Back with the spot plays at Golden Gate Fields. Great to have racing return to NoCal's flagship venue. The plays:
Race 1: #2 Old Way (6/1) gets back to the Tapeta for Lage after finishing 3rd at Santa Rosa 17 days ago. She has the field's best closing kick and the chief speed in here (Flamin Hot Mama) is a proven stopper in the stretch. Look for our pick to get bet down and collar these in the lane.
Race 7: Think this race is ripe for an upset and a few of these stand out as chief spoilers. One is #7 Expensive Pens (12/1) - who finally got his maiden diploma two starts ago under today's rider (Alejandro Gomez). When in the mood, the stalk-and-pounce type can offer a finish and that 36 2/5 drill here last week was a solid out.
Race 8: Another price play here in #8 Canalasso (12/1). He finished a clear 3rd in his turf bow last out for Godinez (in a race won by lone "F" Torre Italiana). With this bigger field today, he'll have a legit pace to run at and he has room for improvement in his 2nd go on the weeds. Can see longshots lighting up the exotics.