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WEATHER MAR­KET meets a mod­est field of Cal­bred maid­ens for the sec­ond start of her ca­reer; her de­but was not bad. Out­run early in the dirt sprint, she split ri­vals in the lane and fin­ished will­ingly for sec­ond. Bred to run long on turf (by Un­usual Heat, pro­duced by a route dam), ‘MAR­KET meets a mod­est field. WENDY’S BACK ran fairly well in her re­cent come­back, which was her first try on turf and around two turns. She was wide from post 11, got keen and pulled, fol­lowed the even­tual win­ner (Bat­tle­ground State) on the far turn and missed by less than three lengths. Good try by a lightly raced 4yo who is mak­ing just her third start. ROLLING SHADOW was com­pro­mised by a wide trip in the same race; she re­turns to the course on which she fin­ished a cred­itable third two starts back. GEE STREET is a nine-start maiden adding blink­ers. She has run races that put her in the hunt.


DAN­GER­OUSLY CLOSE drops from Cal-bred N1X to 16k claim­ing N2L. The fastest in the field on speed fig­ures, her class-drop pat­tern is sim­i­lar to an­other Dan Blacker trainee that romped in sum­mer. That was Rizzi’s Hon­ors, who dropped from state­bred al­lowance to N2L and won by more than five lengths. SALLY SIMP­SON adds pace. The speed­ster fin­ished in the money three of four starts at this class level, and will keep the top choice hon­est up front. NOR­WE­GIAN SPY drops to the bot­tom for the first time. She has a lit­tle bit of speed.


This Cal­i­for­nia-bred maiden sprint is the first of three in­ter­est­ing Satur­day races for 2-year-olds. Sec­ond-time starter MAV­ER­ICKS gets the call fol­low­ing a bet­ter-than-looked de­but for trainer Bruce Headley. The son of Surf Cat showed speed in morn­ing works prior to his first start, but broke slowly and lost all chance. He un­corked a big move to press the pace four-wide, then sur­ren­dered and fin­ished fifth of six. He worked well since, moves from an in­side post to near the out­side, and may only need a clean start to win sec­ond time out. READY ED­DIE has a solid work­out pat­tern for his de­but. Doug O’Neill trains the Square Ed­die colt, a full sib­ling to three-time win­ner Etailer. He fin­ished a cred­itable third in his de­but. Based on his works at San Luis Rey, it ap­pears READY ED­DIE is ready to fire. ISHI en­ters with the top speed fig­ure, a 70 Beyer earned fin­ish­ing sec­ond last out at Pleasan­ton. The horse that beat him re­turned to fin­ish a dis­ap­point­ing fourth; the third-place fin­isher re­turned to win a maiden-32. ISHI has changed train­ers since raced; he will be mak­ing his first start for Peter Miller.


WAL­DORF was merely prep­ping last out in a down­hill turf sprint, his first start in two months. He lagged, fin­ished with run and gal­loped out in front of the field. Good try. He stretches back to two turns, and re­turns to the turf course on which he scored a sharp maiden vic­tory in sum­mer. He ac­tu­ally is one of the bet­ter gam­bles on the Satur­day card. RUN LIKE RHETT will vie for fa­voritism. Run­ner-up all three starts at this level (maiden-50 starter al­lowance) since switch­ing to turf, he poses the main threat to the top choice. Deep closer RED KING will rally from far back; his ca­reer-best ef­fort was on this course dur­ing sum­mer. BACOLI drops from N1X al­lowance into a starter. His maiden win here in Septem­ber puts him in the hunt. PEP­PERS N’ BOOTS and SUPREME VEN­TURE will keep the pace hon­est.


MOUR­INHO won his de­but im­pres­sively, then was com­pro­mised sec­ond out by a bru­tal pace duel and fin­ished sec­ond as the odds-on favorite in a stakes race. The speed of the speed in this G3 sprint for 2yos, he re­moves blink­ers, and is re­united with the rider (Dray­den Van Dyke) he won his de­but un­der. He can wire the field. Maybe. RUN AWAY, G2 win­ner on this track, is likely to be po­si­tioned clos­est to the pace­set­ter, and prob­a­bly would get first run if

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