Race 7. Curribot Handicap. For three-year-old and up at 1 1/8 miles on dirt. Purse $75,000.
|1||Deputy’s Echo Badge||Duane Lee Sterling||Nancy Summers||5/1|
|2||Raagheb||Roimes Chirinos||Justin Evans||5/2|
|3||African Fighter||Francisco Amparan||Carlos Gonzalez||15/1|
|4||Pendleton||Luis Contreras||Justin Evans||6/1|
|5||American Dubai||Ry Eikleberry||Rodney Richards||10/1|
|6||Hereditary||Eddie Martin, Jr.||Justin Evans||5/1|
|7||Runaway Ghost||Santiago Gonzalez||Todd Fincher||7/5|
Pendleton won three of his last four races. His equipment changed , added blinkers, and his is learning to rate has bad him a better horse. He won going a mile against allowance optional claimers on Jan. 13. The pace should be fast, and he needs to be stalking the leaders until the turn to have a chance of being on top two.
Runaway Ghost returned with a strong local dirt sprint win in the Fort Bliss on February 2. He will be stalking the pace from the outside today. He has posted five bullet works at Sunland since January. He should finish in the top two.
Hereditary did not get much pace help but kicked home from last to get back on the beam February 3. The fast pace should help him find a place on the board.
Our Top Three Picks:
- Runaway Ghost
Race 8. Island Fashion Stakes. For three-year-old fillies at one mile on dirt. Purse $75,000.
|1||Jamaican Cents||Santiago Gonzalez||Todd Fincher||15/1|
|2||Parade of Roses||Jansen Melancon||Nate Williams||4/1|
|3||Victim of Love||Ry Eikleberry||Henry Dominguez||12/1|
|4||K P Slickem||Roimes Chirinos||Weston Martin||5/1|
|5||Backflash||Luis Contreras||Steve Asmussen||8/5|
|6||Blessings First||Alfredo Juarez, Jr.||Steve Asmussen||4/1|
|7||Figure||Ken Tohill||Joel Marr||8/1|
|8||D’tatway||Elvin Gonzalez||Greg Green||15/1|
Jamaican Cents should be the pace setter from the inside post. She won her debut going six furlongs at Sunland on February 3. She had a bullet work going 5 furlongs on February 17. She should be on the board.
Victim of Love has started three times. She broke her maiden by 11 3/ 4 lengths at Sunland on January 22 going one mile on the dirt. She should be staking the pace setters till middle of back stretch and move past to gain control of the pace. She should finish in the top two.
Parade of Roses is the most experienced filly in the race. She has started 8 times and has a record of 2-2-2. She won her most recent race the Borderplex Stakes at Sunland on January 27. She should be waiting till the turn for home to run down the leaders.
Backflash won her last race going one mile on the turf at Sam Houston on February 6. Both of her wins came on the turf. Her best race on the dirt was finishing fourth in the one mile Trapeze Stakes at Remington Park on December 16. She should be stalking the pace setters from the second pack. She will make her move at the pace setters going into the final turn. She should finish in top four.
Our Top Three Picks:
- Parade of Roses
- Victim of Love
- Jamaican Cents
Race 9. Mine That Bird Derby. For three-year-old at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Purse $100,000.
|1||Mc Awesome||Elvin Gonzalez||Dick Cappellucci||6/1|
|2||Thunderousapplause||Ry Eikleberry||Casey Lambert||12/1|
|3||Walker Stalker||Alejandro Medellin||Jose Gonzalez, Jr.||12/1|
|4||Pasamonte Man||Ken S. Tohill||Joel Marr||15/1|
|5||Hustle Up||Shane Laviolette||Todd Fincher||3/1|
|6||Eye Cloud||Eddie Martin, Jr.||Tracy Norris||8/1|
|7||One Flew South||Heriberto Figueroa||Doug F. O’Neill||4/1|
|8||Wicked Indeed||Luis Contreras||Steve Asmussen||9/5|
|9||Collusionist||Frank Reyes||O. A. Martinez, Jr.||10/1|
Hustle Up should set a strong pace. He went gate -to-wire in the Red Hedeman Mile at Sunland on February 2. His split times were impressive and final time was 1:39.21. He will be the one to catch down the lane. His career record foe nine starts is 7-0-0.
Wicked Indeed won his debut going six furlongs on Nov. 30. He then closed out his juvenile campaign with a third-place finish in a Dec. 22 allowance optional claiming race contested at one-mile and 70 yards. He ran fourth in the Lecomte Stakes (GIII) on Jan. 19 at the Fair Grounds.
One Flew South won his debut, only race, going gate -to- wire going six furlongs at Turfway Park on November 30. He had a bullet work going five furlongs in 1:00.40 at Santa Anita on February 16.
Our Top Three Picks:
- Wicked Indeed
- Hustle Up
- One Flew South