That is what Saturday is being called at my home track of Turf Paradise and there will be three stakes races run consecutively, which sets up a Pick Three possibility. Here are selections for each of the three stakes races, followed by a $1 Pick Three play:
Race 6- The $25,000 Sun City Handicap- This race will be 1 mile on the turf and I will put #2 Table Mesa on top for familiar Turf Paradise connections. Scott Stevens was aboard this mare for her last two, both seconds against stakes company. For second, I will use #8 Rare Sunset, who gets the riding services of Anne Von Rosen, who has had a nice meet for herself in Phoenix this winter. She was aboard for this mare's last win, two starts ago at one mile on the turf in an Allowance spot. I will wrap the top three with #10 Blumin Beauty off of her victory in the Mesa Handicap last time out over the main track on January 30. Leading rider Ry Eikleberry gets the call.
Race 7- The $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup- It is very tough to try and pick against the world-record holder at the distance and I will not here. #3 Twin Sparks followed up that world-record race with another stakes win at Turf Paradise on January 2 in the $50,000 Swift Stakes. Seven of his nine lifetime wins have come over the Phoenix oval. #6 Ez Dreamer is the second pick in the Gold Cup off of a dominating win in the Cactus Wren Handicap on December 19. His last work was a fast five furlongs on February 2, covering the length in 59 3/5 seconds. If you are looking for an upsetter, it might be #4 Highland Games. He is about due to get a win after three straight second-place results and his last work was a bullet on February 8.
Race 8- The $25,000 Turf Paradise Handicap- #4 One Call is my top selection in this spot with Miguel Hernandez riding. He won an Allowance turf race last time out on January 3. In fact, all three of his career wins have come over the greenery at Turf Paradise. I will put a recent stakes winner in second with #10 On My Dime. He won the prestigious Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile in Phoenix on January 16. Ry Eikleberry rode that day and is aboard again Saturday. Finally, I will wrap the top three with #8 Buff Daddy, who gets the riding services of Freddy Fong. His most recent try was a victory on January 12 in an Allowance start at one mile on the turf and he might fetch a nice price in here.
Here is the $1 Pick Three play for Super Saturday:
2-8-10 with 3-6 with 1-4-5-8-10
They Are Off accepts no responsibility for any wagers placed in conjunction with these selections. They are merely suggestions. Tune in again next week for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!