May be the last weekend for me for a while, so let's make this count!
SAR R9 (Test): My Happy Face. Been going back and forth on this one with Sweet Lulu. You know how much I respect Hollendorfer! But, I just can't here. She's never been on dirt and didn't have a listed workout either. Way too iffy for me to count on her liking it when she's going to be 7/5 or less. On the other hand, My Happy Face seems to be in great form right now and, come on, she's only lost to Princess of Sylmar, Kauai Katie (when she was going well), and Dreaming of Julia...seems like a steal if she's 3-1...
SAR R10 (Ballston): Laughing. Going straight to the lead and not looking back. Although, I'm really wondering which Centre Court is going to show up here.
SAR R11 (King's Bishop): Argh!!!! Let Em Shine? I really, really want him to win here. I shouldn't be so biased, but what can you do? I'm talking myself into thinking that BEL track was a lot heavier than it will be tomorrow. He ran a pretty decent race there too, coming back after Zee Bros headed him. Ok...put me down on him! I'm keeping Majestic Hussar on my exacta list too. I think he's sitting on a good one.
SAR R12 (Travers): To Orb or not to Orb. That is the question! I say yes, especially if he's 4-1 or more. I think he'll come back strong for this and, if he's on his game, he's the one to beat. I'll also play Palace Malice here in the exacta. I guess I don't think much of Verrazano... I'll probably be proven wrong on that one come Saturday night.
DMR 1: d'Obsession. Been running some nice races down the hill at SA. I think he fits well here. Sacred Ovation scares me though. He's going to pop and, hopefully, stop. Also, may need to rethink things if Insideondoutside draws in...I like him a lot.
DMR 2: Lady Asano. Looked brilliant last out. The only worry is whether Ismene will last or not. I don't think so. There's your cold exacta!
DMR 3: Valid But True. What do you do with Mudflats? He can't be this bad, can he? I don't really want to find out. Will go with Valid But True who looked good when loose on the lead last out. Should get a similar trip here. I worry that he didn't look like he'd get another 1/2 furlong last time, but I'm hoping it's just because Chantal was saving something in the tank. Will switch off to Cunning Ride if he draws in. Must also respect Just Irish. Also, will keep an eye on Baby Blake, but he's the definition of money burner, so respect but verify...or something like that...
DMR 4: Lady Bugatti. Meh...when you have 10 starters with 7 first-timers, you can only look for the name Baffert and pick one. Will watch the tote on this one. If Be Proud is 4/5 or some silly number like that, I'll switch to her. Need to play the momentum this race!
DMR 5 (DM Mile): Obviously. Obviously!!!
DMR 6: Primal Instinct. Double meh! When you have 10 starters with 10(!!!) first-timers, you can only look for the name Baffert and pick one.
DMR 7 (Pat O'Brien): Morning Line. Now, we're cooking! If he's on, he's going to roll here! Made a decent move down the stretch last out after a year off. Should get a pretty decent price too! Must respect Fed Biz and Goldencents.
DMR 8: Zanbo. But, will switch off to Warren's Flasher if she gets in. Also, need to respect Lilbourne Eliza. If she gets an easy lead, which is pretty likely, she could be tough down the lane.
DMR 9 (Pacific Classic): Dullahan. I'm pretty sure you shouldn't be betting against GoD, but he'll be 3/5, so what can you do? I will definitely keep an eye on Farraaj too. I have a suspicion that he's locked and loaded for this. Set a track record at the scenic and quaint looking Lingfield park *on* the Poly *at* this distance. So what if he beat a bunch of tomato cans...
DMR 10: Smokin Cat. Ran a mind-ing race last out after nearly going to the ground coming out of the gate. Sure, he got the dream trip, but I think he's going to be well placed if he can get away cleanly here. Forever Freedom looms here as he had the wide trip in that same race, but nearly got there.
DMR 11: Volkonsky. Money burner, or just unlucky in who he's been up against? I will guess the latter and hope I go home a winner!
Good luck all!