s other two picks but ran third to them in a race here in May. HIJRA won that aforementioned race. She’s making her first start since running fourth as the favorite in her first career dirt start at Pleasanton. She earned a pair of stakes placings last year.
BOLT UP has good speed and a perfect rail draw. She won two straight here this spring before going to the sidelines for four months. She roared to the lead on the Santa Rosa turf course when favored in her comeback but his a brick wall in the lane. We’re willing to give her another chance since she is not a turf type, and that race may have been like getting several strong works. CACICA DULIMA was just claimed and gives the barn a strong onetwo punch with the top pick. She likes this track, and, even though she’s winless this year, she’s a consistent check earner. Should get a nice stalking position with her outside draw. ESPERANZA’S MOBILE lost a duel with the second choice at Sacramento but has been freshened since. She loves this track and has always run well at this distance so give her a look at a price.
Although UNDENIABLE U has won on the turf, the switch back from turf to the main track today is one reason to like him here. He’s getting a significant drop after a disappointing effort when he ran last on the Santa Rosa turf last time, but that was his first start in over six weeks. He has an easy work since then. Yes, that’s a big ‘For Sale’ sign he’s carrying, but he’ll be sharper today than in his comeback. RADIO SILENT is another dropper. He was claimed last year and showed little despite being the favorite earlier this month in his 2017 debut. He comes north and is given this big drop for a reason, but he has shown ability in the past, and this might be the right spot to wake him up. ONE TUFF MINISTER is comfortable running at these lower levels, and he’s been part of the exacta in his past three starts. He makes his first start in 11 weeks but has been working nicely.
The NO SPIN ZONE is alive and well on Nocal race tracks. Since coming north she has a win and
two seconds here and beat similar at Sacramento when favored in her last start. She gets to run at this level again because the tag for her maiden victory was so low. She’s sharp and has four works in the five weeks since that last win. TIZ
DELITEFUL graduated on the turf against straight maiden company. She’s coming off her second win when she was claimed at Del Mar, but she, too, qualifies for this level because the claiming price was so low that the win doesn’t count against her. She’s been a consistent check earner here and is coming off her best race. SHE SANG has been chasing the top pick in her past two starts. She has good speed but has been run down late. She’s a contender but may best be played on the bottom end of exotics.
SYNNIN is coming off a solid five-length victory at this distance and level at Santa Rosa. He’s proven at this distance and likes this turf course, and four of his five wins this year have come at this level. Would prefer an outside draw, but he may offer more value today despite that recent win. TED OLIVER is a formidable rival and actually beat the top pick at this distance here earlier this year. He has two wins and a third in three tries at the distance and gets a better draw, but he has only two works in the 2 1/2 months since his last start. MARK YE WELL trailed three of today’s rivals in Synnin’s recent win and also trailed the second pick in a similar race. He’s winless on the turf, but he may be capable of adding value at the bottom of your exotic tickets.