Race 1: 2-3-4
#2 Ivy Switch debuts here for the red hot Kim Ito/Brian Bell combo. Her dam, Hidden Dragon, was a career debut winner who later won the RG2 New Mexican Spring Futurity at Sunland. #3 Yessir E Bob ran a decent fourth to end the 2013 season. He faces a softer group today. #4 Executive Dash has hit the board in five of six starts. His speed figures are a bit on the low side, but he does consistently run well.
Race 2: 3-5-6
#3 Ms Kool O Toole is another debut runner for Kim Ito and Brian Bell. She is out of a stakes winning dam and is a half sister to stakes winner Bye Me Kool Bud. #5 Everything Fast ended last year with two very solid runner up finishes. With a fast break he should be a factor. #6 La Push debuted in July with a decent fourth place finish. She could improve as a three year old, and could round this race out.
Race 3: 3-1-5
#3 Oh Gary isn't the winningest horse out there, but he lays over this field in the speed figures. He's run a very good race at 250 yard distance and seems logical to get the win today. #1 Wild Chanson raced last week. With some improvement second off the layoff he could run we here. #5 Eyescap was a narrow winner back in September, just getting up in the last stride. 250 yard may be a bit short but she should be able to hit the board.
Race 4: 4-6-7
The return of a star, #4 Mitford broke the track record winning the Alex Picov Championship last year, beating the best older horses in Ontario while still a three year old. He's been dominant since coming to Canada and should be able to beat this conditioned allowance field. Scott Reid's other runner, #6 Arctic Fame is two for three in his career. He was outworked by Mitford on May 5th, but still looks good to hit the board. #7 Cheever makes his Ontario debut after spending last year racing in Michigan. He's consistent, he's stakes placed, he has a quick workout, should run well.
Race 5: 7-5-3
It's tough not to like #7 Rockish, a 10 year old gelding who still runs at a high level. He's four for four at the 250 yard distance, has run we off the layoff before, and is simply one of the classiest horses racing here, with earnings over $300,000. #5 Carter's Secret was a star as a two year old but wasn't as effective last year. Getting into allowance company may help his chances as a four year old. #3 Flick Me a Corona is tough to totally toss considering he has hit the board in 14 of his 25 starts. He's a logical choice to round out your exotics.
Race 6: 3-6-5
Today's feature is an Ontario Sired Open Allowance. #3 Pegasos One Underpar had a great 2013, winning five of his 10 starts and hitting the board in a pair of stakes races. He worked well on May 5th and looks good to keep the ball rolling in 2014. #6 Reckless an Wild was great as a two year old, winning the Alex Picov Futurity and hitting the board in two other Futurities. If he's good enough against older horses, 7-1 would be a generous price on him. #5 Not Looking to Shake raced against my top choice a few times last year, and was usually not far behind. He loves the 250 yard distance and won off the layoff last year. It's a pretty competitive race.
Race 7: 2-6-1
#2 Wild Roze has a class edge over this group, she ran in two Futurities last year and was respectable in both. Nice May 12th work, she should be very tough. #6 Lil Shaz finished behind Wild Roze in both of her starts last year, but the fact that she qualified for the Ontario Sired Futurity makes me respect her more than the rest. #1 Another Shark was beaten a head in his last start of 2013, arguably his best effort to date. Most of this field is pretty weak.