Ed Burgart Handicap
For Sunday, December 7, 2013
First Post 5:29 P.M.
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $24. 1st Race (1,6); 2nd Race (6); 3rd Race (4,5); 4th Race (1,2,3,5,6,7). $1 wager is $48. 1st Race (1,6); 2nd Race (5,6); 3rd Race (4,5); 4th Race (1,2,3,5,6,7).
1ST RACE: Purse $9,500, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
WYLIE N WYATT (Guce) was three wide past the ¼-pole in last ½-length setback vs. wire-to-wire winner and was strong prior second vs. eventual $2,500 first-place finisher Buds Pal. MI AGAVE (Charlton) was three wide throughout the final ¼-pole of last neck win and was second two outs ago vs. eventual $4,000 winner Lincoln Launch. MARK’S CAT (Bednar) has terrific early speed and was claimed by high-percentage Keith Craimyle barn from win at lower level.
2ND RACE: Purse $8,790, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 300 yards.
Z BEST CONTENDER (C Mendez) was unlucky to drop nose Fresno photo when veering in steadily to get bumped during the final 1/16 and lands leading rider. DASH HIM OUT (S Mendez) broke super in last nose setback at this level and is back at winning distance. FEELING THE JUMP (Peinado) broke sharp when dropping neck photo in first local try vs. class-dropping winner.
3RD RACE: Purse $8,000, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
GRAND TOPPER (Gavica) controlled the pace inside two horses thorughotu in last neck setback and drops a class notch. IMPREGNABLE (Guce) forced a quick pace to the ¼-pole in last fourth-place try after 17-month layoff and figures to make clear lead here. ARRESTING OFFICER (Gomez) needed last outing badly after 27-week layoff and beat stronger at Santa Anita last year.
4TH RACE: Purse $9,870, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 330 yards.
SWINDLER (DeAlba) faced solid Stockton stakes field in last fifth-place try and won locally at higher level three outs ago. TRIAL OF FAITH (Valenzuela) lost nose photo after one-year layoff in last good try vs. prior $12,500 winner Stealin Love. CHECK OUT LIZ (C Mendez) checked back about 50 yards after the start of last claiming stakes outing to ignore and has run super for this rider.
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $16. 5th Race (5,6); 6th Race (1,2,5,6); 7th Race (5); 8th Race (3,5). $1 wager is $64. 5th Race (5,6); 6th Race (1,2,5,6); 7th Race (2,4,5,6); 8th Race (3,5).
5TH RACE: Purse $7,000, thoroughbreds, maiden claiming, fillies and mares, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
ANGEL BE QUICK (Hernandez) was solid second in first local try last week when tracking sharp winner who was dropping in class. PAREAU (Charlton) went evenly down the stretch after gaining good position on the far turn of last fourth-place try and was roughed up at the start of prior runnerup outing. LADY ONE EIGHTY (Navarro) is winless in 28 starts but has been part of the trifecta in four of 20 outs this year.
6TH RACE: Purse $5,575, maiden claiming, 2 year olds, 300 yards.
JESS A ROYAL HONOR (Jensen) had clean trip when fifth vs. sizzling winner in last and faces many slow breakers here. ONE SPECIAL EAGLE (Hernandez) didn’t break alertly while getting bumped early in last sixth-place try and makes second start as a gelding here. DON CORONA (C Mendez) was scratched recently when unmanegable in pre-race warmups and had run in reserve when fifth after troubled start in last.
7TH RACE: Purse $5,770, maiden claiming, 2 year olds, 300 yards.
LDS BRIDGER B (Nicasio) lost path after getting bumped solidly from both sides at the start of last to ignore and looked sharp in prior 12.1 drill. CARTELLER (Hernandez) went evenly with clean trip in last third-place try as the favorite and lost tough prior photo vs. eventual $20,000 third-place finisher Track Boss. BABYS WALKING (Sanchez) was bumped back after breaking slow in last trial outing and broke off balance in prior fifth-place trial effort.
8TH RACE: Purse $35,000, Las Damas Handicap, fillies and mares, 3 year olds and up, 400 yards.
FLAME N FLASH (C Mendez) returned to her 2012 Grade I form with sharp allowance win in last and likes this distance. SHEZ JESS TOXIC (Jensen) lugged inward when dropping head photo from rail in lat Grade I outing and tries hard every time. IM A FEATURE GIRL (DeAlba) was urged along after clean start when sharp fourth in first local stakes try and is nicely drawn.
BEST BET: Z BEST CONTENDER (2ND RACE)