First three horses listed in each race in order of predicted finish.
First race: 2 p.m.
|1 51/2 furlongs, purse $5,500, 3-year-olds and up, maiden claiming $5,000|
|5||Some Storm Cat||J Zunino||3||118|
|6||Mojave Mandate||L Camacho-Flores||5/2||124|
|1||Nacho Macho||J Matias||6||118|
|2||Plan A||R Richard||12||118|
|4||The Stolen Way||P Fernandez||8||124|
Medicinegoin’down was a well-beaten second in his Emerald debut two weeks ago, but he meets a weak field and should get his first win. Some Storm Cat finished right behind the top pick in his last race. Mojave Mandate hasn’t raced since September and is making his first Emerald start, but fits well against this group.
|2 11/16 miles, purse $5,900, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $2,500|
|2||Da Ruler||A Sanguinetti||7/5||124|
|5||Run Atom||J Whitaker||9/2||124|
|3||Doctor Pav||L Camacho-Flores||3||124|
|1||White River Pirate||J Rosales||10||124|
|4||Cane Seeker||L Mawing||2||124|
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SCRATCHED: Foolish Chopper.
Da Ruler plunges in class for red-hot trainer Jeff Metz (10 wins and five seconds in 21 starts), but the longer distance is a definite concern. Run Atom has a good chance if Da Ruler can’t handle the distance as there isn’t a lot of early speed for him to contend with. Doctor Pav can rally late to get into the trifecta.
|3 6 furlongs, purse $14,375, 3-year-old, claiming $25,000/$22,500|
|1||He’s Zuberrific||L Mawing||5/2||119|
|3||Joel N Jill||J Matias||5||116|
|4||Mizzo’s Gold||I Enriquez||4||116|
He’s Zuberrific got stuck three-wide in a three-way duel for the early lead two weeks ago and finished second. Joel N Jill has been working out well for his 3-year-old debut. Freedomofthehills was a neck behind the top pick in a race two weeks ago.
|4 6 furlongs, purse $5,100, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, claiming $2,500|
|6||Supreme Ballerina||R Bowen||5/2||120|
|7||Midnight Maggie||A Sanguinetti||6||120|
|1||House of Hope||J Gutierrez||4||120|
|2||Come On Cozzene||G Mitchell||9/2||120|
|3||Parker’s Pearl||I Enriquez||6||120|
|4||American Council||E Kubinova||5||120|
|5||One Smart Girl||R Richard||15||120|
|8||Chips Indy Salsa||P Fernandez||8||120|
Supreme Ballerina didn’t have an excuse for finishing second as the 1-2 favorite two weeks ago, but she deserves another chance in a weak field. Midnight Maggie has been racing at Los Alamitos in Southern California, but she has finished in the money in five of nine starts at Emerald. House of Hope did little in three starts this winter at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, but she finished in the money in half of her 10 starts at Emerald.
|5 51/2 furlongs, purse $5,700, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $3,500|
|1||War Wizard||L Camacho-Flores||3||124|
|2||Marvin’s Magic||J Zunino||8||124|
|8||He’s All Heart||I Enriquez||9/2||124|
|3||Corner Office||E Kubinova||4||124|
|4||Always the Same||R Bowen||7/2||124|
|5||Bid for Pride||J Rosales||6||124|
|7||Fine and Rare||A Sanguinetti||8||124|
War Wizard didn’t break well in his start two weeks ago, and now drops in class. He has a great chance with a better beginning. Marvin’s Magic ran a dud two weeks ago as the even-money favorite, but he is better than that effort suggests. He’s All Heart would’ve destroyed this field in his younger days, and is still a threat to win this at age 8.
|6 6 furlongs, purse $10,500, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $10,000/$8,000|
|8||Memphis Mobster||L Camacho-Flores||5/2||120|
|3||Whistle Cat||I Enriquez||7/2||124|
|1||Storming Kentucky||R Bowen||3||117|
|4||Regal Valid||J Gutierrez||8||120|
|6||Our Eagle Boy||A Sanguinetti||10||117|
|7||Neil Healy||J Rosales||10||119|
SCRATCHED: Southfork Pegasus.
With a lot of early speed in the race, this could set up well for a horse that can pass others in the stretch like Memphis Mobster. Whistle Cat beat the top pick in his last race, but he’ll have to contend with Storming Kentucky in the battle for the early lead.
|7 51/2 furlongs, purse $16,800, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, claiming $40,000/$32,000|
|1||Grab Ahold||I Enriquez||3||120|
|5||Liberty Lake||L Mawing||4||117|
|3||Music and Me||R Bowen||7/2||120|
|4||Ms. Sutherland||J Zunino||8||120|
SCRATCHED: Knight Club.
Hetty has had some great workouts in preparation for her 3-year-old debut. Grab Ahold showed ability in two starts as a 2-year-old. Liberty Lake has been in the money in nine of 13 starts at Emerald, but hasn’t won here.
|8 6 furlongs, purse $17,950, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $32,000/$25,000|
|4||Polish Dollar||F Valdez||6/5||120|
|6||Why Not Be Perfect||A Sanguinetti||7/2||120|
|5||Mike Man’s Gold||J Matias||10||120|
|1||Fist Full of Green||E Kubinova||9/2||120|
|2||I Keep Saying||J Gutierrez||4||120|
|3||Somewhere With You||J Rosales||15||120|
SCRATCHED: King of the Sky.
Polish Dollar has won 13 times at Emerald, and runs well coming off layoffs. Why Not Be Perfect has the most class in the field, but it seems like his best surface is grass. Mike Man’s Gold was a stakes winner here the past two years.
|9 51/2 furlongs, purse $6,725, 3-year-old, fillies, maiden claiming $7,500|
|2||Musical Delight||L Gonzalez||8||121|
|1||Mini Candy||R Bowen||5/2||121|
|5||Cherokee Chelsea||J Gutierrez||3||121|
|6||Crush On You||E Kubinova||7/2||121|
|7||Make Some Noise||R Richard||4||121|
|8||Parker’s Honey||I Enriquez||15||121|
SCRATCHED: Lita’s Kat.
Musical Delight makes her career debut for veteran trainer Hilbern Mullens, who knows how to get a horse ready for its first start, and she wouldn’t have to be great to win against this field. Mini Candy was showing improvement at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. Cherokee Chelsea was third in a similar race two weeks ago.
BEST BET: Hetty.