I think there might be four bettable races today at Hollypark:
4th — Bill Spawr has Thelma Rose, a 3-year-old daughter of Rio Verde, ready to roll. He claimed her for $25,000 on Feb. 21 at Santa Anita, raised her all the way up to $50,000 and put her on the grass in a two-turn race. She’d never gone two turns in nine previous races and she finished seventh, beaten six lengths. Today, she drops back into a sprint — where she’s 2 for 5 — at a level higher ($32,000) than where she was claimed. She switches back to Rafael Bejarano, who had ridden her in six prior races before the last. I like this gal a lot.
5th — Cape Truth drops from the Pasadena Stakes into an $80,000 claimer and regains the services of Garrett Gomez, who rode the 3-year-old Cape Town colt when he broke his maiden at Santa Anita two back. The fact he’s trained by Doug O’Neill obviously doesn’t hurt his cause.
6th — Union Soldier went postward at 25-1 in his bow at Santa Anita on Jan. 22 and finished fourth in an $80,000 maiden claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs on Pro-Ride. I like the fact trainer Ron Ellis saw enough in this guy to put him in a maiden special weight and switch him to the grass. He’s a contender in here.
7th — A winner of two of three lifetime, Lemon Supreme figures to stalk the pace and have plenty in the stretch for jockey Tyler Baze, who inherits the mount from Joel Rosario. The 4-year-old Lemon Drop Kid filly is on the rise and I’ll single her in my pick six and late pick four.
Good luck today!!