Ed Burgart Handicap
For Sunday, December 21, 2014
First Post 5:30 P.M.
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $48. 1st Race (1,3,6); 2nd Race (2,3); 3rd Race (1); 4th Race (All). $1 wager is $96. 1st Race (1,3,6); 2nd Race (2,3); 3rd Race (1,3); 4th Race (All).
1ST RACE: Purse $9,500, thoroughbreds, claiming, fillies and mares, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
GHOSTLY FEVER (Guce) dropped neck photo for new barn when setting the pace at this level in last and is one to catch again. NEW HAVEN LINE (Boulanger) disappointed in last third-place try vs. class-dropping winner and seems to run best when drawn near the outside. AN APP FOR ABBIE (Pena) took back sharply early after getting bumped in at the start of last tough Golden Gate and is usually prominent early.
2ND RACE: Purse $8,000, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
HIYA HIYA (Boulanger) has shown improved early speed in last two runnerup tries since getting gelded and doesn’t need the lead to win. TRIBAL NOTE (Guce) caught paceless field in last strong win when running a nice 23.25 second quarter but faces more early pressure here. SERGEANT PETO (Bednar) was third when dueling for the early lead with top pick in last and has been third or better in 12 of 13 starts this year.
3RD RACE: Purse $8,000, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
TIZ THE SEASON (Santos) broke slow when solid third in first local try and sheds 10 pounds with apprentice rider up. TWOATTEN TENATTWO (Boulanger) had ground-saving trip when fifth in last and didn’t break alertly in prior fourth-place outing. DRAGON DANCE (Navarro) broke poorly, made progress while saving ground on the far turn and flattened out down the lane when fourth vs. tougher in last.
4TH RACE: Purse $12,805, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 300 yards.
A CORONA HABIT (DeAlba) ran a quick 10.00 first 130 yards after breaking sharp in last neck win over runnerup who since scored daylight allowance victory. SASSY CARTEL (Sanchez) didn’t break alertly from the far outside post in last sixth-place outing and won two of her prior three races. DE MOSS (Peinado) was sharp runnerup in last outing when earning 100 Trackmaster speed figure and runs best for this rider.
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $42. 5th Race (3,5); 6th Race (2); 7th Race (1,3,6); 8th Race (1,2,4,5,8,9,10). $1 wager is $84. 5th Race (1,3,4,5); 6th Race (2); 7th Race (1,3,6); 8th Race (1,2,4,5,8,9,10).
5TH RACE: Purse $9,500, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
COUNCILMAN (M Ramirez) is speedster from the Bay Area whose trainer has done well with limited shippers here. KITCHEN (Charlton) has won four of his last six outs but returns with only seven days rest after last third-place try. TUDOR BLUE (Pena) has won over this oval in the past and can be forwardly placed early.
6TH RACE: Purse $5,000, maiden claiming, 2 year olds, 300 yards.
VALENTINA LADY (Luna) broke sharp in last head setback with class drop to this level and gets an easy chance. NEXT BIGTIME STAR (Guymon) came away in awkward style before finding best stride past the wire vs. stronger in last and lands the outside post here. STOLEN STARS (Peinado) was fifth with clean start at higher level in last and was game prior third vs. runnerup who since beat maiden $2,500 claimers.
7TH RACE: Purse $9,570, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 300 yards.
ALMOST ALWAYS TRUE (C Mendez) was strong second in last when competing in night’s fastest of four 300-yard dashes and is quick from the gate. SNOWDACIOUS (Suarez) has won from the rail post before and was bumped back when away slow in fourth-place try vs. similar two outs ago. STRIKE APOSE (DeAlba) bobbled in to get bumped at the start of last third-place try vs. stronger and is well drawn.
8TH RACE: Purse $145,850, Southern California Derby, 3 year olds, 400 yards.
TRES PESCADO (C Mendez) scored impressive trial win despite stumbling, getting bumped from both sides solidly and lugging in steadily to the 1/16-pole. ANOTHER OATIE (Arvizu) lugged out solidly after breaking fast in solid trial win while posting fastest qualifying time from far outside post. DYNASTY OF HABITS (Jensen) broke clean when second vs. top pick in trial and makes his fifth derby appearance tonight.
BEST BET: VALENTINA LADY (6TH RACE)