Ed Burgart Handicap
For Sunday, May 24, 2015
First Post 5:20 P.M.
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $36. 1st Race (2,6); 2nd Race (All); 3rd Race (3,4,5); 4th Race (1). $1 wager is $120. 1st Race (2,3,6,7); 2nd Race (1,2,3,4,5); 3rd Race (All); 4th Race (1).
1ST RACE: Purse $8,500, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
LINCECUM (Boag) has much early speed, is long overdue for a victory and lands hot rider. DRAGON DANCE (Medina) showed improved early zip in last runnerup try from the far outside post when facing winner dropping down from a $5,000 claimer. WESTERN SHOWDOWN (Santos) can be well positioned early, has been no worse than third in last three tries but lacks the winning habit.
2ND RACE: Purse $9,180, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 300 yards.
DOLLAR OR MORE (A Ramirez) gets positive class hike after last two easy victories and has won 25 percent of his 24 outings. A MERE DIVA (C Mendez) takes big class drop after last fifth-place try 11 weeks ago, lands leading rider and was second two outs back vs. eventual allowance winner Yacht Clubber. DARING WAVE (Santiago Mendez) was game second after seven-month layoff in last when facing sharp winner who since beat allowance company.
3RD RACE: Purse $9,500, thoroughbreds, claiming, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
ANYTHINGTOGETEVEN (Santos) was third vs. rapid winners when positioned into the far turn in last two outings and faced recent $5,000 runnerup Dockweiler in last try. TRIBAL NOTE (Boag) steps up in class in search of third straight win and can survive pace pressure. ADRENALINE SHOT (Charlton) has been improved since getting gelded before runnerup try here three outs back and retains strong distance rider.
4TH RACE: Purse $7,635, maidens, 2 year olds, 300 yards.
CARTEL SECRETS (Santiago Mendez) scrambled inward at the start of game third-place try vs. 1 ¼-length winner who had previously worked 220 yards from the gate in 12.1. FOUST (Peinado) broke slow while bumped at the start of rough trial debut and was under solid pressure in prior quick 12.2 gate drill. OUTRAGEOUS (C Mendez) was under a loose reign late and ran hard after breaking fast in last 12.3 drill for debut.
5TH RACE: Purse $9,500, thoroughbreds, claiming, fillies and mares, 3 year olds and up, 4 ½ furlongs.
LADY DELANEY (Bednar) outfinished recent $5,000 winner Swiss Heart when under pace pressure in last runnerup try at higher level and tries hard every time. TRIBAL PEACE (Boag) drops below claimed level after fading in last two Santa Anita outings and was second over this oval at higher level last December. BENICIA GEM (Guce) stumbled when losing the rider soon after the start of last to disregard and set the pace when winning two of prior three tries.
Pick Four Selections: $1 wager is $40. 6th Race (3,6); 7th Race (2,5); 8th Race (1,2,3,4,6); 9th Race (2,3). $1 wager is $90. 6th Race (3,5,6); 7th Race (2,5); 8th Race (1,2,3,4,6); 9th Race (1,2,3).
6TH RACE: Purse $5,575, maiden claiming, 3 year olds and up, 300 yards.
WALK THE DOG (Arana) has been a bad actor in the gate but finally draws on the far outside when he will be the last to load. OJOS DE TORO LOCO (Marquez) broke slow and lugged in solidly throughout when better-than-looked fifth in debut. HAWKS CUTIE PIE (Hernandez) broke fast and drifted in steadily throughout when working alone in encouraging 12.3 gate drill for comeback.
7TH RACE: Purse $7,035, maidens, fillies, 2 year olds, 300 yards.
MARIE LAVEUA 2 (Ayala) was a bit erratic early when throwing head up after the start of both drills but went well late in last 12.3 work. VERA BANG (C Mendez) broke fast and was well in hand when easily outworking a rival in first good 12.4 drill for debut. LR ROYAL FLUSH (Guymon) had clean trip in sixth-place debut vs. sharp first two finishers who had previous rapid gate drills and connections have done well the past few weeks.
8TH RACE: Purse $7,035, maidens, 3 year olds and up, 300 yrds.
EL REY CORONAS (C Mendez) outfinished eventual maiden winner Plug Wilson in last runnerup try two months ago and switches to leading rider. FORETELLING (Roman) lugged in steadily to the 1/16-pole when improved third in last while only making second start in 10 months. UN DIAMANTEPORCUATRO (E Garcia) broke sharp in both fourth-place outings and took an awkward step midway in first start.
9TH RACE: Purse $11,1025, allowance, 3 year olds, 350 yards.
FOO WHO (DeAlba) was very fractious before the start of last derby outing to disregard and dropped head photo vs. recent stakes winner Take A Look two outs ago. TANGO IN CASH (C Mendez) is quick from the gate and was fifth in last derby outing while facing runnerup who since beat allowance foes. OFF BEAT (Peinado) can fire fresh and broke fast while moving under hand ride in 17.9 gate drill for comeback.
BEST BET: CARTEL SECRETS (4TH RACE)