Ed Burgart Handicap
For Saturday, February 28, 2015
First Post 6 P.M.
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $20. 1st Race (1,2,3,6,7); 2nd Race (4); 3rd Race (4,6); 4th Race (1,5). $1 wager is $80. 1st Race (1,2,3,6,7); 2nd Race (1,2,4,6); 3rd Race (4,6); 4th Race (1,5).
1ST RACE: Purse $10,500, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
DOCKWEILER (Santos) looms elusive target under hot apprentice rider and new barn wins at high percentage. BALLARD RULER (Hernandez) was well placed throughout the far turn of last sixth-place Santa Anita try vs. much stronger and is late threat. KITCHEN (Jimenez) makes first start for high-percentage Justin Clark barn and stretch runner won four races here last year.
2ND RACE: Purse $7,620, claiming, 3 year olds, 330 yards.
ONYX CZECH (Luna) finished with much interest after lugging inward early when third form the rail post in last. CALL RONA (C Mendez) is the field’s lone three-time winner who fits restricted conditions nicely and lands leading rider. TSING TAO (Huerta) broke poorly before checking sharply midway in last sixth-place try and needs alert start from this tougher post.
3RD RACE: Purse $7,500, thoroughbreds, maiden claiming, fillies and mares, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
GEORGIA’S NIECE (Santos) was overmatched vs. winners in last seventh-place try and set the pace in prior runnerup try vs. stronger maiden group. HOT TO SURF (Guce) disappointed when ninth in Santa Anita debut after posting solid prior local work tab. SHE’S A GIVEN (Martin) was distant third as the favorite vs. sharp wire-to-wire winner in last and was second vs. class-dropping winner two outs ago.
4TH RACE: Purse $9,475, claiming, 4 year olds and up, 350 yards.
GHOST PEPPER (C Mendez) moved with good energy during the final 1/8 of last runnerup try in the night’s fastest 300-yard dash and extra distance is a plus. FLYING TOP FUELER (Sanchez) posted encouraging solo 18.2 gate drill for comeback and best races have come from the rail post. TRIPPS (Suarez) hesitated at loading into the gate in last fifth-place try vs. recent allowance winner Yacht Clubber and posted solid prior win at this distance.
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $36. 5th Race (3,4,5); 6th Race (2,5,6); 7th Race (1,5);8th Race (3,7). $1 wager is $72. 5th Race (3,4,5); 6th Race (2,5,6); 7th Race (1,2,5,6); 8th Race (3,7).
5TH RACE: Purse $8,000, thoroughbreds, claiming, fillies and mares, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
REYNA DE COLIMA (Santos) unleashed strong 6.14 final 1/16 in last daylight maiden win when adding blinkers for new barn. SLEWBIE DOO (Jimenez) lugged out throughout the far turn when fourth in first local try as the favorite and has solid rider up for new barn. SKYROSE (Guce) rallied nicely for second in last vs. repeat $2,500 winner A B C Me Awesome and was late-running third two outs ago vs. eventual 870-yard stakes winner Best By Far.
6TH RACE: Purse $6,160, maiden claiming, 3 year olds, 300 yards.
GRANODEOROFINO (Luna) is back with maidens and dropped neck photo two outs back vs. prior futurity trial runnerup Delightful Molly. ONE MORE FIRE (M Arriaga) hesitated at the start of third-place debut from the rail last August and broke slow when stumbling at the start of better-than-looked 18.4 gate drill for comeback. BROTHER KEVIN (Samuel Mendez) didn’t break alertly in last third-place try after six-month layoff and gets a positive post switch.
7TH RACE: Purse $8,000, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
NOW YOU’RE IT (Guce) appears one to catch in this fairly paceless field and faced prior $5,000 runnerup Hot As A Cat in last second-place outing. POLISHED SILVER (Hernandez) was fifth vs. stronger field which produced two next-out winners in last and dropped neck photo with late rally at this level two outs ago. PERFECT GENIUS (Roman) may get tracking trip behind top pick and faced prior $2,500 runnerup Full Fare in last distant second-place outing.
8TH RACE: Purse $15,000, Elan Again Overnight Handicap, mares, 4 year olds and up, 330 yards.
RONAS RUNNER (Nicasio) is very quick from the gate and shorter distance is a major plus for mare who beat opposite sex three outs ago. THE STREAKIN CLEAN (Peinado) has been no worse than third in last four stakes outings and makes few mistakes away from the gate. CALIFORNIA GURL (Sanchez) dropped tough photo after four-month layoff in last and hails from leading barn.
BEST BET: ONYX CZECH (2ND RACE)