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Today’s early double doesn’t look very attractive. #3 Kicken Vixen figures to be an odds-on winner in the opener, and #3 Rare Nugget and #5 Wood Art look like the main contenders in the 2nd race. That adds up to a pretty chalky payoff.
#2 Wineshine has much in his favor in today’s 1st race, but at 9/5 on the morning line and likely to go lower, he doesn’t represent much value. However, the 2nd race looks like a wide open affair and if you’re playing the early Daily Double, you might consider using Wineshine in the opener with #3 Frangipanni, #5 Julia M, and #7 Udriga, all of whom should be decent prices. Frangipanni drops to the bottom and represents a late threat off her best race.
2. Pioneerof the Nile
3. Old Fashioned
4. The Pamplemousse
5. Quality Road
6. I Want Revenge
7. Friesan Fire
8. Desert Party
Dunkirk will have jockey Garrett Gomez aboard when he makes his next start in the Florida Derby on the last Saturday of March. Gomez and his agent, Ron Anderson, will have the opportunity to gauge this colt’s performance against that of 2nd rated Pioneerof the Nile, who will be a short priced favorite when he returns to action this Saturday in the San Felipe Stakes.
Today’s opener looks like a two-horse race between #5 Mossad and #6 Thor’s Bullet. Mossad returns to the main track and earned a big figure when graduating two races back and a repeat of that effort today puts him right there. Thor’s Bullet returned off a long layoff and blew away a maiden claiming field in fast time at Hollywood Park in December, hasn’t been seen since, but has worked sharply of late to indicate fitness.
We’ll begin this glorious 11-race Big ‘Cap card using three horses in the 1st race in an exacta/trifecta box and the same three in our rolling exotics. #2 Captain Charisma has an improving pattern, shortens up a furlong and with another forward move should be able to outrun his 12-1 morning line odds. He’ll probably get out-footed early but might be able to produce a decent finish with waiting tactics. #3 Leavin in a Limo drops to the bottom rung for his third career start and has numbers that make him a solid threat. These should be his friends.
In today’s 1st race, #1 Dana Dynamo exits what I thought was a pretty good straight maiden California-bred heat and today drops into a maiden claiming affair after hitting the board in both of his starts to date. Perhaps trainer Bruce Headley is simply trying to win a race during a season in which his stable has been pretty cold for the most part. The rail is of some concern, but he should have enough zip to gain favorable early position in a field without a whole lot of speed.