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Beginning today, I will cut the Blog postings down to three days a week. I enjoy writing these updates and have gotten a surprisingly positive response from readers, but my current workload is too heavy to be able to continue on a daily basis. Of course, if anything earth shattering happens on a Thursday or Saturday, I will break the format to post my thoughts. I would, however, like to invite readers to increase their comments and dialogue as a means of filling in for me on the off days.

On Wednesday, Wesley Ward and Martin Pedroza won their third straight baby race when DESTINY DREAMER easily took the opener. They have another one in tomorrow (LEVIN LEVON) who is the quickest one yet, according to assistant trainer Blake Heap. Speaking of Pedroza, he took a nasty header when NOBODYWANTSMUD stumbled badly in the 6th. Pedroza never got a chance to break his fall, instead going head first into the ground in a very scary fall. Pedroza was driven back to the tunnel by ambulance but walked back to the jock’s room while rubbing his neck and moving his head around in an attempt to loosen up the neck and shoulder area. I was shocked when he rode $10,000 claimer EPIC COMMANDER (third-place finish) in the nightcap. We’ve said it before, but these little guys are so tough it’s unbelievable…HONKY TONK BABY made it two straight for Kathy Walsh with a solid win in the 2nd…TALEGA CREEK won for only the second time in his career, running down favorite RUNS IN THE FAMILY in the 5th. He was tagged by Julio Canani, who is excellent off the claim…MEMORIES OF SUE took the 6th in front-running style despite Trevor saying that she could “find no more” in mid-stretch. The call then had her “suddenly back in front” but, in reality, she never lost the lead…HONNETE was correctly moved up by the stewards in the 7th after LE CIRQUE was disqualified and placed third. The call was a no-brainer (I just didn’t understand why the decision took so long) and HONNETE got her just reward. She had traffic trouble into the stretch, angled out, then was pushed out even further when ‘CIRQUE came out and bothered SEVEN STEPS, too. The Drydale-trainee is now two-for-two and looks to have a very promising future…MYSTERIOUS CAT wore down his “outclassed” opponents in the finale. The 9-year-old full horse won for the ninth time in 43 starts and was claimed by Ricardo Zamora. The winning connections appeared almost stunned when the red tag was put on–he seemed claim-proof at this stage of his career…ever notice how many times an impressive maiden claiming winner like SMOKE’N BLOKE runs poorly when dropped way down to face winners? It happens all the time….surprising claim of the day was Jack Carava taking DA SVEDONYA in the 2nd. Perhaps now she will get the long overdue rest she needs.

Leading rider Garrett Gomez rides in Dubai on Saturday, then returns home to fulfill existing engagements before shipping to Keeneland on Apr. 11. Chances are he will stay back East until next year’s Hollywood Park Fall or Santa Anita meet.

I had five top choice winners today and will be offering a 2-for-1 special on my Thursday-Friday Premium Plays. Buy Thursday (after 9:00 a.m. Pacific) and get Friday’s plays sent to your confirmation email address for free.

From Ed Golden’s Stable Notes: Don Pierce, who after hearing Jon Court’s Woolf Award acceptance speech, quipped, “If I could talk like that, I’d still be riding. He ought to run for President.”

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