Ed Burgart
Ed Burgart Handicap
For Sunday, November 19, 2017
First Post 5:15 P.M.
 
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $24. 1st Race (1,4,6); 2nd Race (1,4,5,6); 3rd Race (1,3); 4th Race (5). $1 wager is $42. 1st Race (1,4,6); 2nd Race (All); 3rd Race (1,3); 4th Race (5).
 
1ST RACE: Purse $11,000, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
     FOUR GAELS (J Sanchez) had speed sharpened at shorter distance in last fourth-place try when lugging out throughout the turn and switches to leading rider. GOLDEN ATLANTIC (Risenhoover) was fourth vs. stronger field when positioned behind the leaders midway on the turn of last outing at shorter route and won twice over the daytime local one-mile oval last September. MASON B (Bednar) forced the pace when fourth at longer distance in last outing vs. tougher field and lands rider who is battling for leading jockey honors.
 
2ND RACE: Purse $10,000, maidens, 2 year olds, 870 yards.
     AUTISMONEFORTYFIVE (J Sanchez) has series of seven drills since September 3 for debut, gets a top rider and is out of dam who has dropped three winners. GETIN GREADY (Boulanger) steadied off horse’s heels when prominent past the 3/16-pole in last fourth-place try and is early threat. EXOTIC OVATION (Iniguez) didn’t break alerty before battling from between horses for command prior to the 3/8-pole in tiring Golden Gate debut three weeks ago.
 
3RD RACE: Purse $8,500, thoroughbreds, claiming, fillies and mares, 3 year olds and up, 4 furlongs.
     LADY OF FIRE (Bednar) has been no worse than second in last five outs and has a top rider up for new barn. RONNIE’S GIRL (Arana) was four wide near the lead approaching the ¼-pole before tiring readily in last and takes a nice class drop. LADY SIF (J Sanchez) caught a paceless field when prevailing for maiden victory in last vs. soft company and retains strong rider.
 
4TH RACE: Purse $11,000, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 870 yards.
     AVILA BEACH (J Sanchez) looked strong in last wire-to-wire win at this distance and should make a clear early lead again. LAND OF THE FREE (E Hernandez) has been second vs. wire-to-wire winners in last two good efforts at this route and is late threat again. VODKA TEXTED YOU (Orozco) is another late threat who has been no worse than second in last four tries and was second nine nights ago vs. class-dropping winner.
 
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $36. 5th Race (1); 6th Race (1,2,3,6); 7th Race (3,6,8); 8th Race (2,5,9). $1 wager is $72. 5th Race (1); 6th Race (1,2,3,6); 7th Race (1,3,4,5,6,8); 8th Race (2,5,9).
 
5TH RACE: Purse $8,000, thoroughbreds, claiming, fillies and mares, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
     PALM CANYON (Orozco) has been privately purchased by solid connections since tracking pacesetting winner throughout in last improved runnerup try one month ago and looms one to catch. ROYAL RED (Bednar) is hurt by lack of early speed and rallied for third in last two tries at this level under this solid rider. CROWDED WAY (F Martinez) failed as the favorite in last three tries when drawn on the rail and is likely to be near the early lead from an outside post.
 
6TH RACE: Purse $6,645, maiden claiming, 2 year olds, 300 yards.
     STRIVEN (R Aceves) faced much stronger in all three starts and lugged in throughout when fourth from the rail post two outs ago. ROLLING ALONG (E Gomez) finished fast to lose nose photo after veering out to get bumped a few times early in last runnerup try. FIRE IN MY HEART (Rangel) lugged in steadily during the final 1/16 after breaking fast in last improved neck setback and is well drawn.
 
7TH RACE: Purse $15,000, Z Wayne Griffin Directors Trial, 3 year olds and up, 400 yards.
     BIG LEW (Ayala) was solid third after breaking fast in last Grade I outing vs. 2015 world champion Heza Dasha Fire and won last year’s Los Al Super Derby at this route. THE CHARM OF CORONA (Huerta) broke about one length slow from a tougher post in last seventh-place Grade I outing and dropped nose photo in Vessels Maturity four outs ago. JESS RAVIN (R Sanchez) veered out to get bumped twice early after a sluggish start in last head setback in Grade I distaff handicap and is a six-time stakes winner.
 
8TH RACE: Purse $15,000, Z Wayne Griffin Directors Trial, 3 year olds and up, 400 yards.
     BODACIOUS EAGLE (Ramirez) ran a strong second vs. 2015 world champion Heza Dasha Fire from the rail post in first local try one month ago and won three stakes earlier this year. BH LISAS BOY (DeAlba) is a two-time Grade I 2017 winner who has already qualified for Champion Of Champions and looked strong in recent 11.9 solo gate drill while preparing for first start in 18 weeks. FLASH N BLING (Ayala) didn’t care for very sloppy Prairie Meadows oval in last to ignore and was second in prior local Grade I race from the rail post.
 
BEST BET: AVILA BEACH (4TH RACE)