BEST BET: RACE 7, COOL BOBBY
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