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May 29, 2015
Race 1:

Friday’s eight race program begins at 4:00 p.m., with $10,000 sprinting fillies and mares occupying the opener.  #1 J and S Express just beat a similar field and was claimed by O’Neill; she returns at the same price and looks tough right back while retaining Van Dyke.  Of course, at 6/5 on the morning line, she won’t be offering much in the way of wagering value.  #3 Shy Rosa won a restricted (nw-3) $16,000 affair 12 days ago and is realistically spotted at this level in an open event.  She’s a fit on numbers and has a bit more tactical speed than ‘Express.  Rolling exotic players may find the need to double the race, or maybe just pass it.

Race 2:

#5 Bolo returns to turf in the second race, a nine furlong open allowance for 3-year-olds that is essentially a stakes without the added money.  The son of Temple City had the makings of a superior grass colt earlier this year and hopefully he’ll return to that form now that he’s off the Triple Crown trail.  But often times the type of campaign that he’s been through takes it toll.  This is another event probably best left alone

Race 3:

The Pick-6 begins with the third race, a juvenile sprint for state-bred fillies.  #4 Swiss Affair is bred for zip top and bottom and has done well enough in the a.m. for Harrington to expect a big try first crack out of the box.  The known element isn’t much and the other debut runners don’t inspire, so let’s make the daughter of Swiss Yodeler a default rolling exotic single.

Race 4:

The fourth race is a split of the third, with #3 Sambamzajammin the likely strong choice after flashing good zip in her debut in a quick heat earlier this month.  She has a bullet 33 4/5 blowout since that race, so unless one of the newcomers can fly, this smallish daughter of Heatseeker should be gone as a little-to-no value rolling exotic single.

Race 5:

High priced older maiden claimers sprint down the hill in the fifth race; we’ll go three deep and feel confident that will be sufficient.  #4 Katy Drama has run well at this level in the past, was a respectable second with a career top speed figure in a straight maiden over this course and distance earlier this month, and returns against $75,000 sellers today.  #9 Ya Ya Girl finished ahead of Katy Drama when second under similar conditions two races back and then failed to handle two-turns against tougher last time.  She makes a major switch to Bejarano and lands the comfortable outside post.  #7 Arewehavingfunyet is a first timer with a solid work tab for hot trainer Baltas and should like turf.  She’s worth tossing in at a bit of a price.

Race 6:

We’ll use two in the sixth race, a restricted (nw-2) $25,000 claiming miler for fillies and mares.  #1 Kristinite returns to the main track, drops to her lowest level ever, switches to Bejarano and lands the favorable rail, so the Spawr-trained filly is logically the one to beat.  We’ll also toss in #6 Del Mar Dixie, a clever winner against bottom-rung maiden claimers earlier this month for Mullins.  She’s slower on numbers than Kristinite but is improving with racing and likely will produce another forward move today.

Race 7:

The seventh race is a nine furlong turf event for $25,000 claiming fillies and mares; it’s fairly open and requires a bit of a spread.  #4 Soresca makes her first start since being claimed by high-percentage trainer D’Amato and will be wearing blinkers for the first time, so considerable improvement is possible.  #6 Jade With Envy just won at this level and was claimed, but the claim was voided due to unsoundness, so Baltas keeps her and wheels her right back against the same group.   A bullet 58 2/5 seconds workout since her last race got her off the vet’s list.  #7 Prevaricator, a close second to Jade With Envy in that common race May 7, is a consistent, lightly-raced filly, retains Baze, and should be prominent throughout in a race without a whole lot of early speed.  She may very well be the one to beat.

Race 8:

The finale is a five furlong sprint for maiden $20,000 fillies and mares with very little in it.  #2 Shallot should appreciate the trip and the company; this will be her first time in a claimer and she easily appears to be the controlling speed.  Let’s make her a rolling exotic single because if it’s not her, it could be anybody.

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