Shortened Stakes Weekend

Hola Amigos,

We start a short weekend ( Only Racing Friday and Saturday) of racing tonight here at Los Alamitos with the Grade 1 La Primer a Del Año Derby for 3yo fillies going 400 yards for a purse of $214,300 set as the last race on the card. In addition we have the first baby race of the year as 2yo fillies make their debut today in the 6th race of the evening. To add more spice to the card, we have top jockeys Ramon Guce and Dionicio Navarro returning to action from injuries. Good card on tap for what should be some competitive racing with some good prices to be had. Two pick four plays to follow. Lets get to it.

Race 1: This is a bottom level maiden race which will have a low priced favorite with #7 Agouti Go. I don't trust her and many of these runners are making second life time start which in my opinion is where many runners show vast improvement so I will press the All button and try to catch a price.

Race 2: I believe this is a two horse race between the two favorites so I will take as stand and single #6 Timberman. This gelding was making his first start since December last out and ran a good third despite a slow break while running out of ground when only beaten three-quarters of a length against a solid field. He gets a good outside post today with an extra 30 yards to work with. Single.

Race 3: I love #5 I Told You Twice in this spot. This gelding comes off his best lifetime Beyer speed figure in a race that was run in a solid final time for this level. Ran a decent third and now goes first off the claim for a barn that is winning at 28% percent with that move. Slight improvement gets this gelding to the winners circle. Single.

Race 4: Closing out the early pick four with a solid group of runners. I am going four deep to close out my play with #1 Standoffer, #5 Now What, #6 Cold Cristal (top pick), and #7 Look in at a Winner.

$32 Early Pick four play: All/6/5/1,5,6,7

Race 6: First Baby race of the year for 2yo fillies. Going to enjoy the race and just press the all button. Anything can happen.

Race 7: There are many things to like about my single in this race which is #2 Hidden Dash. Loved the win last out off a layoff in a good final time against a tough field. Earned her career best speed figure last out and seems to be primed for a repeat coming back at the same level.

Race 8: I Believe this is again a two horse race so I will once again take a stand and single instead of doubling my ticket. The single is #2 To Legacy With Love. Goes a for a new trainer that wins at 19% with new runners and this filly comes into the race with a sharp bullet workout and is making the her 3yo debut. Big improvement expected.

Race 9: The Grade 1 La Primera Del Año Derby. This race closes out the card with a good field of nine lining up at the gate. I believe there is three contenders that stand out above the rest in class and ability and I will use #1 Flame N Flash (top pick), #2 This Boogie Fires, and #5 Zoomdasher.

$21 Late Pick four Play: All/2/2/1,2,5

Good luck!

Lets have some fun and get some winners home.
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