PICK: #6 Trumpence (Race 5 - Will Rogers Downs)
#6, Trumpence, Jose Medina, 5-2
He makes only his second start of the year and his seventh career (4-1-0). He finished sixth in his last start in the Stonerside Sprint Stakes at Sam Houston Park on Jan. 26. A start prior, he won an allowance race by three lengths at 23-1 odds ($46.80) in an allowance race at Remington Park on Dec. 14. Jose Medina gets the call for trainer Kenneth Nolen. I think he returns right back to form today in his second career start here, taking home a maiden claiming win in his debut on May 20.
Verdict: The pick
#5, Miltontown, Ty Kennedy, 5-1
He is making his 15th career start (2-0-0) after two straight fourth-place finishes at Delta Downs in February. He looks for his first win since a claiming race at Churchill Downs on May 25. Two starts after that, he finished 12th in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Century Mile on Aug. 18. Taking a shot for an in the money finish in his first start here. Ty Kennedy is in the saddle for trainer Robertino Diodoro.
#1, Taruca, Floyd Wethey, Jr., 2-1
The veteran makes his 28th career start (7-6-5) and his third this year (1-1-0). He has finished in the money in seven straight and eight of his last nine starts, including a win in his last by a neck as the favorite in a starter optional claiming race at Sam Houston Park on Feb. 29. Floyd Wethey, Jr. has the mount for trainer Ray Ashford, Jr. He should be right there at the end.