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Saturday’s racing handicaps | Emerald Downs

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First three horses listed in each race in order of predicted finish.


First race: 2 p.m.

1 Three furlongs, purse $3,600, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $3,500
6Ba Snowbound Chick L Camacho-Flores2125
4Mr Foxy Zoom D Hoonan5/2123
1Bcr Beat the Traffic M Iammarino3125
2Long Hollow L Lopez7/2125
3Phils Tommy Hawk C Doll15125
5Junos Last Cat J Rosales12125

Ba Snowbound Chick is in good form. Mr Foxy Zoom has Debbie Hoonan aboard. She has won six of her 10 rides on Quarter Horses at Emerald this year. Bcr Beat the Traffic won at this distance 13 days ago at Portland Meadows.

2 51/2 furlongs, purse $13,225, 2-year-old, maiden claiming $25,000
5Belladiva R Richard7/2115
3Zoomzoomania J Gutierrez4118
2Patches Pal I Enriquez3118
1Uptownfreddybrown E Kubinova5/2118
4Its Guiness Time D Hoonan8118
6Tactical Strike J Matias5118

Belladiva faced winners in her debut and she should do much better against maiden claimers, even though she faces boys in this race. Her trainer, Junior Coffey, is 3 for 3 at this meeting with maidens making their second start. Zoomzoomania was doomed by a poor start in his debut. Patches Pal has worked out well for his career debut.

3 51/2 furlongs, purse $6,725, 2-year-old, maiden claiming $7,500
3Watch for Trevor I Enriquez8/5118
4Alta's Star J Gutierrez5/2118
7Stormin Parker A Sanguinetti5118
1Sorry Pal L Lopez12118
2Coach Vince M Hardison15113
5Rio Merits C Doll8118
6Country Boy D Lopez6118

Watch for Trevor is the horse they’ll likely have to catch. Alta’s Star has leading rider Juan Gutierrez aboard. Stormin Parker was last of 10 at the start in his debut and could have a chance with a quicker break from the gate.

4 11/16 miles, purse $4,725, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $2,500
3It's Our Pleasure J Whitaker5/2124
1Adam N Ryan E Kubinova3124
5Perusethenews L Camacho-Flores9/2124
2La Capitana M Hardison15119
4Cavanagh Bay I Enriquez2124
6Bebe Chrissy J Gutierrez10124

It’s Our Pleasure lost by a half-length in his last race and it was 4 lengths back to the third-place horse, Adam N Ryan. Perusethenews is dangerous if he heads for the early lead.

5 6 furlongs, purse $4,400, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $2,500
4Sharp Focus J Gutierrez4/5124
6Snooper Dauper J Zunino5/2124
1Bootedfromthebar I Enriquez6118
2Asummerprospect L Camacho-Flores15124
3Wild W B T M Hardison20119
5Eagle Butte N Chaves12118
7Krain Corner M Iammarino12124

Sharp Focus drops in class to a level where he should be hard to beat. Snooper Dauper has been second or third in his past four starts. Bootedfromthebar prevailed in a field of 11 to break his maiden two weeks ago.

6 61/2 furlongs, purse $7,450, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $7,500
7Leadership J Whitaker4124
4Expenses Paid D Lopez6124
6Southfork Pegasus L Camacho-Flores12124
1Exclusive Star I Enriquez5/2124
2Strong Move R Richard10124
3Who's Cat Is Dat J Matias3118
5Big Fat Storm E Kubinova9/2118
8White River Pirate D Hoonan12118

Leadership drops in class. Two starts ago, he might have won but ran into traffic problems in the stretch, and in his last race, he couldn’t chase down the winner, who got a leisurely early lead. Expenses Paid is in good form. Southfork Pegasus can get into the trifecta.

7 1 mile, purse $10,500, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $10,000/$8,000
2Big Bad Brown E Kubinova8/5124
5Double Shuffle I Enriquez2120
3Tobiah's Journey D Hoonan4122
1Surfliner M Iammarino12119
4He's a Cruiser L Camacho-Flores7/2124

Big Bad Brown looks for his fourth win in his past five races. Double Shuffle has been off since January, but he has been working out great and his last start on dirt was great. Tobiah’s Journey is in good form.

8 61/2 furlongs, purse $12,700, 3-year-olds and up, claiming $15,000/$12,500
3Edge Forward D Lopez7/2120
2Come Away Home J Gutierrez2124
5Tapadero I Enriquez3120
1Bleu Tarp E Kubinova5120
4Rezar J Matias5124
6Havanna Red A Sanguinetti6120

SCRATCHED: Dare Me Devil.

Edge Forward drops to a career-low class level after finishing third in his last race, and he has a decent chance in an even race. Come Away Home has been worse than second in his past five starts, and Tapadero has not been worse than second in his past four starts.

9 51/2 furlongs, purse $5,250, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, claiming $2,500
3Wedge of Gold N Chaves2123
4Hardbody D Lopez8/5123
2Fantasyville D Hoonan8123
1Mt Peak J Zunino20119
5All the Rage J Matias3123
6Ms Eagle Eye L Camacho-Flores8123

SCRATCHED: Angel Unaware.

Wedge of Gold is tough at this level and and rarely runs a bad race. Hardbody won three times earlier this year at Emerald, and returns to Auburn after a poor start in Northern California. Fantasyville won two starts ago at this distance.

BEST BET: Leadership.

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