OK straight scoop for handicapping friends on my horses this weekend.
I like BJ's Angel tonight as long at it stays on the turf. A bit of a tough bet after a 5 month layoff but I think she will return to form, though this race is the one she needs before the 7/3 Princess Elaine Stakes race, which is amazingly the only MN bred turf Stakes race for fillies all season.
As an aside, it's a pity to breed a pretty good MN bred that can run classic distances on the turf and win in open company, to only get one MN Bred stakes turf race all season, at a track that should feature turf racing! We used to get two but they eliminated the MN Festival of Champions turf races. FYI, this why BJ won more in Illinois and Louisiana than Minnesota last year. Funny stuff for a MN bred.
Saturday, I don't really know what we will get from PJ's Angel. I think she will like two turns and run well late but with it being her first out condition may be a concern.
Sunday, Minnie Soda Nice and Samstar run against each other. They come from different stables though we own portions of each. Samstar, I hope, runs well in his third start. His two turn last race showed a speed rating which was easily his best so I think he is better at the two turns and is now dropping to a $30K claiming level. A later move by the jockey and a clear run home may be the key. Minnie gets his first race and we wanted to see him at two turns. He doesn't show great early lick so this may be a fit, but again it's his first out.
Hope this helps and good luck this weekend.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.