Race Home the Choice in Turf Paradise Derby

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By Emily Shields

Race Home is the 5-2 choice in a wide-open edition of the $50,000 Turf Paradise Derby for three-year-olds at Turf Paradise. The February 15 race is run over 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Race Home is a son of Race Day trained by Manuel Ortiz. He won his first two starts, both at Emerald Downs, including the prestigious Gottstein Futurity. He missed last out in the Lost in the Fog Juvenile by two lengths, but probably prefers two turns and was sprinting last out. He is a winner over the distance, the only horse in the field to do so.

Arizona Jeremy is the horse that won the Lost in the Fog Juvenile. He was 6-1 but owns a stellar record over the track with three wins and two seconds in six starts. He was third last out at Sunland but neither of the horses ahead of him are back for this. Molly Pearson trains the gelded son of Ez Effort.

Wicked Winnings is Race Home’s stablemate. He is a two-time winner over the track including a 7 ½-length score in allowance company here over a mile in December. He finished fourth in the Startac on the turf last out, but returns to the main track for this. The son of Dialed In has two wins around a mile, and will have Alex Anaya up.

Swagsational drew outside. The gelded son of Gallant Son is out of a Holy Bull mare. He won the Startac here by a whopping 8 ½-lengths over Wicked Winnings and Justice Jammers, who is 20-1 morning line here. Swagsational has won two in a row by open lengths. Surface doesn’t seem to matter. Kassie Guglielmino will ride.

The field is completed by recent maiden winners Herzen and Hondo Lane – the latter broke his maiden at Zia Park by 11 lengths – Coastline Sermon, and Jacks Outlaw. Wager on the Turf Paradise Derby and the entire eight-race card with TVG.


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