Saturday was a bit of a disappointment as the rainy conditions forced a half dozen races off the turf onto a sloppy main track.
Let's hope for better going on Sunday. We have another eight race program to wrap up the mid-summer racing festival.
Race 1 is a five furlong dash on the green for $16,000 filly Maiden claimers. This is wide
open, it is hard like anyone here. EXOTIC GOLD (8) has some early foot, might get loose. VALIDITY (1) and GREAT TRY (3) should be in the mix.
$16,000 Maiden Filly claimers go 8 grassy furlongs in Race 2. LUNA QUEEN (2) gets blinkers on, and drops into claiming company for the first time. Tampa veteran Mike Allen rides, she should run on grass. WINNIE (3) and EMERSON'S QUEEN (4) are contenders.
Race 3 is another 5 furlong turf sprint, for $16,000 non-winners of two lifetime fillies. The choice is TARAWA (5) who faces condition claimers today, she has faced better in the past. SECRET RECIPE (1) is a speedy rival and IANA (6) fits with these.
$8,000 Maiden Filly claimers will race a mile and forty yards on the dirt in Race 4. Can't recommend anyone. However, trainer John Fennessey has an uncoupled pair of shippers, PREQUALIFIED (1) and FLY BY YOU (2), both are lightly raced and might be only ones in here likely to improve.
Maiden special fillies go a mile on the sod in Race 5. CASUAL (3) has been working well for Jonathan Thomas and Mike Allen rides. PIKES PEAK OR BUST (5) is in a good spot for Reid Nagle, but has failed vs. claimers. NATIVE ANGEL (6) could surprise.
Race 6 is at 5 furlongs on the lawn for $16,000 claiming Fillies who are non-winners of three races lifetime. FLORA FANTASY (8) could be a tough customer from the Efren Loza barn. I plan to bet TRAPPE ME LATER (1) who has beaten open claimers in the past. MISS CAY O' SEA (9) is the one to catch.
A field of eight $16,000 Maiden claimers go a mile on turf in Race 8. RAISE EM UP (3) drops in for Loza, a new gelding after a lackluster debut at Belmont. EARLY DELIGH (8) gets blinkers on, should improve.
The finale in Race 9 is for $16,000 claiming non-winners of two races lifetime sprinting 5 furlongs on the green. ELVIS COLE (4) tries grass for the first time, might be ok. FLASH MAN (8) has a chance back in a sprint. JACKS A WARRIOR (6) faces condition claimers for the first time, should move up.