Race 4, Scheduled Post Time: 6:32 PM EDT
Selection: Cautious Giant
Trainer Jerry Quinn is training the Carla Gaines horses while Gaines, on suspension, hangs out at the racetrack and doesn’t train herhorses–an arrangement approved by the CA stewards, meaning that all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.
The Jerry Quinn-trained two-year-old Cautious Giant did not look to be very much racehorse in his debut. Right or wrong (and we’ll know soon enough), we’re having none of that. We think this son of Giant’s Causeway has ability, and we’ll be playing him to show some of it today–at a price–as he stretches from 6.5F to a mile. He trained decently for his debut but has stepped it up since. He has a sensational Pedigree Rating of 99 for synthetic routes. In any event, it takes very little to get us to play Giant’s Causeways in synthetic routes. At morning line odds of 10-1, Cautious Giant is our key here.
Of the horses who have actually performed well in the afternoon, New Year’s Day looks much the best to us. So we’ll use him with Cautious Giant in exactas and in trifectas that use Bond Holder, Carson’s Ten, and Candy Boy to fill the vacant hole.
Race 11, Scheduled Post Time: 9:57 PM EDT
Selection: Wasted At Midnight
Wasted At Midnight enters this race off a very strong speed figure of 93–a number 8 points faster than the best number any other horse in this field has ever run. What is more, she earned that number with a difficult trip. She stalked the 1-2 favorite–the promising, Baffert-trained filly Socialbug–in the early part of the race, attacked her from the outside before the turn, and then continued on while wide around the turn, before proving to be no match for the favorite. Today, she looks to be in line for a kinder sort of stalking trip, and she will be making her second start off the layoff, buttressed by strong workouts since her return race. Her connections thought enough of her to enter her in the Del Mar Debutante last year. At morning line odds of 7-2, Wasted At Midnight is the selection.
In exotics, we plan on making strong use of Tappingintherain: putting her in every trifecta combination we play. We like her June 29 sprint at Hollywood Park, in which she duelled for the early lead and fought ferociously to the wire. We also like her July 27 turf route, in which she engaged early, backed off, and then tried to make a run.
In addition, we will use Moon Ride and Scherzinger defensively