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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
PP Horse Jockey Line Wt.
3 Medicinegoin’down L Mawing 9/5 118
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
PP Horse Jockey Line Wt.
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
PP Horse Jockey Line Wt.
1 He’s Zuberrific L Mawing 5/2 119
3 Joel N Jill J Matias 5 116
2 Freedomofthehills J Gutierrez 3 119
4 Mizzo’s Gold I Enriquez 4 116
5 Orito E Kubinova 2 119

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
PP Horse Jockey Line Wt.
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
PP Horse Jockey Line Wt.
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
6 Advancement J Whitaker 15 124
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
PP Horse Jockey Line Wt.
8 Memphis Mobster L Camacho-Flores 5/2 120
3 Whistle Cat I Enriquez 7/2 124
1 Storming Kentucky R Bowen 3 117
2 Leadership J Matias 8 120
4 Regal Valid J Gutierrez 8 120
5 Ontheshadyside L Mawing 12 120
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
PP Horse Jockey Line Wt.
2 Hetty E Kubinova 5/2 120
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
6 Belladiva R Richard 9/2 114

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
PP Horse Jockey Line Wt.
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
PP Horse Jockey Line Wt.
2 Musical Delight L Gonzalez 8 121
1 Mini Candy R Bowen 5/2 121
5 Cherokee Chelsea J Gutierrez 3 121
3 Dawnofchesterhouse L Camacho-Flores 12 121
4 Wemissstacy F Valdez 15 121
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.

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