Let’s Take a look at Today’s Card

10 Jul

By Dennis Miller

Welcome to the last three days of the Alameda County Fair racing meet in Pleasanton!

There will still be racing the next two weeks at the track, but it will be under the flag of the California State Fair after the group decided to run its allotted two weeks of racing in Pleasanton.

Post time today is 2:45 p.m. for the seven-race card.

Let’s take a look at today’s card:

Race 1 (One mile and 70 yards, 2:45 p.m.): Uber Star (No. 3) appears to be the one to beat here. Trained by Jonathan Wong and ridden by William Antongeorgi, the horse has two career starts over the Pleasanton track, winning here last year. Has two career starts on the dirt, with the last 10 at Golden Gate Fields. Will take a lot of action because of the connections and drops into a much easier spot than his last start. Lovenseek (No. 5) came back after being off for over a year and was sixth against similar at Golden Gate Fields, a surface where the horse has won five of 11 career starts. Trained by Jack Steiner and ridden by Catalino Martinez, we are willing to give him a pass for the last race. He has a solid work tab since the return and now stretches out to a route. River of Champagne (No. 4) runs for Frank Lucarelli and is coming to the dirt off a disappointing turf effort where on the pace, then faded late. Silvio Amador has the ride for a horse that has had a good work tab since fading on the grass. My picks: 3-5-4.

Race 2 (5-1/2 furlongs, 3:20 p.m.): Winter Fog (No. 3) runs for Billy McLean and has two wins in five starts, with none of them coming on the dirt. Very likely to be up near the front here under the guidance of David Lopez. Powers Times Two (No. 4) has been off over a month for trainer John Martin, but the barn hits at 25 percent with 31-60 days off. Silvio Amador has the call for a horse with two career starts at Pleasanton, one of which was a win. Mr. Diplomat (No. 5) will be a late runner for trainer Isidro Tamayo. The horse was sixth here earlier in the meet in a route and now cuts back to a sprint, one of the few weak angles for the barn. Joejoe’s Kingdom (No. 6) comes in with the best last race Beyer and looks ready to run for trainer Quinn Howey and jockey Alejandro Gomez. Expect some early speed here as the horse has a pair of 870-yard, Quarter-horse starts under his belt. My picks: 6-4-3.

Race 3 (5-1/2 furlongs, 3:50 p.m.): A less than inspiring field of six here, with the horses having never won two races. John’s Intuition (No. 4) I think will be the post time favorite for trainer and Pleasanton boy Jeff Bonde. The horse was running in $30,000-$50,000 maiden races down south, then dropped to $20,000 at Santa Anita in May where he was 11th. Bonde shipped the horse north, went into an $8,000 maiden race and scored a front running win at Golden Gate in his last starts, and now the $50,000 horse is running for a $8,000 tag. Wink and a Dream (No. 5), also broke in an $8,000 maiden race two back at Golden Gate Fields for trainer Debbie Winick. Two pedestrian starts followed the win and now the horse drops into the lower claiming race. Jazz Street (No. 6) also won a $8,000 maiden, this one on June 20 when he wired the field at Golden Gate for trainer Greg James. I have always been a fan of James and with the horse hitting the board in three of six career starts, he figures to take plenty of action. The Filter (No. 1) broke two back at $12,500 for trainer Ed Moger with a front-running win, something that always plays well in Pleasanton. With William Antongeorgi up and breaking from the rail, look for the horse to get out quick. My picks: 4-1-6-5.

Race 4 (One mile and 70 yards, 4:20 p.m.): This one has the best runners of the day. Gratzie (No. 3) has not been out of the exacta in her last five starts, all with Antongeorgi up for trainer Manuel Badilla. The horse has shown the ability to come from way back or sit close and pounce in the lane. A $5,000 purchase, the 9-year-old mare has $237,000 in career earnings. Northwest Factor (No. 6) has 12 career dirt starts, hitting the board in nine of them. Statistically that looks well suited for Pleasanton and the 4-year-old filly has run in five stakes races the last year at either Emerald Downs or Turf Paradise. A tougher field? Probably, but this is the second start off a six-month layoff for trainer Tim McCanna. Draws the services of Frank Alvarado, which makes the horse an even bigger threat as he is hitting at 38 percent in Pleasanton. Hal’s Buddy (No. 5) will go from turf to dirt for trainer Billy McLain. The horse has hit the board once in three starts this year but has come in the money five times in seven career starts in Pleasanton. Big concern is she’s been solidly beaten by Gratzie in the last two starts. My picks: 3-6-5.

Race 5 (1-1/16 mile, 4:50 p.m.): Papa Do Run (No. 4) will be the favorite and with four runs in the exacta in five starts this year, the horse is obviously in good form for trainer Angelo Tekos. Kyle Frey gets the call on a horse that has one career start over the Pleasanton track, that coming last year when he crossed the line first but was subsequently disqualified. He will be on or near the lead. Turnaround (No. 6) was third here against better earlier in the meet. D. Wayne Baker has seen the horse hit the board in three of his last four starts. Will also be a pace factor. Classic Champ (No. 2) sees trainer Ed Moger retain the services of Alvarado for the horse’s dirt debut. He appears to be better coming off the pace and should get a decent one to run at. If you want to take a long shot play, you find one here with Bernardos Hideaway. Quentin Miller trains for George Schmitt for this runner that was sired by Sierra Sunset, a sire that sees his offspring produce solid dirt runners. The horse has hit the board in 11 of 25 career starts, with six of those coming in nine dirt starts. My picks: 4-1-2.

Race 6 (6 furlongs, 5:20 p.m.): Carrie’s Success (No. 7) has every right to be the favorite here for trainer Jonathan Wong. Four starts this year and four times hitting the board with one win, a pair of seconds, and one third. Has been under 3-1 in her last eight starts, winning three times. Antongeorgi gets the call here. Bounty of Gold (No. 5) figures to be the pace setter for Steve Sherman and jockey Julian Couton. Rickey Gonzalez had the call for the last three races – a win and two seconds – but he’s taken his tack to Del Mar. Cozze Kid (No. 4) has a perplexing past. After breaking her maiden two years ago in an impressive debut, she came back and ran in a pair of 2-year-okd stakes races for trainer Jamey Thomas. It has been an uninspiring run since then with a pair of wins surrounded by bad runs. Still in this field she may be tough. Maycee Jo (No. 6) may need a race since she has been off since October a series of poor efforts. The return works for trainer Billy McLean have been nothing to get excited about. Only one win in 15 career starts, but it did come over the Pleasanton track in 2018. My picks: 7-5-6.

Race 7 (One mile and 70 yards, 5:50 p.m.): This looks like the first two might come from the Isidro Tamayo barn. Speed Saver (No. 4) may have the advantage here with 12 starts over the dirt, of which five times he hit the board. Three solid races in a row, including the best last race Beyer, as well as cutting his tag in half makes this one to watch. Maxinamillion (No. 8) has not started on the dirt before, but was claimed last time by Tamayo, a barn that hits at 31 percent first off, a claim.  He has run well against better but has to take to the dirt. Giant Mark (No. 7) could be the pace setter for trainer Samuel Calvario and owner Johnny Taboada. He has hit the board 50 percent of his starts on dirt, so he’s worth watching in this race. My picks: 4-8-7.

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