Ed Burgart Handicap
For Friday, February 12, 2016
First Post 7 P.M.
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $32. 1st Race (1,2,5,7); 2nd Race (3); 3rd Race (3,4,6,10); 4th Race (4,5). $1 wager is $112. 1st Race (1,2,5,7); 2nd Race (3); 3rd Race (3,4,5,6,7,8,10); 4th Race (4,5,6,7).
1ST RACE: Purse $9,500, thoroughbreds, claiming, fillies and mares, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
METAXA (Boag) is two-time 2015 winner who fits restricted conditions nicely and is entered not to be claimed for first start since May. KASUNE (Santos) has won two of last three for strong barn and speedster also fits the race conditions well. PRETTYHOTPRINCESS (Guce) dueled hard for the lead through a 21.71 first quarer before tiring badly in last Santa Anita outing and big class drop is a plus here.
2ND RACE: Purse $10,000, allowance, 3 year olds and up, 870 yards.
LOVE FOREVER (Boag) was in tight quarters along the rail near the ¼-pole of last solid runnerup try and showed sharp speed in prior win at this distance. SIR KIP (Santos) has quick work tab while preparing for first start in five months and won at this distance four outs ago. BOUND FOR HEAVEN (Iniguez) displayed solid early speed in last runnerup try at longer route and won from off the pace at this distance two outs ago.
3RD RACE: Purse $8,500, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
MR. NORMAN (Arana) was bumped steadily from between horses near the ¼-pole when game third in last vs. class-dropping winner. WISE RED (Bednar) overcame slow start when unleashing rail rally for neck debut win at shorter route and meets older foes here. TIZBUDSFORMENLIMO (Clerisse) steadied along the inside midway on the far turn of last fourth-place try and is late threat again.
4TH RACE: Purse $9,870, claiming, 3 year olds, 330 yards.
STRIVING (R Aceves) was bumped after an awkward start in last fifth-place try vs. tougher and was sharp third two outs ago vs. recent trial third-place finisher Chicksy Fayvorite. YA HEFFA (Sanchez) galloped out nicely after stumbling in to get bumped when fourth from a tougher post in last at shorter distance. DJD SPECIAL STONE (DeAlba) won nicely when drawn on the outside at this distance two races back and faced recent $20,000 runnerup Check Up in last third-place try from a tougher post draw.
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is 448. 5th Race (3,6,8,9); 6th Race (2,5); 7th Race (1,2); 8th Race (1,3,7). $1 wager is $96. 5th Race (3,5,6,8,9,10); 6th Race (2,5); 7th Race (1,2); 8th Race (1,3,4,7).
5TH RACE: Purse $7,500, thoroughbreds, maiden claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
MONTRONE (Guce) didn’t tire until early stretch from between horses in fifth-place Golden Gate debut last month after pressing for lead through a good 22.07 first quarter. TUSCAN THUNDER (Arana) trained in Utah before two encouraging local works for debut and is full brother to former local winner Tuscan Queen. DINNER’S ON ME (Charlton) was forced to alter course midway on the far turn of last fourth-place try when finishing okay and was second at this level two outs ago.
6TH RACE: Purse $7,425, maidens, 3 year olds, 300 yards.
J B PERRY (Peinado) was moving nicely late in last neck loss from the rail post after seven-month layoff and was third two outs ago vs. multiple Grade I finalist Senor Gianni. I WONT GIVE UP (Ayala) dropped nose photo when drifting in from the rail post in last trial outing eight months ago and connections do well with fresh horses. MR JB PERRY (Luna) broke super in last needed runnerup try after five-month layoff and was ½ length behind top pick in prior 12.3 gate drill.
7TH RACE: Purse $11,325, allowance, 4 year olds and up, 330 yards.
FOOSILAME (Santiago Mendez) broke slow and altered course one lane early when better-than-looked third vs. tougher field in last. TANGO IN CASH (Arvizu) broke super in last two runnerup tries and was strong second three outs back vs. recent trial winner Dr. Jess. AJS ANNAS SECRET (DeAlba) lugged out to get bumped at the 1/16-pole in last third-place try vs. own sex and gets off the rail.
8TH RACE: Purse $15,000, Costa Mesa Overnight Handicap, 3 year olds, 350 yards.
ZOOMIN FOR SPUDS (DeAlba) has been no worse than second in last five outs and quick breaker was second in last trial outing at longer distance vs. derby finalist Senor Gianni. FOR PEE JAY (R Aceves) scrambled out at the start of last runnerup try ast the favorite and won nicely under this rider at this distance six outs back. COACH CARTER (Peinado) has been much improved in last two wins when moving in strong style late and extra distance is a plus.
BEST BET: LOVE FOREVER (2ND RACE)