A busy weekend of stakes races at the Alameda County Fair starts today with the inaugural running of the $50,000 Livermore Valley Wines Stakes.
A field of eight will go to post in the 9th race today for the six furlong sprint for 3-year-olds bred in California.
Road Ready, out Pleasanton's Jeff Bonde's barn, should be the favorite in the race. Road Ready, who will be ridden by Russell Baze, has won two of six career starts, including one of two starts this year. The horse won the Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas back in April.
In his most recent start, Road Ready ran third in the $100,000 Chick Lang at Pimlico in Maryland. Bonde has prepared the horse with a pair of bullet works over the track in Pleasanton.
Ain't No Other is out of the Steve Myadi barn and the winner of four of five starts this year, looks like the main speed horse in the field and should be setting the pace of the speed-friendly Pleasanton track.
The last two starts for Ain't No Other were a win in the Harry Henson at Hollywood in late April and a third in the Grade III Laz Barrera. Ain't No Other will be ridden by JJ Hernandez.
Unbridled Endeavor, Midnight Fiddle, Mack's Golf Bullet, Runaway Wildcat, Klassy Saint and Crown Over round out the field.
Miller's picks for today are:
1. Jackson's Dream…Was a star last year, been off since October
Sis-Q Mayten…Seems to love Pleasanton track
Jani Nelson…Third here last week
2. Unexpected Gift…Should be setting the pace
Simperio…Trainer solid with turf to dirt change
Carr Creek…Could also be pushing the pace
3. Little Scholar…Been hitting the board vs. much better
Won't Stop Dancing…SoCal shipper hasn't shown much
Forty Cts…Another big dropper
4. Duke of Doom…Looks like he is ready to roll
Northern Causeway…Has the speed to be out front
Cody Peak….Needs to stay closer to pace here
5. Blarney Kiss…Been working over Pleasanton track
My Sirah Sirah…..May fit well in this field
Lady From Denver…Has burned a lot of money in career
6. Fist Pump…Trainer great with first time starters
My Mans No Lady…..Expect improvement in second start
No Team Spirit…Beat others in this race last start
7. Senior Rapido…Bullet work over track for debut
Chile de Oro…Other half of entry also looks ready
Fast Breeze…Seems like a good fit in here
8. P Town Brown…Been very consistent runner
Yagotkissesforpops…Came off the shelf to win in last
Smokin Fame…Good speed, may set pace
9. Road Ready…Will be closing with a rush
Ain't No Other…Should by flying out front
Unbridled Endeavor…Been very strong all year
10. Desert Flight…Barn very good with first time off a claim
Whispering Dixie…Consistent runner fits here
Old Way…Nice work coming into the race