A competitive group of four year old and up colts and geldings sprint six furlongs in Race 8, under $16,000 NW1X Optional Claiming conditions. Post time is 4:17 PM.
RATTLESNAKE RIDGE (6) is a good bet at 5/1 on the morning line. This five year old gelding woke up in a big way in his last race, going gate to wire in a seven length romp wearing blinkers for the first time. He appears to be a different runner now, and a repeat of that effort would beat this field. Winning jockey Leslie Mawing returns for trainer Don Roberson.
THE BET $20 to win on RATTLESNAKE RIDGE (6) and a $2 exacta box with NORTHERN (4) and MOOJI MOO JR. (8). 4,6,8. Total Bet $32.