A double today for trainer Ted H. West? The way I’ve been going lately, I don’t want to put a jinx on the high-percentage trainer, but he does have a couple of horses that look really good.
In the first, I like Good Gold with Norberto Arroyo Jr. aboard. West, a master at the claiming game, took this guy for $25,000 two races back at Fairplex Park and, after a solid second in a $40,000 optional claimer at the Pomona oval, West drops him back in for $25,000 today. You might not get much of a price, but it will be better than you can get in a B of A money market. Traffic Update and Final Finale are also contenders who I’ll use in exactas and doubles.
West also has Delivering Speed going in the fifth, a horse who has won his only start over the Santa Anita oval. Michael Baze is aboard.
There are some other interesting plays today:
4 — In Excelsis can score at a very, very nice price for trainer Ron McAnally and jockey Tyler Baze.
7 — New Export, with Corey Nakatani up for trainer Bobby Frankel, is my best bet of the day. I think he’s ready for a huge effort coming out of a restricted stakes race at Del Mar.
8 — Domingo Juan is a price player’s dream in the nightcap. He’ll be closing like a sonofagun. I think he’s a solid across-the-board play.