California Dreamin’ [Free Selections]

by Ed Meyer

posted on November 19, 2009 in Free Picks and Tips | No Comments >>

I love to see free selections. It gives me a race to focus on, and allows me to go a little deeper into the race.  I hope they lend some thought to the race, and with a little racing luck, hit the wire in front!

This Saturday at Hollywood Park, you may find some plays that need a little attention. Here are a few races that you may want to use in multi-race exotics.

Begin with Race #5 – Oceanographer. Santiago is the pilot, and is in the irons for David Hofmans. The last race gave me a deal of hope for the future. This two-year-old colt, by Stormy Atlantic, is making his first start on the weeds. He has been off since 8/22, and since then has been working smoking hot in the morning. The dam has four starters and two winners from her sample. He looks like a pace factor, and going 6f on the green can be conducive to speedsters.

Race #7 – Sartorial. Mike Smith in the saddle for Richard Mandella. He makes his third start off a layoff, and Mandella is a 40% ITM trainer. The even effort last out is a play that I follow. He came out, and rallied in between. He was bet pretty good at the windows, and is 4/6 at the distance. Smith and Mandella team up well together, and both get the most out of their race. Things are looking good for him, and you are going to want to see where he lays in the tier level.

Race #8 – Indian Firewater. This is a two-year-old son of Indian Charlie. Beaten favorite last out, and Bob Baffert comes back to win 29% on this move. Garrett Gomez is in the saddle, and he teams up with Baffert to win at 45%, and 74% ITM. Now, that is a pretty good number to follow. Baffert wins 25% with his graded stakes runners, and the works in the morning have been red-hot. He is 2/3 lifetime, and that last race in optional claiming company showed he is one to watch. A son of Indian Charlie, and his dam Touched is 100% with her babies. With the works, and the jock/trainer tandem, makes this a runner to use.

Let’s download the data and see where things lay. I like to handicap and get an idea, and then pair them up with tiered runners. You have to love the early handicapping as it gives you a start into some great value races.

Good luck!