Ed Burgart
 
 
Ed Burgart Handicap
 
For Sunday, January 14, 2018
 
First Post 5:15 P.M.
 
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $32. 1st Race (1); 2nd Race (2,4,5,6); 3rd Race (3,5); 4th Race (2,3,5,6). $1 wager is $96. 1st Race (1); 2nd Race (2,4,5,6); 3rd Race (All); 4th Race (2,3,5,6).
 
1ST RACE: Purse $11,500, thoroughbreds, claiming, fillies and mares, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
     VERY THANKFUL (J Sanchez) should make an easy lead in this paceless field, fits restricted conditions nicely and has a top rider up. FOR THE LOVOF PATTY (Bednar) faced stronger when third over the one-mile local oval in last outing vs. runnerup who since won for $6,250 and rallied to win at this level two outs ago. LEGAL AFFAIR (E Hernandez) didn’t break alertly when fourth as the favorite at lower level in last in last and was claimed by winning connections.
 
2ND RACE: Purse $11,000, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 870 yards.
     TRICKY LIZ (E Hernandez) has terrific early speed, loves this distance and has won 17 races. ONE MORE ROLL (Bednar) won nicely at this route in solid time two outs ago and is effective from on/off the pace. AIMING STRAIGHT (F Martinez) is a quick mare who tries hard every time and was no worse than third in 12 starts last year.
 
3RD RACE: Purse $8,000, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 furlongs.
     PUT IT THERE (Payeras) has tactical speed to be well positioned early, is a 15-time winner and moves from one winning barn to another. THIS DANCE IS MINE (J Sanchez) drops two class levels after lat fourth-place try and overcame pace pressure in prior victory at this level. HOPE ‘N PRAY (Allen) drops a class notch after last third-place try vs. recent $5,000 third-place finisher Swiss Cheese and stretch runner won at similar distance four outs ago.
 
4TH RACE: Purse $13,500, allowance, 3 year olds and up, 550 yards.
     STELLUR (DeAlba) went strong past the wire in last third-place trial outing and broke slow in prior 350-yard stakes victory. HOLD SWAY (C Gomez) was bumped repeatedly for the first 50 yards of last fifth-place stakes outing when moving well past the wire. MICKEY WARD (C Mendez) won easily at this distance two outs back but has been idle for nine months.
 
5TH RACE: Purse $8,000, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
     WHERE’S BUBBA (J Sanchez) catches soft field while dropping to his lowest class level, has top rider up and was third in four of his last five starts. GRASS RUNNER (Bednar) looked like a winner with clear lead past the 1/8-pole in last third-place etry as the favorite and is likely one to catch in this field void of front-running foes. BLUE RIDGE MTN (Payeras) has improved December work tab while preparing for first start in 14 weeks and was third in last vs. repeat $2,500 winner Dramatic Angel.
 
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $27. 6th Race (3,4,5); 7th Race (5); 8th Race (1,2,5); 9th Race (1,5,7). $1 wager is $108. 6th Race (3,4,5); 7th Race (5,6); 8th Race (1,2,3,5,6,7); 9th Race (1,5,7).
 
6TH RACE: Purse $9,375, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 100 yards.
     IM SHAKY (E Nicasio) has been second in last two tries at this distance and outfinished prior allowance third-place finisher Unclaimed Dividend in last. PLATINNUM (Ayala) beat top pick two outs ago and was bumped around early in last out to ignore. OUGHT TOBE FAVORITE (Luna) broke fast under this rider when proving head best in 12.3 drill for return and should like the shorter route.
 
7TH RACE: Purse $10,350, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 300 yards.
     MARKO CZECH (R Aceves) broke nearly one length slow in last nose win at this level and was competitive vs. tougher earlier last year. FIX YUR EYES ON ME (E Nicasio) scored the night’s fastest of four 300-yard victories in last neck triumph and gets positive class hike by winning barn. ALL KINDS OF KIND (Ayala) was improved second under this rider in last and won last year’s Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes.
 
8TH RACE: Purse $12,600, allowance, 3 year olds and up, 100 yards.
     PYC VALENETINA DASH (E Nicasio) broke exceptionally fast in last one-length win at this distance and was bumped in the hind quarters early in prior third-place outing. IM LEONIDAS (C Mendez) was third vs. multiple Grade I winner Chazaq in a trial three outs ago and can fire fresh. GRAVITY RUMORS (Rangel) broke sharp in three allowance runnerup tries last summer and should like this shorter distance.
 
9TH RACE: Purse $20,000, Barbra B Handicap, 4 year olds and up, 550 yards.
     CHICKS FAYVORITE (Ayala) went very strong in last 400-yard stakes outing when far clear of the third horse and extra distance seems a plus. RACY HIGH ROLLER (E Nicasio) went nicely past the wire in last 400-yard trial setback and draws nice post. HE IS THE RISINGSTAR (DeAlba) is the defending champion, loves this distance but has been idle for 13 weeks.
 
BEST BET: VERY THANKFUL (1ST RACE)